June 27, 2007
Discos fill out Tour dance card
- Discovery Channel 2007 Tour de France roster:
- Alberto Contador (Spain)
- Vladimir Gusev (Russia)
- George Hincapie (USA)
- Levi Leipheimer (USA)
- Egoi Martinez (Spain)
- Benjamin Noval (Spain)
- Sergio Paulinho (Portugal)
- Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine)
- Tomas Vaitkus (Lithuania)
Director Johan Bruyneel said he has three goals for the Tour: Leipheimer on the podium, a stage win for the team, and Contador in the Best Young Rider jersey in Paris.
Hincapie won Stage 15 of the 2005 Tour, and led the race for a day last year. Popovych took Stage 12 of last year's Tour, and was himself the Best Young Rider in 2005. Leipheimer was 6th overall in the 2005 Tour, and is coming off a win at this year's Tour of California and two stage wins at the Tour de Georgia.
Stijn Devolder, who had been racing very well, will watch the Tour from home, as will veterans José Luis Rubiera and Pavel Padrnos.
With some discussion of Devolder's non-selection.
Bruyneel tips Vinokourov, with nods to Cadel Evans, Vladimir Karpets, Denis Menchov, and Carlos Sastre.
He also admitted the doping craziness is impacting the team's search for a new sponsor.
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