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The selected teams for the Tour de France 2009

Added: tuesday 17 March 2009 at 23:58:00
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    The selected teams for the Tour de France 2009The Tour de France 2009 will start on Saturday 4 July from Monaco and will finish 3 weeks later (on 26 July 2009) at the Champs-Elysées in Paris.

    While the route has been announced on 22 October 2008 already, today the organisor of the Tour, Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), announced the list of selected teams.

    17 of the 18 UCI ProTour teams

    After the publication of the list of teams which participated in Paris-Nice 2009, the list of teams for the Tour de France 2009 is no real surprise anymore: it's exactly the same list!

    Among the 18 UCI ProTour teams only one team is not welcome, Fuji-Servetto (founded on what rests of the Saunier Duval-Scott team (in the mean time renamed in Scott-American Beef)), because of the doping cases in that team in 2008.

    Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, said about this: We don't want to have the former Saunier Duval team in our races. Our approach on this topic didn't change and will not change.

    3 Continental Pro teams

    In addition to these UCI ProTour teams, 3 Continental Pro teams have been invited: Agritubel, Skil-Shimano and Cervélo TestTeam.

    Nicolas VogondyThe invitation of the Agritubel team is no real surprise anymore since this will be the 4th time already (after the first invitation in 2006) that this French team is invited to participate in the Tour de France. We'll therefore probably see riders like Christophe Moreau, the current French champion Nicolas Vogondy (photo) and maybe Geoffroy Lequatre, Nicolas Jalabert and Romain Feillu on the routes of la Grande Boucle.

    The two other Continental Pro teams invited to participate in the 96th edition of the Tour de France are:

    - the Dutch team Skil-Shimano which indicated in 2008 not to be ready to participate in the Tour de France and about which Christian Prudhomme said: We have already invited this team in the Tour du Picardie, in the Tour du Qatar, for Paris-Nice last year. This team has grown a lot together with us the last few years and has been built on solid bases. Their philosophy of cycling correspond to our vision.
    Jonathan HivertIn Paris-Nice it was especially the French rider Jonathan Hivert (photo) who showed the team's jersey and he finished the Race to the sun on a very good 8th place in the general ranking, 2nd best young rider. He finished 2nd of the fourth stage and fourth of the last stage.
    Iwan Spekenbrink, the team's manager showed his happiness after having heard about the good news: We are grateful for the confidence Direction Cyclisme A.S.O. shows in our organisation and our vision. Our team has experienced growth in the past two years, in terms of both organisation and the potential of our riders. We have become a lot stronger in terms of breadth and our riders have shown they can compete at the highest level.

    Concerning the goals of the team he added: Our goal for the Tour de France is basically the same as it is for most other races we start: riding offensively, attractively and with a good team spirit.

    - the Swiss team Cervélo TestTeam with especially the Tour de France 2008 winner, Carlos Sastre

    Thomas Campana, directeur sportif at Cervélo, said it's very good news for us: it's a honour that the organisor of the Tour de France puts faith in us for our participation in the Tour 2009. We are very happy that Carlos Sastre can defend his title. This really is a very good day for us.

    Some of you might regret the absence in the Tour de France of Barloworld (with riders like the Tour de France 2007 polka dot jersey Mauricio Soler, Robert Hunter and Christopher Froome) and Vacansoleil (with riders like Baden Cooke or the very promissing Clément Lhotellerie).

    The list of teams by country and their shirts

    Below you'll see a list of the 20 teams which have been invited, order by country and with an image of the shirt of each of these teams. Each team can select 9 riders (the final selection of participating riders will not be available before June, probably just after the National Championships), which will thus as usual give a 180 rider peloton at the start in Monaco.
    Germany
    Team Milram
    Team Milram
    Belgium
    QuickStep
    QuickStep
    Silence-Lotto
    Silence-Lotto
    Denmark
    Team Saxo Bank
    Team Saxo Bank
    Spain
    Caisse d'Epargne
    Caisse d'Epargne
    Euskaltel-Euskadi
    Euskaltel-Euskadi
    United States
    Garmin-Slipstream
    Garmin-Slipstream
    Team Columbia-High Road
    Team Columbia-High Road
    France
    AG2R La Mondiale
    AG2R La Mondiale
    Agritubel
    Agritubel
    BBox Bouygues Telecom
    BBox Bouygues Telecom
    Cofidis, le crédit en ligne
    Cofidis, le crédit par téléphone
    Française des Jeux
    Française des Jeux
    Italy
    Lampre-NGC
    Lampre-NGC
    Liquigas
    Liquigas
    Kazakhstan
    Astana
    Astana
    The Netherlands
    Rabobank
    Rabobank
    Skil-Shimano
    Skil-Shimano
    Rusland
    Team Katusha
    Team Katusha
    Switzerland
    Cervélo TestTeam
    Cervélo TestTeam

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Très belle variété et couleur des maillots.
    Bravo pour la sélection des équipes Françaises.
    de toutes les façons ASO ne pouvait pas inviter tout le monde

    | BAICRY Jean-Claude | wednesday 18 March 2009 at 9:41:10

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