Continental Team Milram

Team Milram

Team Milram is a German (formerly Italian) pro cycling team, participating at the UCI ProTour.

The pro cycling team was founded in the beginning of 2006, taking over the UCI-ProTour-license of Team Domina Vacanze. The main sponsor is the Milram brand of the Bremen based Nordmilch company. Some smaller sponsors include Motorex, an oil company based out of Switzerland. Sprinters Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel initially were the top riders and captains. The squad is completed by 25 mainly German and Italian riders.

Among Team Milram’s most important successes in 2006 and 2007 Christian Knees’s win at the German classic race „Rund um Köln“, Alessandro Petacchi winning the Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt in2006 and 2007, Erik Zabel’s title as vice World Champion 2006, his win of the best sprinter’s jersey at the Deutschland-Tour 2006 and 2007 his three stage wins at the Vuelta a España. Further important ranks are Alessandro Petacchi’s five stage wins at the Giro d’Italia 2007, his win at the classic race Paris-Tours and Niki Terpstra's win of the best climber’s jersay at the Deutschland-Tour 2007.

Since 2008, Team Milram is a German team. New General Manager is Gerry van Gerwen. His operating company VeloCity GmbH, which was founded in 2007, took over the previous Italian operating company Ciclosport with all components including the ProTour license for the beginning of the 2008 season. The new team basis is Dortmund’s Club Olympia. With a new organisation structure, a much younger squad, clear objectives and an enhanced anti-doping-programme the team has changed extensively.

The special focus in 2008 is on the promotion of young talents. With Martin and Peter Velits, Dominik Roels, Christian Kux, Artur Gajek, Markus Eichler and Luca Barla, seven promising young riders have joined the team. For their support, Jochen Hahn comes as a trainer and sport director. He already has long-term experience in the work with young riders. A new scouting system is to continue bringing young talents into the team. With an extended co-operation with the Continental Team Milram, more riders are to follow the way of Christian Kux, who was the first rider who made it from the Continental Team Milram to the ProTour team.

Furthermore, the already existing anti-doping-programme was enhanced. Now it is based on five pillars: official rules, additional voluntary agreements, increased prevention, increased transparency and clear consequences.

In 2008, Team Milram will concentrate on the Tour de France, German races and all ProTour races. The goal is to be established as a German team. The combination of experienced riders like Erik Zabel on the one hand and young talents on the other hand is the basis for the coming season.

Petacchi 's doping case

At 23 May 2007, during the 2007 Giro d'Italia, Alessandro Petacchi was found guilty of using salbutamol after a doping control. Petacchi had a certificate to use salbutamol in the treatment of asthma, but his level of salbutamol was extremely high. Petacchi was placed on non-active status and missed the 2007 Tour de France. In July 2007, Italian Cycling Federation (FCI) ruled that Petacchi gave good reasons for this high level. Petacchi was then absolved by the FCI when they deemed any overuse of Salbutamol as simple human error. The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) argued that Petacchi should be suspended for the high level of salbutamol, and send the case to the International Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, the sporting world's highest court.

On May 6, 2008, the Court of Arbitration for Sport banned Petacchi until the end of August, applied retroactively from last November. CAS also announced that all competitive results obtained during the 2007 Giro d'Italia shall be disqualified with all of the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. Results obtained after 31 October 2007 and during the period of ineligibility will be disqualified.

As a result of this, on May 16, 2008, Petacchi was fired by Team Milram.

Results

2008 Results

Date Race Rider
27 Feb Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, 2nd Stage Erik Zabel
1 Jun Bayern-Rundfahrt, General Classification Christian Knees

Successes in the 2007 ProTour

Date Race Rider
14 May 3rd stage Giro d'Italia Alessandro Petacchi1
19 May 7th stage Giro d'Italia Alessandro Petacchi1
23 May 11th stage Giro d'Italia Alessandro Petacchi1
31 May 18th stage Giro d'Italia Alessandro Petacchi1
3 June 21st stage Giro d'Italia Alessandro Petacchi1
17 June 1st stage Tour de Suisse Erik Zabel
12 August 3rd stage Deutschland Tour Erik Zabel
7 September 7th stage Vuelta a España Erik Zabel
12 September 11th stage Vuelta a España Alessandro Petacchi
13 September 12th stage Vuelta a España Alessandro Petacchi
14 October Paris-Tours Alessandro Petacchi

Notes

  1. All competitive results obtained for Allessandro Petacchi during the 2007 Giro d'Italia or between 31 October 2007 and September 1 2008 are disqualified.

Victories in the 2007 Continental Tour

Date Race Rider
10 February Grand Prix Costa degli Etruschi Alessandro Petacchi
18 February 6th stage Tour Méditerranéen Mirco Lorenzetto
23 February 3rd stage Volta ao Algarve Alessandro Petacchi
24 February 4th stage Volta ao Algarve Alessandro Petacchi
25 February 5th stage Volta ao Algarve Alessandro Petacchi
21-25 February General Classification Volta ao Algarve Alessandro Petacchi
28 February 2nd stage Volta Valenciana Alessandro Petacchi
25 April 1st stage Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt Alessandro Petacchi
26 April 2nd stage Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt Alessandro Petacchi
28 April 4th stage Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt Alessandro Petacchi
25-29 April General Classification Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt Alessandro Petacchi
31 May 2nd stage Bayern-Rundfahrt Erik Zabel
1 Juny 3rd stage Bayern-Rundfahrt Erik Zabel
3 Juny 5th stage Bayern-Rundfahrt Sebastian Siedler
29 Juny Ukrainian Championships ITT Volodymyr Dyudya
22 August 1st stage Rothaus Regio-Tour Alessandro Petacchi

Team 2008

Riders Leaving–New Riders

New Riders Team 2007 Riders Leaving Team 2008
Markus Eichler Unibet.com Mirco Lorenzetto Lampre-Fondital
Artur Gajek Team Wiesenhof-Felt Marcel Sieberg High Road
Martin Velits Team Wiesenhof-Felt Sebastian Siedler Skil-Shimano
Peter Velits Team Wiesenhof-Felt Carlo Scognamiglio Team Barloworld
Dominik Roels Akud Rose Fabio Sacchi Preti Mangimi
Christian Kux Continental Team Milram Mirko Celestino End of Career
Luca Barla Neoprofi Alessandro Cortinovis End of Career

2008 ProTeam

As of May 16, 2008.

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