Jan Ullrich continues his Tour build-up in Spain, leading his team in the Vuelta a Aragon. Team press officer Luuc Eisenga calls it another "another important milestone" in Ullrich's Tour de France preparations. The German is keen to maintain the momentum in Spain, and this race "will give Ullrich a chance to test his climbing legs this week," according to the team. "Jan's progress is right on track by now. He gave a good account of himself in France and now we want to see how he copes with more demanding parcours," commented sporting manager Valerio Piva.
Veterans Giuseppe Guerini and Jan Schaffrath return to racing after recovering from the flu, and Daniele Nardello "is also making a long-awaited comeback" from back problems. Torsten Hiekmann, Bram Schmitz and Tobias Steinhauser round out the seven-man roster.
The T-Mobile roster: Torsten Hiekmann (25), Giuseppe Guerini (Italy/35), Daniele Nardello (Italy/32), Jan Schaffrath (33), Bram Schmitz (Netherlands/27), Tobias Steinhauser (33) and Jan Ullrich (31). Directeur Sportif on site is Valerio Piva.
Other teams for Aragon
Several other teams have announced their line-ups for Aragon.
The Euskaltel-Euskadi team will comprise Igor Antón, Mikel Artetxe, David Herrero, Roberto Laiseka, David Lopez, Alberto Lopez De Munain, Antton Luengo and Josu Silloniz.
Liquigas-Bianchi will field Daniele Colli, Enrico Gasparotto, Marco Milesi, Devis Miorin, Matej Mugerli, Luciano Pagliarini, Charles Wegelius and Marco Zanotti
The Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne team will be David Arroyo, José Luis Carrasco, Imanol Erviti, Iker Leonet, David Navas, Toni Tauler, and Isaac Gálvez
Stage 1 - April 13: Alcalá De La Selva - Valderrobres, 167.7 Km
Stage 2 - April 14: Alcañíz - Sabiñánigo, 206.5 Km
Stage 3 - April 15: Sabiñánigo - Zaragoza, 173.5 Km
Stage 4 - April 16: Herrera De Los Navarros-Virgen De La Sierra De Herrera, 11.2 Km
Stage 5 - April 17: Borja - Illueca, 139 Km