Team Milram

Team Milram (UCI team code: MRM) was a German (formerly Italian) pro cycling team, participating at the UCI ProTour.

Team Milram
Team information
Founded2006 (2006)
BicyclesFocus Bikes
Key personnel
General managerGerry van Gerwen
Team name history
Team Milram
Team Milram jersey
Rund um den Henninger-Turm (2006) 4. left: Alessandro Petacchi, right: Erik Zabel
Team car Team Milram Deutschlandtour 2006


The pro cycling team was founded in the beginning of 2006, taking over the UCI ProTeam license of Team Domina Vacanze and merging with Team Wiesenhof. The main sponsor is the Milram brand of the Bremen based Nordmilch dairy company. Some smaller sponsors include Motorex, an oil company based in Switzerland. Sprinters Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel initially were the top riders and captains. The squad is completed by 25 mainly German 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 in 2006 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 jersey at the Deutschland Tour 2007.

Since 2008, Team Milram is a German team. The 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.

In 2009 and 2010, the team was sponsored by Focus Bikes.[1] After a lengthy search for a title sponsor to replace the outgoing Nordmilch dairy company proved fruitless, the team was forced to disband effective at the end of the 2010 season. Van Gerweren hoped to form a new team for 2012.[2]

Petacchi 's doping caseEdit

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.[3] 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.[4] The Italian National 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.[5][6]

As a result of this, on May 16, 2008, Petacchi was fired by Team Milram.[7]



Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi, Alessandro Petacchi
Stage 6 Tour Méditerranéen, Elia Rigotto
Stage 3 & 4 Vuelta a Andalucía, Alessandro Petacchi
Stage 2 & 3 Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Alessandro Petacchi
Giro della Provincia di Lucca, Alessandro Petacchi
Stage 7 Tirreno-Adriatico, Alessandro Petacchi
Rund um Köln, Christian Knees
Overall Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt, Alessandro Petacchi
Stage 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, Alessandro Petacchi
Stage 1 Bayern-Rundfahrt, Erik Zabel
Stage 3 Bayern-Rundfahrt, Ralf Grabsch
Stage 5 Bayern-Rundfahrt, Björn Schröder
  Kazakhstan Time Trial Championship, Maxim Iglinsky
  Slovakia Time Trial Championship, Matej Jurco
  Ukraine Time Trial Championship, Andriy Hrivko
Stage 4 & 21 Vuelta a España, Erik Zabel
Coppa Sabatini, Giovanni Visconti
2nd Milan–San Remo, Alessandro Petacchi
2nd Vattenfall Cyclassics, Erik Zabel
3rd Gent–Wevelgem, Alessandro Petacchi


Gran Premio della Costa Etruschi, Alessandro Petacchi
Stage 6 Tour Méditerranéen, Mirco Lorenzetto
Overall Volta ao Algarve
Stage 3, 4 & 5, Alessandro Petacchi
Stage 2 Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Alessandro Petacchi
Overall Niedersachsen-Rundfahrt, Alessandro Petacchi
Stage 1, 2 & 4, Alessandro Petacchi
Stage 2 & 3 Bayern-Rundfahrt, Erik Zabel
Stage 5 Bayern-Rundfahrt, Sebastian Siedler
Stage 1 Tour de Suisse, Erik Zabel
  Ukraine Time Trial Championship, Volodymyr Dyudya
Stage 3 Deutschland Tour, Erik Zabel
Stage 1 Regio Tour, Alessandro Petacchi
Stage 7 Vuelta a España, Erik Zabel
Stage 11 & 12 Vuelta a España, Alessandro Petacchi
Paris–Tours, Alessandro Petacchi


Stage 2 Vuelta a la Comunitat Valenciana, Erik Zabel
Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt, Christian Knees
  Ukraine Time Trial Championship, Andriy Hrivko
  Slovakia Time Trial Championship, Matej Jurco
  Slovakia Road Race Championship, Matej Jurco
Overall Regio Tour, Björn Schröder
Prologue Deutschland Tour, Brett Lancaster
Schaal Sels, Elia Rigotto
Firenze–Pistoia, Andriy Hrivko


Trofeo Calvia, Gerald Ciolek
Stage 7 Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey, Robert Förster
Eschborn-Frankfurt City Loop, Fabian Wegmann
Overall Bayern-Rundfahrt, Linus Gerdemann
Grand Prix of Aargau Canton, Peter Velits
Stage 3 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Niki Terpstra
Stage 1 Ster Elektrotoer, Niki Terpstra
Stage 2 Vuelta a España, Gerald Ciolek
2nd Vattenfall Cyclassics, Gerald Ciolek


Trofeo Inca, Linus Gerdemann
Stage 3 Vuelta a Murcia, Luke Roberts
Stage 1 Tirreno Adriatico, Linus Gerdemann
Stage 1 Volta a Catalunya, Paul Voss
Rund um den Finanzplatz, Fabian Wegmann
Batavus Prorace, Markus Eichler
Neuseen Classics, Roger Kluge
Stage 3 Bayern-Rundfahrt, Gerald Ciolek
  Germany Road Race Championship, Christian Knees
  Netherlands Road Race Championship, Niki Terpstra
Sparkassen Giro, Niki Terpstra

Successes in the 2007 ProTourEdit

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


  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.[5]

Victories in the 2007 Continental TourEdit

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[clarification needed]   3rd stage Bayern-Rundfahrt Erik Zabel
3 Juny[clarification needed]   5th stage Bayern-Rundfahrt Sebastian Siedler
29 Juny[clarification needed]   Ukrainian Championships ITT Volodymyr Dyudya
22 August   1st stage Rothaus Regio-Tour Alessandro Petacchi

Team rosterEdit

As of 1 January 2010.

Rider Date of birth
  Gerald Ciolek (GER) (1986-09-19) September 19, 1986 (age 34)
  Wim De Vocht (BEL) (1982-04-29) April 29, 1982 (age 38)
  Markus Eichler (GER) (1982-02-18) February 18, 1982 (age 38)
  Robert Förster (GER) (1978-01-27) January 27, 1978 (age 42)
  Markus Fothen (GER) (1981-09-09) September 9, 1981 (age 39)
  Thomas Fothen (GER) (1983-04-16) April 16, 1983 (age 37)
  Johannes Fröhlinger (GER) (1985-06-09) June 9, 1985 (age 35)
  Artur Gajek (GER) (1985-04-18) April 18, 1985 (age 35)
  Linus Gerdemann (GER) (1982-09-16) September 16, 1982 (age 38)
  Roger Kluge (GER) (1986-02-05) February 5, 1986 (age 34)
  Servais Knaven (NED) (1971-03-06) March 6, 1971 (age 49)
  Christian Knees (GER) (1981-03-05) March 5, 1981 (age 39)
Rider Date of birth
  Dominik Nerz (GER) (1989-08-25) August 25, 1989 (age 31)
  Luke Roberts (AUS) (1977-01-25) January 25, 1977 (age 43)
  Dominik Roels (GER) (1987-01-21) January 21, 1987 (age 33)
  Thomas Rohregger (AUT) (1982-12-23) December 23, 1982 (age 37)
  Matthias Russ (GER) (1983-11-14) November 14, 1983 (age 36)
  Björn Schröder (GER) (1980-10-27) October 27, 1980 (age 39)
  Roy Sentjens (BEL) (1980-12-15) December 15, 1980 (age 39)
  Wim Stroetinga (NED) (1985-05-23) May 23, 1985 (age 35)
  Niki Terpstra (NED) (1984-05-18) May 18, 1984 (age 36)
  Paul Voss (GER) (1986-03-26) March 26, 1986 (age 34)
  Fabian Wegmann (GER) (1980-06-20) June 20, 1980 (age 40)
  Peter Wrolich (AUT) (1974-05-20) May 20, 1974 (age 46)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Focus Bikes sponsorship Archived May 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Sidelined Petacchi facing 12 month suspension". 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-07-05.
  4. ^ "Petacchi absolved of doping blame". 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2007-07-24.[dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Alessandro Petacchi suspended until 31 August 2008". 2008-05-06. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-05-06.
  6. ^ Charles Pelkey (May 7, 2008). "CAS suspends Petacchi". VeloNews.
  7. ^ "Alessandro Petacchi leaves Milram after drug ruling by CAS". International Herald Tribune. 2008-05-16. Retrieved 2008-05-16.

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