After the Gerolsteiner outfit ceased operations, another two of its German riders, Robert Förster and Ronny Scholz, have been recruited by Team Milram's management. The pair have been signed for one year, with the Dortmund team having now hired eight riders from the defunct squad. A total of 12 new riders have been added to Milram's roster for next season.
"We have won two experienced riders in Ronny Scholz and Robert Förster, who will strengthen our team," said Team Milram General Manager Gerry van Gerwen. "Ronny Scholz is very experienced and a good helper while Robert Förster will surely bring us a few wins."
Having taken wins at the Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a España and Deutschland Tour, Förster strengthens Milram's sprinting stocks following the retirement of Erik Zabel. "I am looking forward to the new season", said Förster, who is currently on vacation. "It was enormously important to me, to ride in another German team."
Ronny Scholz is a domestique with plenty of experience, having ridden five Tours de France and two editions of the Giro d'Italia. The son-in-law of Gerolsteiner manager Hans-Michael Holczer, the 30 year-old all-rounder expressed his contentment with continuing to ply his trade for a team from Germany.
"I am very much looking forward to the new team and the new challenges," he said. "As a German rider, it is of course something special to ride on a German team. I rode for Team Gerolsteiner for eight years and can't wait to see how I make the change from water to milk."
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