Milram has officially confirmed its formation for the 91st Ronde van Vlaanderen, in which Alessandro Petacchi will not take part. After his abandon of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, the sprinter from La Spezia opted for a less demanding schedule to concentrate on his Giro d'Italia preparations.
Petacchi will attach a race number again in the Rund um Köln, April 9, and could make the trip north for the Gent-Wevelgem, April 11. Meanwhile, Milram will point towards victory in De Ronde with Erik Zabel, who once finished fourth. Backing the German will be Alessandro Cortinovis, Ralf Grabsch, Brett Lancaster, Volodymyr Dyudya, Alberto Ongarato, Fabio Sacchi and Marcel Sieberg. Reserves will be Sebastian Siedler, Enrico Poitschke and Niki Terpstra, with Directeur Sportif Gianluigi Stanga.