Saunier Duval for the Tour de France
In a few days, the Tour de France will take off. Joxean “Matxin” Fernandez, Directeur Sportif, comments on the team’s composition:
1. Angel Gomez Marchante
"He is the rider of the future. I can imagine him wearing the white jersey in the Tour! Angel is very strong and raced an excellent Dauphiné; he even gave shivers to the favorites!”
2. Constantino Zaballa
"He was already very impressive in the classics. He is a rider who likes to work and has a strong fighting spirit. His goal at the Tour is a stage victory!”
3. Juan Manuel Garate
"The specialist in big tours, Garate is a very experienced rider who raced an amazing Giro, finishing 5th. His goal is the general classification.”
4. Nicolas Fritsch
"The Frenchy of the team! It’s clear that Nicolas’ biggest goal of the season is the Tour; he trained very hard in the mountains and raced a good Dauphiné as well.”
5. Iñigo Cuesta
"Inigo is a perfect team-mate and will surely help Marchante win a stage! He recently won a stage of the Tour of Catalunya.”
6. David Cañada
"David will also help for a stage victory. He is really strong at the time trial and could also be part of some escapes…”
7. Chris Horner
"Chris just came back to competition at the Tour de Suisse, after a broken leg; he won the 6th stage and finished 5th in the G.C. He is physically and mentally at the top for the Tour.”
8. Leonardo Piepoli
"Leonardo is one of the best climbers in the world. He recently won a stage at the Tour of Catalunya and feels very good. Expect him to be fast in the mountains.”
9. Manuel Quinziato
"Manuel is a very powerful rider and feels very good at the moment. He finished 6th at the Italian Time Trial Championships.”
Directeurs sportifs: Joxean «Matxin» Fernandez and Pietro Algeri.
Horner and Piepoli at the Tour de Suisse. Photo courtesy Saunier Duval-Prodir.
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Phonak Team for Tour de France
The General Team Manager of the Phonak Hearing Systems team, John Lelangue, announced today the line-up for the 2005 Tour de France, after conferring with the two Directeurs Sportifs, Juan Fernandez and Jacques Michaud. The only Swiss UCI ProTour team will participate in the Grand Boucle with the following riders (in alphabetical order):
Botero Santiago (KOL), Grabsch Bert (GER), Gutierrez Enrique (ESP), Hunter Robert (RSA), Jalabert Nicoals (FRA), Landis Floyd (USA), Moos Alexandre (SUI), Pereiro Oscar (ESP) und Zampieri Steve (SUI)
Domina Vacanze for Tour de France
Former World Time trial champion Serhiy Honchar will lead the Domina Vacanze Team for the Tour de France. Honchar, Time Trial champion in 2000, will lead an experienced team which also includes youngster Maxim Iglinsky, who showed well in the last Tour de l'Avenir.
Alessandro Bertolini, Alessandro Cortinovis, Angelo Furlan, Paolo Valoti, Adry Grivko, Serhiy Honchar, Maxim Iglinsky, Jorg Ludewig, Rafael Nuritdinov.
Fassa Bortolo for Tour de France
Fassa Bortolo will start on Saturday with the first holder of the Yellow jersey in 2004 Fabian Cancellara. Giancarlo Ferretti has also picked the aggressive Juan Antonio Flecha, who won a stage in 2003.
Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Lorenzo Bernucci, Paolo Bossoni, Claudio Corioni, Dario Frigo, Massimo Giunti (ITA), Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP), Volodymir Gustov (UKR), Kim Kirchen (LUX).
Quickstep for Tour de France
Wilfried Peeters and Luca Guercilena have announced the Quick Step team for the Tour de France. Tom Boonen will be aiming for stage wins and the Green jersey while Michael Rogers will go for the GC helped by Patrik Sinkewitz.
Tom Boonen, Stefano Zanini, Michael Rogers, Patrik Sinkewitz, Wilfried Cretskens, Kevin Hulsmans, Servais Knaven, Bram Tankink and Guido Trenti.
Rabobank for Tour de France
The Rabobank Team enter the race with two clear objectives. Denis Menchov to aim for a good position in the General Classification and Rasmussen to try and win a stage and the Polka Dot King of the Mountains jersey.
"We have a team that is capable of attacking on every type of stage, and we wil try to feature on the flat, the rolling and the mountainous stages," said Erik Breukink, Team Manager of the Dutch outfit.
Gomez Marchante (Saunier Duval-Prodir), Vinokourov (T-Mobile) and
Armstrong (Discovery Channel) at the
Dauphiné Libéré. Photo courtesy Saunier Duval-Prodir. Click for larger image.