By Susan Westemeyer
Marcus Burghardt may not be one of the biggest names on T-Mobile but he could be one of the happiest to be on the team. He joined the team as a neo-pro in 2005 and had a reasonably good first season. But last year things didn't go so well; a knee problem cost him three whole months of the season. But an operation finally solved the problems, and although he is still working to build up the muscles again, he is confident of being able to soon ride at full power.
Another reason Burghardt is happy to be there is because it took a while for his new contract to come about. In fact, he was one of the last to be re-signed. After a year like he had just been through, he knew there was a possibility of not getting another chance, so receiving the new contract has given him an extra motivation for the new season.