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Rick Zabel enjoying early season apprenticeship at BMC

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Rick Zabel makes his debut with BMC

Rick Zabel makes his debut with BMC
(Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Rick Zabel signs on for his first race with BMC

Rick Zabel signs on for his first race with BMC
(Image credit: Sirotti)
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Rick Zabel (BMC) is making his WorldTour debut down under

Rick Zabel (BMC) is making his WorldTour debut down under
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Erik Zabel won the green jersey six straight years. This one was the Tour de France 2001

Erik Zabel won the green jersey six straight years. This one was the Tour de France 2001
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

German cycling is experiencing a renaissance of sorts with cyclists such as Tony Martin, Andre Greipel, John Degenkolb, Marcel Kittel and even the BMC trio of Marcus Burghardt, Dominik Nerz and first-year pro Rick Zabel making all the right headlines with world championship and Tour de France victories.