Paris-Nice: a test for T-Mobile's new recruits

Although the ProTour status of the ASO-organised Paris-Nice is a little ambiguous, the race will kick off this Sunday and see all ProTeams participating, as well as French Continental Pro squad Agritubel. German T-Mobile is using the "race to the sun" to send its new recruits into the field, as six out of the eight announced riders will be in their first season in magenta.

"We are looking forward to this first big race of the season," said T-Mobile sports and technical director Mario Kummer. "For us the race is an indicator of where we stand." Kummer believes that in Patrik Sinkewitz, Kim Kirchen and Linus Gerdemann, his team has three riders "capable of aiming for the GC".

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