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turns out to be Danish :yesnod:

CSC announces their Tour team, with oddly enough, no Danes :frown2:

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?id=news/2006/jun06/jun19news2

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Team CSC's Tour de France line-up 2006 has been officially announced. Led by team director Bjarne Riis, the Danish squad will be composed of the following riders: Ivan Basso, Carlos Sastre, Fränk Schleck, Jens Voigt, Giovanni Lombardi, Stuart O'Grady, Bobby Julich, David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde.
Ain't globalism the Shizzle! :smilewinkgrin:
 

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To be fair, CSC is actually an American company, which sponsers the team through it's Danish branch. Much like the former Liberty team.

I'm glad to see Zabriskie made though.
 

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Einstruzende said:
To be fair, CSC is actually an American company, which sponsers the team through it's Danish branch. Much like the former Liberty team.

I'm glad to see Zabriskie made though.
i'm not complaining.

who knows, if things work out in their odd little way, then CSC, Phonak, and Davitimon-Lotto might have more US riders than Discovery does this year :)
 

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Thats a pretty stacked team when Fabian Cancellara doesn't make the team. I guess they needed climbers instead. That whole team looks pretty good.
Taking Giovanni Lombardi and Stuart O'Grady seems a little strange, considering that they want Basso to win the overall. I wonder if they are going to let O'Grady go after the green jersey, too. Personally, I would have taken Cancellara over the aging Lombardi.
 

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Taking Giovanni Lombardi and Stuart O'Grady seems a little strange, considering that they want Basso to win the overall. I wonder if they are going to let O'Grady go after the green jersey, too. Personally, I would have taken Cancellara over the aging Lombardi.
IIRC I read or heard something on belgian TV that Lombardi is a kind mentor/big brother figure for Basso. He's also there as CSC Road Captain, like Eki for USPS/Disco.
 

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Ivan Basso, Carlos Sastre, Frank Schleck, Jens Voigt, Giovanni Lombardi, Stuart O’Grady, Bobby Julich, David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde.

It looks like a team designed to do a lot of high-tempo riding and take control of the race. Sounds familiar.
 

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So who are all of the American riders?

Landis
Leipheimer
Julich
Hincapie
Zabriskie
Vande Velde
Horner
Rodriguez
...?
 

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Horner, Rodriguez.

I suppose Guido Trenti of Quickstep also has American citizenship as well.

Edit: I thought Trenti as part of Boonen's lead out would be racing, but according to VN he isn't on the Tour roster.
 
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Ivan Basso, Carlos Sastre, Frank Schleck, Jens Voigt, Giovanni Lombardi, Stuart O’Grady, Bobby Julich, David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde.

It looks like a team designed to do a lot of high-tempo riding and take control of the race. Sounds familiar.
Yes and I agree. This worked real well in the Giro where Basso's rivals where mainly climbers. I don't think it will work as well in the TdF. The sprint teams will be pushing tempo on the (many) flatter stages. And TMob could take advantage of this on mountain stages by letting CSC lead until the selection is made (with the possibility that Disco's protected riders will all be doing a their 'Vino' impersonations this year).
 
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