Team Milram at the start of Liege-Bastogne-Liege
Tomorrow's Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Lüttich–Bastogne–Lüttich, UCI category HIS) marks the end of the Ardennes Week for Team Milram. At the start of this great cycling classic will be both Fabian Wegmann and team captain Linus Gerdemann. In addition Christian Henn, Team MILRAM's Directeur Sportif, puts his faith in Germans Johannes Fröhlinger, Christian Knees, Matthias Ruß and Björn Schröder, Slovak Peter Velits and Austrian Peter Wrolich on the 250 kilometers with start and finish in Liege, Belgium.
"That is a very special race on Sunday," commented Team Milram captain Linus Gerdemann. "Because of the race profile, it is better for me than the Amstel Gold Race last weekend. I feel very well right now and have prepared myself especially for Lüttich-Bastogne-Lüttich."
Liege-Bastogne-Liege is one of the oldest one-day races in the world. It has been raced since 1892 and therefore is nicknamed "La Doyenne" (The Old Lady). Because of the hilly nature of the race through the Wallonian Ardennes, the Classic is considered to be one of the most challenging races in the world. The second half of the 250 kilometer race is especially difficult. In the last 80 kilometers there are nine of the short but extremely steep climbs, the so-called Côtes, plus the final climb to the finish line.
Eddy Merckx has won "La Doyenne“ the most times, with a total of five wins between 1969 and 1975. The only German winners of the race are Hermann Busse in 1930 and Dietrich Thurau in 1979.
Team Milram's line-up for the 2009 Liege-Bastogne-Liege:
Johannes Fröhlinger (GER/Freiburg im Breisgau), Linus Gerdemann (GER/Kreuzlingen, SUI), Christian Knees (GER/Euskirchen), Matthias Ruß (GER/Oberried), Björn Schröder (GER/Berlin), Peter Velits (SVK/Riemst,BEL), Fabian Wegmann (GER/Freiburg im Breisgau), Peter Wrolich (AUT/Klagenfurt).
Directeur Sportif: Christian Henn (GER).