"Of course, I'm dissapointed," said Erik Zabel, who had hoped to the last to be nominated. It would have been his 12th participation in the Tour. "But I'm pro enough to accept the decision of the team management." He added: "I was aware of this being an option. Each year, it had been somebody's turn. This time it's mine." Zabel said he will now look for other goals to achieve this season.