Alessandro Petacchi will lead Team Milram this weekend in Germany. In the 100th Rund um die Hainleite in Erfurt on Saturday the 33 year-old Italian will line up as part of a seven-man team. The race organizers are not enthusiastic about his presence, but said that they can't prevent him from riding.
Milram for Hainleite will consist of Petacchi with Enrico Poitschke, Fabio Sabatini, Niki Terpstra, Dennis Haueisen, Sebastian Schwager and Björn Schroeder.
The Germany-based team will field a similar team for Sparkassen Giro in Bochum on Sunday but with the addition of Tour de France riders Erik Zabel and Marcel Sieberg, both of whom have been on the podium in of the race in recent years. Zabel was third in 2006 and Sieberg finished second in 2005.
The Milram team for Bochum will be Zabel, Petacchi, Sieberg, Ralf Grabsch, Fabio Sabatini, Martin Müller and Niki Terpstra.