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May 30, 2007

Astana, Agritubel, Barloworld get 2007 wildcards

Tour de France 2007 - Press releases of official website

Tour organizers announced this year's wildcard teams today, naming Agritubel, Astana, and Barloworld as the final three squads in the 2007 Tour. They join almost all of the ProTour squads, minus Unibet.com, to make a field of 189.

    The full rundown:

  • AG2R (France)
  • Agritubel (France)
  • Astana (Switzerland)
  • Barloworld (UK)
  • Bouyges Telecom (France)
  • Caisse d'Epargne (Spain)
  • Cofidis (France)
  • Credit Agricole (France)
  • Team CSC (Denmark)
  • Discovery Channel (USA)
  • Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spain)
  • Française des Jeux (France)
  • Gerolsteiner (Germany)
  • Lampre-Fondital (Italy)
  • Liquigas (Italy)
  • Team Milram (Italy)
  • Predictor-Lotto (Belgium)
  • Quick Step-Innergetic (Belgium)
  • Rabobank (Netherlands)
  • Saunier Duval-Prodir (Spain)
  • T-Mobile Team (Germany)

Meanwhile, in the face of a German federal investigation into University of Freiburg doctors who reportedly supplied Telekom riders with EPO in the 1990s, Germany's two public TV networks, which share coverage of the race, have threatened to dump their contracts when they expire in 2008 unless they “are certain that doping has no chance at the Tour de France.” Although Bjarne Riis said last week his team supports his admission that he used EPO while winning the 1996 Tour, the race's organizers are less sanguine. Tour director Christian Prudhomme told AFP “it would be shocking to have [CSC director Bjarne] Riis included in the Tour de France” in any capacity, adding “It would be logical that Riis applies to himself the same treatment that he applied to Ivan Basso last year.” ASO President Patrice Clerc echoed the sentiment: “Why should it always be the riders who pay the price?”

Posted by Frank Steele on May 30, 2007 in Barloworld, Top Stories, Tour de France 2007, Tour news | Permalink

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