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June 28, 2004

More Tour squads announced: Cofidis, Gerolsteiner, RAGT, AG2R

www.cyclingnews.com | First Edition Cycling News for June 29, 2004 The highest profile announcement must be the Cofidis squad, now without time trial world champ (and admitted EPO user) David Millar. As the largest French team, Cofidis can afford not one, but two Australians, with Matthew White the emergency backup Aussie to Stuart O'Grady. The full team: • Stuart O'Grady • Jimmy Casper • Frédéric Bessy • Christopher Edaleine • Jimmy Engoulvent • Dmitriy Fofonov • David Moncoutié • Janek Tombak • Matthew White Follow the jump for Gerolsteiner, AG2R, RAGT, and the reason Irish eyes are smiling on this year's Tour de France....

Gerolsteiner announced that they will send reserve Fabian Wegmann to the start line in place of Markus Zberg. Gerolsteiner was apparently confused about the Australian requirement, instead staffing the team with Austrians. I hope those blood tests can't tell the difference. The full Gerolsteiner squad: • René Haselbacher • Danilo Hondo • Peter Wrolich • Georg Totschnig • Sebastian Lang • Uwe Peschel • Ronny Scholz • Fabian Wegmann • Sven Montgomery RAGT Semences-MG Rover will be waving the French flag during time trial stages, as Eddy Seigneur held on to the French TT championship. This will be Seigneur's last Tour de France. The full squad: • Eddy Seigneur • Guillaume Auger • Pierre Bourquenoud • Gilles Bouvard • Sylvain Calzati • Frédéric Finot • Christophe Laurent • Ludovic Martin • Christophe Rinero I wouldn't be surprised if that's the last time you hear those names before the end of July, unless they put a rider in a suicide break. Finally, AG2R officially named Ireland's Mark Scanlon to their Tour squad, as noted at IrishCycling.com. Scanlon, the 1998 junior world champion, becomes the 1st Irish rider since 1987 Tour winner Stephen Roche rode his last Tour in 1993. He's the eighth Irish starter ever. Also on the squad: • Laurent Brochard (former world champ) • Jaan Kirsipuu • Jean Patrick Nazon • Stéphane Goubert • Nicolas Portal • Yuri Krivtsov • Mikel Astarloza • Samuel Dumoulin • Mark Scanlon This is a squad that could make some noise, with several chances at stage wins.

Posted by Frank Steele on June 28, 2004 in Fabian Wegmann, Top Stories, Tour news | Permalink


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Good lord, how on earth do you keep up with all the cycling news, Frank?

I could only wish for 1/20th of the coverage for my favorite sport.

Posted by: lancefan at Jun 28, 2004 10:20:00 PM