T-Mobile Classics specialists Andreas Klier and Servais Knaven will be looking to put the final touch on their form in the Volta ao Algarve before heading to the Spring Classics in Belgium the beginning of March. They wll be leading the magenta team in the five-stage race along the Portugese coast from February 21 to 25, the team announced.
"The Algarve Tour fits perfectly into our preparations," said director sportif Tristan Hoffman. "The riders can test their form but are not forced beyond their limits." Sprinters Bernhard Eisel and Andre Korff will also be in Portugal to contest the sprint finishes. Eisel won the second stage of the race last year.
T-Mobile for Volta ao Algarve: Lorenzo Bernucci, Scott Davis, Vernahrd Eisel, Andreas Klier, Servais Knaven, Andre Korff, Patrik Sinkewitz, and Thomas Ziegler.
The T-mobile sprinters will have to contend with one of the top lead-out trains in the business - that of 'Ale-Jet' Petacchi's Milram team. Petacchi will hone his train's technique in the Volta ao Algarve, bringing some of his best helpers, including right-hand man Marco Velo and Alberto Ongarato.
Milram for Volta ao Algarve: Alessandro Petacchi, Alessandro Cortinovis, Volodymyr Dyudya, Alberto Ongarato, Björn Schröder, Fabio Sacchi, Marcel Sieberg, Marco Velo.