T-Mobile's Patrik Sinkewitz and Serhiy Honchar will return to racing on Wednesday February 15 when they line up for Portugal's Volta ao Algarve, which runs until February 19. For T-Mobile, the race will provide intense preparation for Paris-Nice.
Sinkewitz says he is looking forward to getting back to racing after knee problems in early January. "I have no problems at training any more. The Tour of Algarve is just the right start for me", he says.
Sinkewitz is especially keen to see how he is going on the climbs, and Algarve's final day from Santo António to Malhão (Loulé), with four categorized climbs, will give him a solid opportunity to find out.
For the flatter stages, Eric Baumann will be T-Mobile's man for the sprint finishes. "He's in good shape, I think he's capable of pulling off good results in Portugal," says directeur sportif Frans van Looy.
The full T-Mobile roster for Volta ao Algarve will be: Eric Baumann (25/Germany), Linus Gerdemann (23/Germany), Serhiy Honchar (35/Ukraine), Kim Kirchen (27/Luxembourg), Jörg Ludewig (30), Stephan Schreck (27/Germany), Patrik Sinkewitz (25/Germany) and Thomas Ziegler (25/Germany).