Erik Zabel has been named to the ProTour Council of the International Cycling Union (UCI). He replaces Rudolf Scharping, President of the German cycling federation. The Council manages the ProTour.
The council has 12 members, including a president, two members representing the riders, two representing race organisers, two representing the teams and the remaining five nominated by the UCI. Zabel belongs to the latter group.
Zabel, 39, retired at the end of 2008 following a 16-year professional career. He rode for Telekom/T-Mobile from 1993 to 2005, and for Team Milram from 2006 to 2008. He brought in over 200 victories, including six consecutive green jerseys at the Tour de France, 12 Tour de France stage wins and four wins in Milano-Sanremo. This year he is working as a consultant to Team Columbia-HTC.
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