201. Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa)
202. Francisco Cerezo Perales (Spa)
203. Marcelino García Alonso (Spa)
204. Tyler Hamilton (Usa)
205. Danny Jonasson (Den)
206. Jimmy Madsen (Den)
207. Andrea Peron (Ita)
208. Michael Rasmussen (Den)
209. Manuel Calvente Corpas (Spa)
Bjarne Riis and Joergen Marcussen will function as directeurs sportif.
"We show up with nine riders who are ready for the task. Now is the time when we have to perform and our expectations are high despite the lack of results so far this spring. There will be one undisputed team captain, Tyler Hamilton, but I will not mind if some of our other riders take a chance and try to make their mark on individual stages. We will be racing to the fullest of our capability and fight to the end," says Bjarne Riis who has full confidence in Tyler Hamilton's chances in the general classification.
"Despite his allergy problems, I can see that he is ready. I have noticed that the riders, that are to be counted among the favourites, have been doing quite well lately. However, we must not forget that the giro is decided in the final week and that is when you have to be sharp on the climbs. It has always been our plan that Hamilton has to strike in the final week. At the moment, he is in top form and he will be enjoying the protection of the entire team," says Riis.
The USA climber will be protected by an in form Carlos Sastre Candil, finishing an excellent 5th place in the recent Tour de Romandie. Sastre's biggest success came last season whilst riding for the ONCE team winning the third stage in the Vuelta a Burgos. He also won the king of the mountains jersey in the 2000 Vuelta Espana. Marcelino García Alonso, also from the Once team has known bigger successes, winning the Ruta del Sol in 1998. Francisco Cerezo Perales, and Manuel Calvente Corpas, two experienced domestiques, make up the rest of the Spainish contigent.
The three Danish riders in the squad include former Mountainbike World Champion of 1999, Michael Rasmussen, Olympic bronze medalist Jimmy Madsen, and the experienced Danny Jonasson.
A rider who will be familiar to old Motorola fans will be the current Itailian Time Trial Champion Andrea Peron. Tyler Hamilton will be relying heavily on his and Sastre's knowledge and skill to help him through the three weeks of hard riding.
Can Hamilton become the first American to win the pink jersey outright since Andy Hampsten in 1998? It will be very tough for the rider from Marblehead, Massachusetts, but he is certain to have many USA fans roadside to cheer him on!
Daily Peloton "in the pink" rating 7 out of 10.