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Zabel out for 7th Green jersey

In the absence of Alessandro Petacchi, Erik Zabel will be the sole leader of Team Milram in the upcoming Tour de France. The 35 year-old will be joined by teammates Marco Velo, Fabio Sacchi, Mirko Celestino, Marco Velo, Maxim Iglinsky, Andrei Grivko, as well as fellow Germans Ralf Grabsch, Christian Knees and Bjorn Schröder.

"It's our goal to battle it out for the green jersey," said Zabel, who already won the jersey of best sprinter six times in the past. It will be his 12th Tour de France.

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