Team Milram

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Team Milram
Team data
UCI code MRM
nationality GermanyGermany Germany
License UCI ProTeam
First season 2006
Last season 2010
discipline Street
Wheel manufacturer GermanyGermany Focus bikes
Team manager NetherlandsNetherlands Gerry van Gerwen
Team Milram jersey
Around the Henninger Tower (2006) 4th from left Alessandro Petacchi, far right Erik Zabel
Team Milram's support vehicle on the 2006 Tour of Germany

The Team Milram was a professional German cycling team , which at up to and including 2010 UCI ProTour participated.


The team existed from 2006 to 2010 and took over the UCI Proteam license of the Domina Vacanze cycling team . The main sponsor of the team was the Milram brand of the Bremen-based Nordmilch company . Alessandro Petacchi and Erik Zabel were the top drivers and captains of the team. The squad was completed by 25 predominantly German and Italian drivers.

Among the most important successes of Team Milram in 2006 and 2007 were Christian Knees' victory in the German classic Rund um Köln , Alessandro Petacchi's victory in the Lower Saxony Tour in 2006 and 2007, Erik Zabel's title as vice world champion in 2006, and his win of the red jersey of the best Sprinters in the Deutschland Tour 2006 and 2007 as well as his three stage victories at the Vuelta a España . Other important placings were Alessandro Petacchi's five stage victories at the Giro d'Italia 2007, his first place in the classic Paris-Tours and Niki Terpstra's victory in the mountain classification of the 2007 German Tour.

From 2008 the team drove under the German flag. The effective move of the team headquarters from Bergamo, Italy to the Club Olympia in Dortmund took place on June 25, 2008. Gerry van Gerwen became the new general manager. His operating company VeloCity GmbH, founded in 2007, took over the previous Italian operating company Ciclosport with all components including ProTour license at the beginning of the 2008 season. With a new organizational structure, a strongly rejuvenated squad, clear objectives and a further developed anti-doping program, the team has changed extensively .

The special focus in 2008 was on promoting young talent. With Martin Velits and Peter Velits , Dominik Roels , Christian Kux , Artur Gajek , Markus Eichler and Luca Barla , seven promising young talents have been signed on. To support her, Jochen Hahn joined the team as a trainer and sports director. The Berliner brought many years of experience working with young drivers to the team. The new junior scouting system should ensure that young talents continue to be discovered for the team. In this regard, the collaboration with the Continental Team Milram was intensified. Thus, other drivers should follow the path of Christian Kux, who was the first young professional to make the jump from Continental Team Milram to the ProTour team.

The existing anti-doping program was also expanded. It was now based on five pillars: official regulations, additional voluntary agreements, increased prevention, increased transparency and clear consequences.

From a sporting point of view, Team Milram in 2008 concentrated on the Tour de France , the German races and all ProTour races. The combination of experienced drivers like Erik Zabel on the one hand and the young talents on the other was the basis for the 2008 season.

On May 16, 2008, the Milram team separated from their top driver Alessandro Petacchi after he was banned from the CAS on May 5, 2008 for a doping offense at the 2007 Giro d'Italia for ten months. A short time later, the Milram team also split from Igor Astarloa on suspicion of doping. The reason for this was the Spaniard's abnormal blood values, which suggested doping suspicion. However, the team leader of Team Milram emphasized that there was no positive doping case. The driver took action against this decision.

At the beginning of the Tour de France 2008 , the team tested a collaboration with the Sport University Cologne. In addition, the team base moved to the Dortmund Olympic Club.

On July 13, 2010, before the start of the 9th stage of the Tour de France, Team Milram announced that Nordmilch AG would end its sponsorship of the team at the end of 2010. The search for a new title sponsor was unsuccessful and the team was dissolved at the end of the season.

2010 season

Achievements in the UCI World Calendar

date run driver
March 10th ItalyItaly1st stage Tirreno – Adriatico GermanyGermany Linus Gerdemann
March 22 SpainSpainPrologue Tour of Catalonia GermanyGermany Paul Voss

Success in the Europe Tour

date run driver
February 9 SpainSpain Trofeo Inca GermanyGermany Linus Gerdemann
5. March SpainSpain3rd stage Vuelta a Murcia AustraliaAustralia Luke Roberts
1st of May GermanyGermany All about the financial center Eschborn-Frankfurt GermanyGermany Fabian Wegmann
12th of May NetherlandsNetherlands Batavus Prorace GermanyGermany Markus Eichler
23. May GermanyGermany All about brown coal GermanyGermany Roger Kluge
28th of May GermanyGermany3rd stage Bavaria Tour GermanyGermany Gerald Ciolek
June 27th NetherlandsNetherlands Dutch road championship NetherlandsNetherlands Niki Terpstra
June 27th GermanyGermany German road championship GermanyGermany Christian Knees
8th August GermanyGermany Sparkassen Giro NetherlandsNetherlands Niki Terpstra

Successes without UCI rating

date run driver
25. May GermanyGermany Volksbank Giro Cologne GermanyGermany Artur Gajek

Additions Disposals

Accesses Team 2009 Departures Team 2010
BelgiumBelgium Roy Sentjens Silence lotto SlovakiaSlovakia Martin Velits Team HTC-Columbia
BelgiumBelgium Wim De Vocht Vacansoleil SlovakiaSlovakia Peter Velits Team HTC-Columbia
GermanyGermany Dominik Mink Continental Team Milram ItalyItaly Luca Barla Team Nippo
AustraliaAustralia Luke Roberts Team Kuota-Indeland GermanyGermany Martin Muller End of career
GermanyGermany Roger Kluge LKT Team Brandenburg GermanyGermany Ronny Scholz End of career
GermanyGermany Christian Kux End of career


Surname Date of birth nationality Team 2011
Gerald Ciolek September 19, 1986 GermanyGermany Germany Quickstep Cycling Team
Wim De Vocht April 29, 1982 BelgiumBelgium Belgium Veranda's Willems Accent
Markus Eichler February 18, 1982 GermanyGermany Germany Team NSP
Robert Forster January 27, 1978 GermanyGermany Germany United Healthcare Pro Cycling
Markus Fothen September 9, 1981 GermanyGermany Germany Team NSP
Thomas Fothen April 6, 1983 GermanyGermany Germany Team NSP
Johannes Fröhlinger June 9, 1985 GermanyGermany Germany Skil-Shimano
Artur Gajek April 18, 1985 GermanyGermany Germany End of career
Linus Gerdemann September 16, 1982 GermanyGermany Germany Leopard Trek
Roger Kluge 5th February 1986 GermanyGermany Germany Skil-Shimano
Servais Knaven March 6, 1971 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands End of career
Christian Knees March 5th 1981 GermanyGermany Germany Sky ProCycling
Dominik Mink August 25, 1989 GermanyGermany Germany Liquigas-Cannondale
Luke Roberts January 25, 1977 AustraliaAustralia Australia Saxo Bank SunGard
Dominik Roels January 21, 1987 GermanyGermany Germany End of career
Thomas Rohrgger 23rd December 1982 AustriaAustria Austria Leopard Trek
Matthias Russ November 14, 1983 GermanyGermany Germany End of career
Björn Schröder October 27, 1980 GermanyGermany Germany Team Nutrixxion
Roy Sentjens December 15, 1980 BelgiumBelgium Belgium End of career / doping ban
Wim Stroetinga May 23, 1985 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Ubbink-Koga Cycling Team
Niki Terpstra May 18, 1984 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Quickstep Cycling Team
Paul Voss March 26, 1986 GermanyGermany Germany Endura Racing
Fabian Wegmann June 20, 1980 GermanyGermany Germany Leopard Trek
Peter Wrolich May 30, 1974 AustriaAustria Austria End of career
Trainees nationality
Stefan Schäfer GermanyGermany Germany LKT Team Brandenburg
Michael Weicht GermanyGermany Germany LKT Team Brandenburg

Placements in UCI rankings

UCI ProTour

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2006 18th ItalyItaly Alessandro Petacchi (36th)
2007 18th GermanyGermany Erik Zabel (26.)
2008 18th GermanyGermany Erik Zabel (55th)

UCI World Calendar

season Team ranking Driver ranking
2009 18th GermanyGermany Gerald Ciolek (56.)
2010 26th AustraliaAustralia Luke Roberts (81st)

See also

Web links

Commons : Team Milram  - album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ move: Milram is coming to Dortmund from Italy , accessed on June 6, 2008.
  2. Doping: CAS bans Petacchi until August , accessed on May 18, 2008.
  3. Doping suspicion: Milram separates from Astarloa , accessed on May 29, 2008.
  4. Team Milram plans to work with the Sport University Cologne June 25, 2008