T-Mobile still plans to sign a big one

The T-Mobile team may have lost its top riders for the Grand Tours with the loss of Jan Ullrich and Andreas Klöden, but that doesn't mean the squad is now re-structuring with a view only for the Classics. "We're in the middle of some good negotiations," spokesman Luuc Eisenga told German TV. "You can assume that we will still sign a first class rider for the GC."

The team has many young riders already, and some of the newcomers for next season are also quite young: British sprinter Mark Cavendish, whom the team just offered a two-year deal after a successful time as a stagiaire, is 21 and Gerald Ciolek only 19. "Our team is young," conceded Eisenga. "But we are talking with experienced riders, too."

Courtesy of Susan Westemeyer

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