The new Italo-German merger Team Milram will host its official presentation in Bremen, North Germany, on Tuesday, January 10. At the sponsor's headquarters, all of the 30 riders - including 15 Italians, 10 Germans, two Ukrainians, one Kazakh, one Dutchman and one Slovakian - will be revealed to the public.
Mainly structured around its two star leaders Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel, the team is bound for great sprint victories but also has a classics hunter among its ranks: Mirko Celestino, who will be aiming for one day races such as the Giro di Lombardia and the HEW Cyclassics in Hamburg. "We have a well-structured squad which suits the level of the team's champions," said General Manager Gianluigi Stanga. "We hope to bring on good results, above all in the sprints. But we also have a group of young riders in which we believe very much - I expect them to do well this year already."
The last addition to the now complete roster is German Dennis Haueisen from Continental team RSH. His father, Lutz Haueisen, achieved two World Championships in the points race on the track.