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2009 Tour de France teams announced

Teams from Russia, Switzerland, Kazakhstan, the US, Denmark, Italy, Belgium and… France

Straight from our inbox to you… Quite a lot of teams from France and assorted cycling nations plus the welcome return of one from Kazakhstan.

As expected the Cervelo Test Team get a wildcard entry – given their start to the season and the fact that last year's winner, Carlos Sastre rides for them it would have been pretty amazing if they hadn't.

20 teams will make up a peloton of 180 riders and set off from Monaco on the 96th edition of the Tour de France on the 4th of July. Can't wait.

Team Milram (MRM)

Quick Step (QST)
Silence - Lotto (SIL)

Team Saxo Bank (SAX)

Caisse d’Epargne (GCE)
Euskaltel - Euskadi (EUS)

United States
Garmin - Slipstream (GRM)
Team Columbia – High Road (THR)

AG2R La Mondiale (ALM)
Agritubel (AGR)
BBox Bouygues Telecom (BTL)
Cofidis, Le Crédit en Ligne (COF)
Française des Jeux (FDJ)

Lampre – N.G.C. (LAM)
Liquigas (LIQ)

Astana (AST)

Rabobank (RAB)
Skil-Shimano (SKS)

Team Katusha (KAT)

Cervélo Test Team (CTT)'s founder and first editor, nowadays to be found riding a spreadsheet. Tony's journey in cycling media started in 1997 as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning - finally handing on the reins in 2021 to Jack Sexty. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes, though he'd like to own a carbon bike one day.

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DaSy | 15 years ago

The ICPT had a code of conduct for Pro Tour teams that signed up to it, but having a Pro Tour licence and being a member of the ICPT are two seperate things.

As a Pro Tour team you have to adhere to UCI rules, so the 2 year ban for Basso is all that has to be served. If the team hiring him is also a member of ICPT then they have agreed to not hiring a convicted doper for 4 years, but this is a voluntary agreement.

Liquigas renounced it's ICPT membership to allow them to hire Basso, but it was still working within the UCI rules as he had served his 2 year ban, so could legitimately hire him and still keep a Pro Tour licence.

It's all political shinanigans, but it's still legit within the UCI rules. A life ban is the only way forward in my opinion, then there is no question of re-hiring.

John_the_Monkey replied to DaSy | 15 years ago

Sloppy terminology on my part in referring to it as a rule, I have to admit.

John_the_Monkey | 15 years ago

Why, in the name of all that's holy, are Liquigas riding the tour, for pity's sake?

Beltran tested positive last year, the team withdrew from the ICPT solely so they could sign Basso for a pro-tour ride 2 years before he should have got one, and Gianni Da Ros arrested for allegedly trafficking doping products.

Mr Sock replied to John_the_Monkey | 15 years ago

Especially as Fuji-Servetto (Saunier Duvall as was) were told very firmly that there were not welcome at ASO events. Fair enough Saunier did blot their copybook spectacularly at last year's Tour.

Someone was bound to break ranks and sign Basso - he's just too good a talent to ignore, but signing him, plus Beltran, plus Da Ros it doesn't look good does it.

Maybe ASO had run out of decent Pro Continental French teams to fill out the places?

John_the_Monkey replied to Mr Sock | 15 years ago

Teams would be less likely to break ranks if there was a good chance of them being excluded from the premier events for doing so though. The "double penalty" rule for the pro-tour teams is worthless if it can be broken without consequence, imo.

In lots of ways this season could have marked a turning point in the way the sport treats doping and dopers - (actually sticking to the agreed penalties, for instance) given the return of some high profile names following bans, and following the strong showing by ASO and the AFLD(?) last year. Instead we have a team breaking an agreement (without consequence) and L'Equipe allegedly told to do less investigation of dopage. It's starting to look depressingly like business as usual circa the late 90s, early 2000s, isn't it?

I didn't expect the UCI to do anything about it, but had higher hopes for ASO given their stance last year - this decision is really disappointing.

Mr Sock replied to John_the_Monkey | 15 years ago

Can't argue with you there ASO's seem to be operating on the basis that if a team seriously pisses them off in one of their own events they will come down hard, but if the misbehaviour is outside one of their races, or them deem it to be minor stuff second chances will be given.

Probably what we are seeing is the results of the changes that happened at the top of ASO last autumn the catalyst for which was the row with the UCI. The hardliners who were coming down hard on the dopers and obviously had little time for the UCI were ousted in favour of pragmatists. The wrong side won - the Tour de France doesn't need the UCI and nor does professional road racing… don't get me started!

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