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Tour of Flanders 2006 Start List
 
By Staff
Date: 3/31/2006
Tour of Flanders 2006 Start List
 

Ronde van Vlaanderen 2006 Startlist
Tour of Flanders
Provisional Start Lists as of May 31, Bib Numbers, CSC and T-Mobile Team Statements

T-Mobile
Magenta Flanders Squad
Klier "all fired-up" for Flanders

Andreas Klier spearheads a highly-competitive roster of classics specialists at Sunday's Tour of Flanders.
Klier, who lives and trains in Flanders, was runner-up to Tom Boonen at last year's 'Ronde' and the 30-year-old is fit and raring to start again. "I am all fired-up for Flanders," says the 30-year-old, who is convinced that he has the perfect team to support his bid for victory in Meerbeke.

That back-up team includes T-Mobile stalwart and former Tour of Flanders winner Steffen Wesemann, who certainly has the race knowledge to support Klier over the 17 punchy climbs and countless cobbled passages. The team has the strength in depth to control the race - last year T-Mobile placed three riders in the top ten; Klier (2nd), Erik Zabel (4th) and Russian Champion Sergey Ivanov (9th). Zabel has moved on, but sporting director
Valerio Piva remains convinced that "our team has shown that we have what it takes to win this cycling monument”.

"Flanders's most beautiful"
Of course Flanders is no ordinary race and the Flems are no ordinary cycling public - team manager Olaf Ludwig has only fond memories of his time as a competitor at Vlaanderens mooiste, or "Flanders's most beautiful": "Flanders is to the Belgians, what the football World Cup is to the Germans," says the ex-sprinter, who expects another "day of festivities for the region’s cycling mad fans".

On the sporting front, Valerio Piva believes that Ivanov and Lorenzo Bernucci can be Klier's key men in the race's crucial final stages. Bernucci's return is a real boost to the team - flu forced the Italian to scratch Milan-Sanremo a fortnight ago.
"Lorenzo is very important to our tactics, he can be a huge help to Andreas in the closing stages," says Piva, who also points to the good form of Stephan Schreck, Bram Schmitz and Marcus Burghardt. "Marcus was solid at the Dwars Door Flanderen, and Bram is competitive again after fighting back bravely from his close season injury." Sprinter André Greipel rounds out the T-Mobile roster.

The 2006 ‘Ronde’ promises to be an exciting race, as always. 200 cyclist from 25 teams will tackle the winding 258km route, the cobbles, the mud and the tricky climbs. It is cycling at its hardest, fast and furious, and no place for the faint-hearted. Valerio Piva picks out crowd fave Tom Boonen as the man to beat; The Flemish superstar is in top shape, having bagged his third E3-Prize Flanders win on the trot last weekend, and he will have top men at his side like Milan-Sanremo winner Filippo Pozzato.

"Quick Step are incredibly strong at the moment," says Piva, but he won’t be defining the team tactics around the Belgian’s: "We are going to try to ride our own race."

T-MOBILE TEAM
131 BERNUCCI Lorenzo
132 BURGHARDT Marcus 
133 GREIPEL André
134 IVANOV Serguei 
135 KLIER Andreas
136 SCHMITZ Bram
137 SCHRECK Stephan
138 WESEMANN Steffen

Quick Step/Innergetic
1 BOONEN Tom
2 BETTINI Paolo
3 CRETSKENS Wilfried
4 HULSMANS Kevin
5 KNAVEN Servais
6 NUYENS Nick
7 POZZATO Filippo
8 VAN IMPE Kevin

Davitamon/Lotto
• De Vocht Wim
• Dockx Bart
• Roesems Bert
• Steegmans Gert
• Van Bon Leon
• Van Petegem Peter
• Vansevenant Wim
• Vogels Henk

CSC
Sunderland, "We are Ready"

When Tour of Flanders kicks off on Sunday at 9.40AM on the market place in Brugge, eight top motivated Team CSC riders roll out to fight for a big result. Team CSC's Australian sports director, Scott Sunderland has no doubts: the team is ready to battle for the victory in the Flemish classic.

”We have a handful of riders on top form, and considering the previous cobble stone races, we know we're strong all round. Of course it appears that Tom Boonen is in a league of his own, and he'll probably be the rider everyone will be watching. We don't have any actual favorites, but we do have several potentials. Karsten Kroon, Marcus Ljungqvist, Kurt-Asle Arvesen and Fabian Cancellara are all in great shape right now, and they're very keen to sit up front on Sunday. I think our results lately justify a certain amount of optimism. In my opinion we have a very real chance of a victory,” comments Scott Sunderland about Team CSC's chances in the 258-kilometer Tour of Flanders.

The peloton has to climb 17 of the so called cobble stone walls – with Bosberg as the final one about 12 kilometers before the finish in the 90th edition of the race.

”Anything can happen in a race like Tour of Flanders, but one thing is for sure: only the strong survive. The finish is very tough and it will definitely be a great race to watch. The route is identical to last year's and we know it well, because it's extremely important to know every single turn. We have been out training on some of the strategic spots to refresh our memories, and also to make sure the riders are familiar with the route. We've done absolutely everything in our power to be ready so now we'll have to wait and see what happens on Sunday. Personally I think we'll go far,” Sunderland adds.
Cancellara in 2005 made a good showing in the Classics with 4th in Gent-Wevelgem, and 8th Paris-Roubaix
You can follow the entire race live on Norwegian TV2 from 12.30 CET.

CSC Squad:
21 Kurt-Asle Arvesen
23 Fabian Cancellara
24 Allan Johansen
25 Karsten Kroon
26 Marcus Ljungqvist
27 Lars Michaelsen
22 Christian Müller
28 Luke Roberts

Official Site *listed O'Grady  replacing Roberts(28) and  22 BRESCHEL Matti  replacing Muller this morning.
21 ARVESEN Kurt-Asle
22 BRESCHEL Matti *
23 CANCELLARA Fabian
23 JOHANSEN Allan
24 KROON Karsten
25 LJUNGQVIST Marcus
26 MICHAELSEN Lars
28 O'GRADY Stuart *

CAISSE D'EPARGNE-ILLES BALEARS 
31 BERTHOU Eric
32 BRARD Florent
33 ERVITI Imanol
34 GARCIA ACOSTA José Vicente
35 JULIA CEGARRA Jose Cayetano
36 PORTAL Nicolas
37 REYNES MIMO Vicente
38 ZABALLA GUTIERREZ Constantino

 EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI
41 ARANAGA AZKUNE Andoni
42 FERNANDEZ Koldo
43 GONZALEZ LARRANAGA Gorka
44 IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel
45 ISASI FLORES Inaki 55 KEMPS Aaron
46 MAYO Ivan
47 VERDUGO MARCOTEGUI Gorka
48 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE Haimar

LIBERTY SEGUROS - WÜRTH TEAM
51 ABELLAN OSSENBACH Carlos
51 ABELLAN OSSENBACH Carlos
52 BARREDO LLAMAZALES Carlos
53 DAVIS Allan
54 DE KORT Koen
56 ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin
57 SANCHEZ PRADO Eladio
58 SANTOS MARTINEZ Ivan

SAUNIER DUVAL /PRODIR
61 DIONNE Charles
62 GOMEZ GOMEZ Angel
63 MAZUR Peter
64 MEIJAS LEAL Javier
65 OLSEN Aaron
66 VENTOSO ALBERDI Francisco José 
67 ZARATE FERNANDEZ Carlos
68 BENITEZ ROMAN Jose Alberto

AG2R PREVOYANCE
71 MANGEL Laurent
72 DION Renaud 
73 GADRET John
74 NAVAS CHICA David
75 NAZON Jean-Patrick
76 PÜTSEP Erki
77 USOV Alexandre
78 VAITKUS Tomas

BOUYGUES TELECOM
81 CHAVANEL Sébastien
82 FLICKINGER Andy
83 FLORENCIO CABRE Xavier
84 GENE Yohann
85 GESLIN Anthony
86 MARTIAS Rony
87 PINEAU Jérôme
88 RENIER Franck

COFIDIS
91 CASPER Jimmy
92 CHAVANEL Sylvain
93 COYOT Arnaud
94 MARICHAL Thierry
95 MINARD Sébastien
96 SCHEIRLINCKX Staf
97 VERBRUGGHE Rik
98 WIGGINS Bradley

CREDIT AGRICOLE
101 BODROGI Laszlo
102 DEAN Julian
102 DEAN Julian 
103 ENGOULVENT Jimmy
104 HINAULT Sébastien
105 HUSHOVD Thor
106 LEMOINE Cyril
 107 RENSHAW Mark
108 TALABARDON Yannick

FRANCAISE DES JEUX
111 AUGER Ludovic
112 DETILLOUX Christophe
113 EISEL Bernhard
114 GILBERT Philippe
114 GILBERT Philippe
115 GUESDON Frédéric
116 LARSSON Gustav Erik
117 MENGIN Christophe
118 MOUREY Francis

GEROLSTEINER 
121 HAUSSLER Heinrich
122 HOJ Frank
123 KOPP David
124 KRAUSS Sven
125 LANG Sebastian
126 SCHUMACHER Stefan
127 WROLICH Peter
128 ZBERG Beat

LAMPRE/FONDITAL
141 BENNATI Daniele
142 BALLAN Alessandro
143 CORIONI Claudio
144 FORNACIARI Paolo
145 FRANZOI Enrico
146 LOOSLI David
147 NAPOLITANO Danilo
148 RIGHI Daniele

LIQUIGAS
151 ALBASINI Michael
152 COLLI Daniele 
153 LODA Nicola
154 MILESI Marco
155 PAOLINI Luca
156 RIGHETTO Marco
157 ZANINI Stefano
158 BACKSTEDT Magnus

TEAM MILRAM
161 CADAMURO Simone
162 CELESTINO Mirko
163 DEN BAKKER Maarten
164 KNEES Christian
165 PETACCHI Alessandro
166 SACCHI Fabio
167 VELO Marco
168 ZABEL Erik

RABOBANK
171 FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio
172 DEKKER Erik
173 BOVEN Jan
174 BOOGERD Michael
175 FREIRE GOMEZ Oscar
176 HORRILLO MUNOZ Pedro
177 POSTHUMA Joost
178 WAUTERS Marc

PHONAK HEARING SYSTEMS
181 CLERC Aurélien
182 ELMIGER Martin
183 GRABSCH Bert 
184 GUIDI Fabrizio
185 MERCKX Axel
186 MOERENHOUT Koos
187 MURN Uros
188 RAST Grégory 

DISCOVERY CHANNEL
191 BARRY Michael
192 DEVOLDER Stijn
193 EKIMOV Viatcheslav
194 GUSEV Vladimir
195 HAMMOND Roger
196 HINCAPIE George
197 HOSTE Leif
198 JOACHIM Benoît

CHOCOLADE JACQUES
201 BARBE Koen
202 D'HOLLANDER Glenn
203 EECKHOUT Niko
204 HOVELYNCK Kurt
205 RENDERS Jens
206 VEUCHELEN Frederik
207 WYNANTS Maarten
208 WILLEMS Frederik

LANDBOUWKREDIET/COLNAGO
211 AMORISON Frédéric
212 CAPPELLE Andy
213 CRIQUIELION Mathieu
214 DE WAELE Bert
215 HABEAUX Gregory
216 SIMON Jean-Paul
217 VANLANDSCHOOT James
218 VERSTREPEN Johan

UNIBET.COM 
221 COOKE Baden
222 GARDEYN Gorik
223 HUNT Jeremy
224 OMLOOP Geert
225 THIJS Erwin
226 VANDENBROUCKE Frank
227 ZANOTTI Marco
228 BOUCHER David

TEAM TENAX SALMILANO
231 BALDATO Fabio
232 BOSISIO Gabriele
233 MCPARTLAND David
234 MURRO Christian
 235 PEREZ ARANGO Marlon Alirio
236 PETITO Roberto
237 PIDGORNYY Ruslan
238 URAN Rigoberto

SKIL/SHIMANO
241 KANO Tomoya
242 MARTENS Paul
243 REINERINK Rik
244 ROOIJAKKERS Piet
245 TJALLINGII Maarten
246 VAN HUMMEL Kenny Robert
247 VIERHOUTEN Aart
248 WEISSINGER René

Ein „perfektes Team" für Klier
Mit einer hochmotivierten Mannschaft startet das T-Mobile Team am Sonntag bei der 90. Flandern-Rundfahrt. Angeführt wird das acht Fahrer starke Aufgebot des Bonner Profi-Radrennstalls beim vierten ProTour-Rennen der Saison in Belgien von Andreas Klier. Der 30 Jahre alte Klassikerspezialist mit Wohnsitz in Denderwindeke unweit von Geraardsbergen belegte im vergangenen Jahr hinter Weltmeister Tom Boonen den zweiten Platz.

Für dieses Jahr hat sich Klier erneut viel vorgenommen. "Ich bin heiß auf Flandern", sagt der Magenta-Profi, der mit seiner Euphorie für die 'Ronde' auch seine "Mannschaftskollegen angesteckt" hat. Er habe "ein perfektes Team" um seinen Traum vom Sieg zu verwirklichen, betont der Wahl-Belgier.

In Steffen Wesemann weiß Andreas Klier dabei einen profunden Kenner der 17 Anstiege und zahllosen Kopfsteinpflasterabschnitte an seiner Seite. Der Routinier mit Schweizer Pass trug sich 2004 als zweiter Deutscher nach Rudi Altig in die Siegerliste des Klassikers ein.

Überhaupt wusste das Magenta-Team in der Vergangenheit in Flandern zu überzeugen. In Klier, Erik Zabel (4.) und dem Russen Sergey Ivanov (9.) platzierten sich im vergangenen Jahr gleich drei T-Mobile-Profis in den Top Ten. "Unsere Mannschaft hat das Zeug dazu, dieses Monument des Radsports zu gewinnen", glaubt der Sportliche Leiter Valerio Piva.

Team-Manager Olaf Ludwig gerät bei seinen Erinnerungen an die Flandern-Rundfahrt ebenfalls ins Schwärmen: "Flandern ist für die Belgier das, was die Fußball-WM für uns Deutsche ist", sagt der frühere Weltklasse-Sprinter und spricht von einem "Festtag für die Radsport verrückten Fans".

Für den Italiener Piva können neben Kapitän Andreas Klier auch Ivanov und sein Landsmann Lorenzo Bernucci am Sonntag in der entscheidenden Phase "eine Rolle spielen". Wichtig sei vor allem die Rückkehr Bernuccis ins Team. Der 26-Jährige hatte seine Teilnahme an der "Primavera" Mailand-San Remo Mitte März mit einem grippalen Infekt absagen müssen.

"Lorenzo ist ein Fahrer, der die Teamtaktik sehr gut umsetzen und Andreas im Finale eine große Hilfe sein kann", sagt Piva, der aber auch Stephan Schreck, Bram Schmitz und Youngster Marcus Burghardt eine gute Form attestiert. "Marcus ist zuletzt bei Dwars Door Flanderen wieder sehr stark gefahren, und Bram hat sich nach seiner Verletzung ins Team zurückgekämpft, schließlich hat er im Januar auf Mallorca noch eine Gehhilfe benötigt." Komplettiert wird das Magenta-Aufgebot vom sprintstarken André Greipel.
 

 
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