The 2007 version of Team Milram is meeting for the first time in Montegrotto Terme (near Padova, Italy). The objective is some on-bike training, along with team photos, distribution of technical gear, medical controls and planning of the 2007 schedules. The boys will also travel to Bremen (Germany) too meet with Milram's parent company, Nordmilch.
The 2007 Milram sprint train should be stronger than ever. Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel will welcome the new additions of Aussie Brett Lancaster and Ukrainian Volodymyr Dyudya.
"Yes, the train will become stronger," Petacchi confirmed to La Gazzetta dello Sport. "Lancaster is used to keeping the speeds very high and he is able to be in the right position. Dyudya is still a little bit 'green' but he has the desire and the quality to be in this project. Don't forget [Alessandro] Cortinovis and [Elia] Rigotto. Alessandro is used to taking the train to the front of the group. Elia is shrewd and is very cunning, and he is also great in the confusion. [Fabio] Sacchi, [Alberto] Ongarato and [Marco] Velo are a guarantee."
Petacchi's calendar leading up to the Milano-Sanremo, will likely be Qatar, GP Etruschi, Volta ao Algarve, Volta Valenciana and Tirreno-Adriatico.
The next Milram meeting is planned to start on January 11 in Donoratico (Toscana), excluding the members of the team that will be attending the Tour Down Under.