Erik Zabel, the world’s most successful active cyclist (191 career wins), announced Sunday that he will be leaving T-Mobile after 13 years. Zabel said his decision to leave T-Mobile was due to his unhappiness with the German team’s latest contract offer, coupled with his frustration at being left out of the Tour de France.

“I think I deserved better,” he said.

Erik, you did deserved better. T-Mob leaving you out of the Tour this year was simply another disgrace to a team it appears no one wants to be a part of anymore. We missed your professionalism and presence this year.

The German rider, who won a record six green jerseys as the best sprinter in the Tour de France, will announce his new team at a later date. All the best my friend.

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