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No Tour of Germany defence for Sinkewitz?

Patrick Lefevere of Quick Step is deeply disappointed over Patrick Sinkewitz's plan to sign with T-Mobile and may not let the young German defend his Deutschland-Rundfahrt title. How will the rest of Sinkewitz's season be? "We'll see. Maybe he won't ride any more. Will he ride the Deutschland Rundfahrt? I'm not sure."

The team director claims that Sinkewitz had verbally agreed to extend his contract with Quick Step, but later announced that he would ride for T-Mobile next season. "I've been in this business for 25 years and never experienced anything like this before," Lefevere fumed.

Sinkewitz continues to deny that he had accepted a contract extension with Quick Step and says that Lefevere, "is not professional enough to accept that I am leaving.

Meanwhile, the two are avoiding each other at the Tour. "I have nothing to say to him," says Lefevere. "What has he done in the Tour so far? I haven't seen much of him."

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