Grabsch and Eichler to lead Milram to Belgium

Led by Ralf Grabsch and Markus Eichler, Milram will be opening its spring racing season in Belgium with the 63rd Het Volk and 61st Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne this weekend.

All arounder Grabsch, from Cologne, Germany, has big plans for the upcoming Spring Classics. "The coming weekend is the grand opening of the Classics season," the 34 year-old said. "Both races will establish where everyone stands at the moment. Everyone will see how he stands in looking forward to the highlights of the Ronde van Vlaanderen or Paris-Roubaix."

"I always enjoy riding the opening Belgian races and will test my form in both races, look for my chance and see what I can do in the finale." After his solo escape in the "Hell of the North" (Paris-Roubaix) in 2007, he is looking to do even better this year.

Eichler will be another rider to watch in Flanders. Riding last for, he gathered important experience in the Spring classics, finishing fifth in the Belgian half-classic Nokere Koerse and eighth in the Driedaagse van De Panne.

Team Milram for Het Volk and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne: Ralf Grabsch, Markus Eichler, Enrico Poitschke, Martin Müller Dominik Roels, Artur Gajek, Niki Terpstra, Martin Velits under Directeur Sportif: Jochen Hahn.

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