Jochen Hahn satisfied with the team’s performance in view of upcoming

24 February 2008 – MILRAM’s Björn Schröder has finished the Volta ao Algarve as the best rider on the German ProTour team as 19th overall. After five days and a total of 790 km, the Berliner was 2:19 mintues behind the Belgian winner, Stijn Devolder of Quick Step.

The stage win on the last day of the 45th Volta ao Algarve went to Austrian Bernhard Eisel (High Road), who won the race out of a nine-man strong escape group.  Two Portugese riders, Rui Costa (Benfica) and Pinho Celestino (Barbot-Siper) were second and third, after the 194 km between Villa do Bispo and Portimão.  The three on the podium successfully escaped along with six other riders only 46 km after the start and were able to build up a lead of up to 4:40 minutes.  The main
peloton started chasing only in the end phase of the stage and cut the lead dramatically.  With seven km to go, the field was only 35 seconds back, but it was not able to catch the escapees.

„The race was an important test for us.  You can see that the many race kilometers are good for the riders.  Everyone worked well and we can look confidently to the next races,“ said Jochen Hahn.  „This was even the right preparation for the Belgian races next weekend.  Typical Classics weather with thunderstorms, rain and cold made it hard for the riders today.“

This coming weekend, Hahn will lead a MILRAM team with Classics specialists Ralf Grabsch and Markus Eichler at the Spring Classics Omloop Het Volk (01.03) and Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne (02.03).

The MILRAM line-up  in Portugal: Erik Zabel (GER), Artur Gajek (GER), Björn Schröder (GER), Christian Kux (GER), Enrico Poitschke (GER), Markus Eichler (GER), Martin Müller (GER), Ralf Grabsch (GER). Directeur Sportif:  Jochen Hahn (GER)


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