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Tour de France team news: Garmin Cervelo and Leopard Trek announce line-ups

Millar in but Haussler misses out at Garmin, while hundreds of fans in Luxembourg cheer Schlecks & Co

Garmin-Cervelo and Leopard Trek have left it late, but both outfits have now named their outfits for the Tour de France following what, for the US team at least, turned out to be a very difficult selection process. From a British perspective, the big news there is that David Millar makes the cut.

The 34-year-old, who earlier this month published his autobiography, is one of a handful of riders not only to have won stages in all three Grand Tours – the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta and Tour de France – but also to have worn the leader’s jersey in them.

The team features three riders who can make an impact in the general classification, in the shape of American riders Christian Vande Velde, twice a top ten overall finisher in the race, Tom Danielson, who makes his Tour de France debut, and the Canadian Ryder Hesjedal, third last year.

World champion Thor Hushovd and Tyler Farrar provide options in the sprints, depending on the type of finish, with Julian Dean performing leadout duties. US time trial champion David Zabriskie and the Lithuanian rider Ramunas Navardauskas, who makes his Tour de France debut, round out the team.

Missing out, however, are Ireland’s Dan Martin, Britain’s Roger Hammond and Daniel Lloyd and, perhaps most surprisingly, 2009 Tour de France stage winner Heinrich Haussler – in fact, none of the team’s six Australians made the cut. Also losing out on a place in the team is Paris-Roubaix winner, ohan Van Summeren.

“We needed a team that could give us options in the overall but also for stage wins and with this squad, we have that,” explained Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of the team’s management company, Slipstream Sports.

“With such a strong team, and so many riders going so well all season, this was our most difficult Tour selection yet. When you have 15 or 18 riders capable of riding the Tour, it becomes difficult, and it’s hard to leave guys like Johan [Van Summeren] home. But I’m confident that we have found the right mix in this group, and I have absolute faith in these riders,” he added.

“It’s going to be an exciting Tour.”

Leopard Trek’s challenge is of course spearheaded by the Schleck brothers, backed by a strong supporting cast comprising Fabian Cancellara, Linus Gerdemann, Maxime Monfort, Jakob Fuglsang, Jens Voigt, Stuart O’Grady and Joost Posthuma.

Team manager Kim Andersen, speaking at the team’s presentation today in Luxembourg in front of hundreds of fans, said: “It is no secret that we go to the Tour to try to win it. We have high ambitions for this team. We will target the overall and possibly even win some stages on the way to Paris.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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Argy | 12 years ago

No Aussies made the cut!  7 Crickey!  14 ... they have no idea what they are missing out on!  20

rockfield | 12 years ago

Really pleased to see that Jens has made the cut for leopard-trek..Shut up legs!!

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