|Wheel manufacturer||Focus bikes|
|Team manager||Gerry van Gerwen|
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.
Achievements in the UCI World Calendar
|March 10th||1st stage Tirreno – Adriatico||Linus Gerdemann|
|March 22||Prologue Tour of Catalonia||Paul Voss|
Success in the Europe Tour
|February 9||Trofeo Inca||Linus Gerdemann|
|5. March||3rd stage Vuelta a Murcia||Luke Roberts|
|1st of May||All about the financial center Eschborn-Frankfurt||Fabian Wegmann|
|12th of May||Batavus Prorace||Markus Eichler|
|23. May||All about brown coal||Roger Kluge|
|28th of May||3rd stage Bavaria Tour||Gerald Ciolek|
|June 27th||Dutch road championship||Niki Terpstra|
|June 27th||German road championship||Christian Knees|
|8th August||Sparkassen Giro||Niki Terpstra|
Successes without UCI rating
|25. May||Volksbank Giro Cologne||Artur Gajek|
|Accesses||Team 2009||Departures||Team 2010|
|Roy Sentjens||Silence lotto||Martin Velits||Team HTC-Columbia|
|Wim De Vocht||Vacansoleil||Peter Velits||Team HTC-Columbia|
|Dominik Mink||Continental Team Milram||Luca Barla||Team Nippo|
|Luke Roberts||Team Kuota-Indeland||Martin Muller||End of career|
|Roger Kluge||LKT Team Brandenburg||Ronny Scholz||End of career|
|Christian Kux||End of career|
Placements in UCI rankings
|season||Team ranking||Driver ranking|
|2006||18th||Alessandro Petacchi (36th)|
|2007||18th||Erik Zabel (26.)|
|2008||18th||Erik Zabel (55th)|
UCI World Calendar
|season||Team ranking||Driver ranking|
|2009||18th||Gerald Ciolek (56.)|
|2010||26th||Luke Roberts (81st)|
- Team Milram / 2006 season
- Team Milram / 2007 season
- Team Milram / 2008 season
- Team Milram / 2009 season
- ^ Rad-net.de move: Milram is coming to Dortmund from Italy , accessed on June 6, 2008.
- ↑ rad-net.de: Doping: CAS bans Petacchi until August , accessed on May 18, 2008.
- ↑ rad-net.de: Doping suspicion: Milram separates from Astarloa , accessed on May 29, 2008.
- ↑ rad-net.de: Team Milram plans to work with the Sport University Cologne June 25, 2008