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.
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.
|27 Feb||Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, 2nd Stage||Erik Zabel|
|1 Jun||Bayern-Rundfahrt, General Classification||Christian Knees|
|14 May||3rd stage Giro d'Italia|| |
|19 May||7th stage Giro d'Italia|| |
|23 May||11th stage Giro d'Italia|| |
|31 May||18th stage Giro d'Italia|| |
|3 June||21st stage Giro d'Italia|| |
|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|
|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|
|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|