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Tour de France - Team CSC Roster 2006
By Staff
Date: 6/19/2006
Tour de France - Team CSC Roster 2006

Team CSC's Tour de France line-up 2006
CSC's team fields a strong team in support of Ivan Basso in the goal of the double.

Following this weekends victory in the ProTour Team Time Trial, Team CSC's Bjarne Riis announced the squad today that will ride le Tour. Strong on every count the team are dedicated to ride for Ivan Basso and the team attempts his goal to win the "Double" and add the tour to his strong and dominating Giro d'Italia victory.

    Ivan Basso Giro Poster available at CSC website

The team lived up to it's role as a favorite in the Eindhoven ProTour Team Time Trial beating Discovery Channel who finished in  second place with 42 seconds and Gerolsteiner in third place with 55 seconds, hereby taking a very convincing victory in the 48-kilometer race.

Bobby Julich at Eindhoven
Photo c. Bart Hazen Cyclingfx

"Our riders were top motivated today, and everything worked out for us. We had some very experienced riders on the team as well as some of the younger ones, and it was great to see them working together so well. The team time trial is an important discipline for us, because it calls for some of the skills, which we value a great deal: To be able to work together as a team, to be able to communicate and approach a task with one common goal in mind. We were the favorites today and it was a pleasure to live up to this honor," said Bjarne Riis.

Stuart O'Grady Photo c. Bart Hazen Cyclingfx

The following Team CSC riders have been selected for this year's Tour de France:
Ivan Basso
Carlos Sastre
Fränk Schleck
Jens Voigt
Giovanni Lombardi
Stuart O'Grady
Bobby Julich
David Zabriskie
Christian Vande Velde.

"As so often before it has been a difficult task to select the remaining riders for this team, because we have so many, who are in great shape and who have the motivation to do well in Tour de France. But it is a luxury for us to have this problem, and I'm proud our team has reached a point, where we have so many strong riders at such a high level," says Bjarne Riis.

David Zabriskie Photo c. Bart Hazen Cyclingfx

“We are bringing a fantastic team to Tour de France this year. When you look at the names, you cannot help but notice, that this is a team to be reckoned with – a team which has the foundation to be one of the dominating ones in the 2006 edition of the Tour. We go to France this year with one ambition: To win with Ivan Basso. After his victory in the Giro, and with the training he has done in the period since then, I have no doubt he is ready for this next big challenge. He has the class, the willpower and also the team behind him to be one of the favorites,” adds Bjarne Riis.

Bjarne Riis  Photo c. Bart Hazen Cyclingfx

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