Erik Zabel is rumoured to be going back to his roots and returning to T-Mobile team, where he started his career in 1994. The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported that it is almost a done deal. Zabel has shown great respect for Gerald Ciolek in the past and was hoping Milram could sign Ciolek last year, but T-Mobile had more money to offer.
Rolf Aldag, directeur sportif of T-Mobile, hinted that "Gerald could really profit from Erik's experience." Now it is possible that Zabel will become the teacher of Ciolek, a rider he has tipped to be the next German to win the green jersey in the Tour de France.