Skip to main content

Schaffrath to become D.S. at Milram

By Susan Westemeyer

When Jan Schaffrath left Team T-Mobile this year, he planned to join his friend Erik Zabel as a rider for the new Milram team. But it looks like "Schaffi" will not be pulling sprints for his childhood friend, but instead telling him what to do. Schaffrath will become a directeur sportif for the team.

"It's a great offer," said Schaffrath. "At 34 years old, I could still put in good performance, but the end of the career was in sight." In preparation, he will be attending an intensive English course. "With a team of 15 Italians, 10 Germans and five riders from other nations, English will be the team language. I want to prepared for that."

Zabel viewed his friend's new career with mixed feelings. "I would liked to have ridden longer with him. But I can also see him as a directeur sportif. I won't have any problem when Jan is my boss in the future. We are and will remain friends."

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

after your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1