No doubt about it, the shakeups at Telekom, especially the Ullrich thing have had an impact on the whole team, plus injuries. Vinokurov crashed at the Tour of Switzerland and had to bail, and now he's out of the vuelta- he's had bad luck too. It's just luck sometimes, and Telekom is probably suffering from a morale problem. I think they'll rebound after this year. I hope Zabel can win one stage in the vuelta and I would love to see him win the Worlds.
You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. That's great...if you want to attract vermin.