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February 27, 2004

Who's on the bubble?

VeloNews | Tour teams announcement later Friday

The Tour de France organization will announce the teams invited to this year’s Tour later today. VeloNews suggests that Tyler Hamilton’s Phonak team and Joseba Beloki’s Boulangeres team are on the bubble.

Last year, the biggest selection controversy was the exclusion of Mario Cipollini’s Domina Vacanze team, which led to the earlier team announcements this year.

VeloNews handicaps the squads:

    Teams already qualified:
  • T-Mobile
  • Gerolsteiner
  • Quick Step
  • Illes Balears
  • Euskaltel-Euskadi
  • Liberty Seguros
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Cofidis
  • Fdjeux.com
  • Alessio-Bianchi
  • Fassa Bortolo
  • Saeco
  • Rabobank
  • CSC
    Teams expected to get in:
  • Phonak
  • Ag2r
  • Boulangere
  • Credit Agricole
  • Lotto-Domo
    Teams with outside chance:
  • RAGT
  • Chocolat Jacques
  • Lampre
  • Landbouwkrediet
  • Milaneza-MSS
  • Relax-Bodysol
  • Mr Bookmaker
  • De Nardi
  • Kelme(Division II)
  • Domina Vacanze (Division II)

The Daily Peloton goes so far as to predict the full selection, and offers a team-by-team breakdown.

Posted by Frank Steele on February 27, 2004 in Tour news | Permalink

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