German Erik Zabel is already laying down his predictions for the 2007 Tour de France. The talented sprinter, winner of four editions of the Milano-Sanremo, was recently interviewed buy German television ZDF.
"[Alexander] Vinokourov demonstrated at the Vuelta his real potential," noted Zabel of Milram. "I am convinced it will be him who imposes himself on the next Tour."
After his team was not allowed to start in the 2006 Tour de France, the Kazakh, and compatriot Andrey Kashechkin, dominated the Vuelta a España. Vinokourov went on to win the late-summer race, finishing in front of Alejandro Valverde by 1'12".