Coming in 14th at Milan-San Remo with the same time as the winner would satisfy most riders, but not Gerolsteiner's Fabian Wegmann. "It could have been better," Wegmann said on his personal website, fabianwegmann.de. In the last corner before the finish he was in third place, and the group had just swallowed up the breakaway. "Pozzato had left the breakaway and was going on, and I had picked the rear wheel of Oscar Freire - a comfortable and strategically good place for a sprint after a mammoth 300 km long race. But unfortunately I lost the contact with him in the hectic finale and there was immediately a gap between us. Catching up with him again cost me everything I had and the final sprint was already done in front."
However, he the young Gerolsteiner rider counted himself lucky to be in the main group. On the Poggio, "another rider, whose name I don't want to mention, pushed me out of his way and I had to put my foot down. Just like that I lost 20 places and was too far back to catch up quickly." But catch up he did, and his 14th place combined with David Kopp's 12th place and Markus Zberg's 17th, gave Gerolsteiner important points in the ProTour team ranking.
Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer