Zabel hopes for Tour participation

Erik Zabel (T-Mobile) is still unsure about his inclusion in the Tour de France roster of his team. The man that has won six green jerseys in the past and once counted for the best sprinter on earth currently feels "a good fitness" according to German, but whether this is enough to justify his nomination for the "Grande Boucle" remains to be seen. The T-Mobile management will announce its final Tour de France selection on June 22.

"There are valid reasons to include me in the team and valid reasons not to," the 34 year-old said. "One of these is that the team is focused on Jan Ullrich, who's appearing to be in a very good condition." Zabel, who has ridden the Tour de Suisse in the past to prepare for the three weeks in France in July, skipped the event this year to participate in the Vuelta Ciclista Asturias from June 17-21. Some German observers see this as an indication that he will not be nominated for the Tour de France roster.

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