June 15, 2005
Davitamon-Lotto: We'll support Evans for GC, McEwen for green at Tour
CyclingNews.com talks to Hendrik Redant, manager of Davitamon-Lotto, about their Tour de France plans. Davitamon-Lotto has developed some new facets, and are going in to the Tour with a breakout Belgian climber, Wim Van Huffel; one of the 2-3 top sprinters in the race, Robbie McEwen; and potential GC top 10 Cadel Evans.
Evans, a former mountain bike world champion, was rescued from T-Mobile, and is one of those names to watch once Armstrong retires. He broke his collarbone a month ago, and is working through the recovery process.
"I'm feeling really confident; we still have to confirm a few riders - we have about six at the moment, you know the names, you've been reading them... " said Redant to Cyclingnews with a wry smile. "Obviously, there's going to be some adjustments after this Tour of Switzerland, the [recent] Dauphiné Libéré and also the Ster Elektrotoer, which is on at the moment.
"But I think we have quite a good balance. We have a team set up around Cadel [Evans]; for sure, he's going to be our leading man for the [overall] classification, but also for Robbie, we're going to go for at least a few stage wins and also again for green. So I think the balance is quite good; we're going to do it again like we did in the Tour of Italy, and I hope we are as successful as we were there."
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