Zabel winning and fighting

Erik Zabel (Team Milram)

Erik Zabel (Team Milram) (Image credit: Hans Will)

It has been a rough time for Erik Zabel of Team Milram. It started with Jef d'Hont's book about doping at Team Telekom in the mid-1990s and continued through his tearful confession at the T-Mobile press conference the end of last month. Only one week later, he won stage two and stage three in the Bayern Rundfahrt -- his first wins of the season, but even those wins didn't have the significance they once did.

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