T-Mobile with modest expectations

As the classics season gets into full swing with Milan-San Remo this Saturday, German team T-Mobile is going into La Primavera with more modest expectations than some other teams. For the seven hour, 294 km race, the team management has chosen classics specialists Lorenzo Bernucci, Andreas Klier, Sergey Ivanov, Stephan Schreck and Steffen Wesemann, who have just completed the eight day Tirreno-Adriatico. They will be joined in Italy by Marcus Burghardt, Linus Gerdemann and Patrik Sinkewitz, who warmed-up for the event at last week's Paris-Nice in France.

T-Mobile sport and technical director Mario Kummer believes his team is going into this year's race as underdogs, however. In recent years the tendency has been for the race to be decided in a mass sprint on the Via Roma in San Remo, and Kummer doesn’t believe he has the hardware to challenge in a wide open bunch showdown: "Without a Petacchi, Freire or Boonen in our ranks, we don’t have the firepower," he said. "We are a compact team overall and we have options."

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