Patrik Sinkewitz is not able to start the season with his new T-Mobile Team the way he wanted to: an infection under his kneecap is severely limiting his training at the moment. "I can't put my full weight on the knee," Sinkewitz said on the team's website.
Team doctor Lothar Heinrich put the blame on a new pedaling technique Sinkewitz had been trying. The pain started over the holidays, after the winner of the 2004 Deutschland Tour had returned from three weeks' training in South Africa with teammates, including Jan Ullrich, but before he traveled to Mallorca on January 1. Heinrich prescribed limited training for the young rider, saying, "Patrik is very ambitious, we have to hold him back so that he doesn't begin too soon with intensive training."
Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer