T-Mobile relieved of favourites' tag for La Primavera

The T-Mobile Team is sending its proven Classics specialists into action at Saturday's Milan-San Remo, with Erik Zabel spearheading the eight-man magenta roster. Relieved of the favourites tag, the team are nevertheless travelling to the Lombardy region of Italy in an upbeat mood: "We are not starting this race as the big favourites and it won't be our task to control the race," says team press officer Luuc Eisenga.

The 34 year-old veteran sprinter has left his mark on the race in the past, powering his way to four wins in five years (1997, 1998, 2000, 2001) on San Remo's Via Roma. Last year Zabel missed out on a fifth 'Primavera' title in the most agonising fashion when Oscar Freire dramatically edged it out on the line.

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