T-Mobile "didn't accomplish" its goals in spring

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"I have to say that we didn't accomplish what we set out to do," said Team T-Mobile team manager Olaf Ludwig. "We wanted to win the classics. We didn't succeed." He was more satisfied with the way the team "showed itself" in April, saying it was "on the attack and rode aggressively...I'm aware, though, that ultimately that's not enough."

Ludwig remains convinced that, "The wins will come." He points to the performances of two team newcomers. "Patrik Sinkewitz has been riding very strongly and consistently for many weeks. He absolutely lived up to our expectations. I was surprised by our newcomer Andre Greipel. He won two stages in Rheinland-Pfalz and rode very courageously at his races. That was significant."

He further notes that the team rode well in Henninger and Amstel. "The team can be proud of their performance. By contrast, I was disappointed by the performances at the E3-Prijs Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem. In the decisive moments the team was not concentrated and made small tactical mistakes. I put that point across very clearly to the riders and didn't mince my words."

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