Jan Ullrich has laid out his campaign for the 2004 season which he hopes will see him end Lance Armstrong's five-year reign as Tour de France champion.
Ullrich rejoined T-Mobile last October
The 30-year-old German won the Tour in 1997 and is also a five-time runner-up in the sport's greatest race.
He will start off in three stage races and then compete in four top-class one-day events including two classics.
Ullrich returned to his former team T-Mobile - formerly known as Telekom - last October on a long-term contract.
He will begin his season with the Tour of Murcia (3-7 March) then take on Catalan Week (22-26 March) and the Tour of the Sarthe in France (6-9 April).
"The first two races are good races to get into the groove,"
said Ullrich. "But I need a good six weeks to prepare for them."
He will also contest the Tour of Cologne (12 April), The Fleche Wallonne (21 April), Liege-Bastogne-Liege (25 April) and defend his title at the Tour of Frankfurt (1 May).