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Milram's star sprinters to pair up in Valenciana

Team Milram will be putting both of its sprint aces on the roster together for the first time this season in the Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana. Erik Zabel and Alessandro Petacchi will challenge for the overall classification in the sprint-friendly race. In 2005, Petacchi won the overall classification and took three stages, while last year he took just one stage win, after being beaten by Italian Daniele Bennati on three stages.

"Erik and Alessandro have already showed in their first races this season that they are already riding at a very high level," said team manager Gerry van Gerwen. "The Volta a Valenciana is an important preparation race for the whole team around our two captains, in looking to our first season highlight of Milano-Sanremo."

Petacchi has already scored a total of four wins this season, including three in the Vuelta a Andalucia.

Milram for Volta a Valenciana: Erik Zabel, Alessandro Petacchi, Alberto Ongarato, Brett Lancaster, Christian Knees, Igor Astarloa, Marco Velo and Volodymyr Diudia.

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