June 19, 2006
CSC names Tour nine; Cancellara left off
CSC named the nine men it hopes can lead Ivan Basso to his first Tour de France victory in July.
It's a deep squad, featuring both guys not named “Armstrong” to wear the yellow jersey last year (Zabriskie and Voigt), 1998 Tour podium finisher Bobby Julich, and lots of love from Luxembourg: National champion (for at least another week) and 2006 Amstel Gold winner Frank Schleck, and 2006 Tour of Luxembourg winner Christian Vande Velde.
Biggest surprise is probably the exclusion of Fabian Cancellara; he's probably a victim of the missing team time trial.
Team director Bjarne Riis:
“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.
- CSC 2006 Tour de France squad:
- Ivan Basso
- Carlos Sastre
- Fränk Schleck
- Jens Voigt
- Giovanni Lombardi
- Stuart O'Grady
- Bobby Julich
- David Zabriskie
- Christian Vande Velde
Posted by Frank Steele on June 19, 2006 in Bobby Julich, Christian Vande Velde, Dave Zabriskie, Fabian Cancellara, Frank Schleck, Ivan Basso, Jens Voigt, Stuart O'Grady, Tour de France 2006 | Permalink