Defending champion Matthias Kessler will lead the T-Mobile Team in Spain this weekend, with the team still hunting for its first victory of the season. Kessler will try to successfully defend his 2003 and 2004 victories in the GP Miguel Indurain. He will be supported by Andreas Klöden, Oscar Sevilla, Paco Lara, Giuseppe Guerini, Christian Werner and Sergei Yakovlev. Frans van Looy and Brian Holm will serve as sporting directors for the race.
Team spokesman Luuc Eisenga didn't seem too optimistic about the team's chances: "It is a relatively difficult race, in which only really good climbers have a chance," he said. "Just because Matthias has won it the last two years is no guarantee that he will do well again on Saturday. 'Matse' will have to rely on his teammates for help."
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