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Are you attempting to strip out the default styling or the default markup? because as Gabe's blog suggests, you can certainly set EnableEmbeddedBaseStylesheet and EnableEmbeddedSkins to false in the template for SiteMapNavigationTabStrip.
This will disable the additional Telerik css stylesheets that add skin styling to the control. however, the default markup is that of the RadTabStrip, which does not use a template to render the html, rather it's simply an instance of that control.
I hope that makes sense, let me know if I misunderstood your question or if I can be of further help!