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Exclusive: the participants in the Tour du Limousin 2010!

Added: tuesday 10 August 2010 at 9:27:00
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    Exclusive: the participants in the Tour du Limousin 2010!A few days ago I already presented the 2010 Tour du Limousin route on Google Maps. Today, I present you exclusively, before the press conference this morning, the list of participating riders for this 43rd edition of the Tour du Limousin which will take place from 17 till 20 August.

    A few surprises

    The past few days, the organisor of the Tour du Limousin had some last minute surprises with especially the participation of a 18th team, Landbouwkrediet (Belgium) which has done a lot of forcing to be able to participate in the 4-day stage race. But there was also some bad news with the Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank) not participating, according to his team for personal reasons, while he he was seen as the potential winner of the individual time trial in Saint-Amand-Montrond. But also with Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) not participating because he'll finally start in the Eneco Tour ...

    This didn't however really bother Tour du Limousin Organisation and that's not really surprising when you have a look at the list of participants which includes names like Fränk Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) who makes his comeback after his crash in the Tour de France 2010, Luis Léon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne), Oscar Pereiro (Astana) who didn't participate in the Tour, the former Irish champion irlandais Nicolas Roche who finished 15th in the Tour de France 2010 and Christophe Riblon (AG2R La Mondiale), the yellow jersey for a few days in the Tour de France 2010, Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step), Pierrick Fédrigo, winner of the Bagnères-de-Luchon > Pau stage and twice winner of the Tour du Limousin and Anthony Charteau (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) who finished the Tour de France 2010 leading the king of the mountain classification and Sandy Casar (FDJ).

    Among the riders who will start in the 43rd edition of the Tour du Limousin we find 4 stage winners of the last Tour de France: Sandy Casar for FDJ, Sylvain Chavanel for the Belgian Quick Step team, Pierrick Fédrigo for Bbox Bouygues Telecom and finally Christophe Riblon for AG2R La Mondiale.

    We also find a nice collection of national champions:
    - Luis Léon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) for Spain (time trial)
    - Jussi Veikkanen (FDJ) for Finland
    - Nicolas Vogondy (Bbox Bouygues Telecom) for France (time trial; the national road champion, Thomas Voeckler, will not start in the 43rd Tour du Limousin)
    - Fränk Schleck (Team Saxo Bank) for Luxembourg
    - Gustav Larsson (Team Saxo Bank) for Sweden (time trial)

    The numbers of the 2010 Tour du Limousin

    18 teams will come to the start with each 8 riders, which makes a total of 144 riders.

    The 18 teams are divided in 9 UCI ProTour teams, 6 Continental Pro teams and 3 Continental teams.

    The 144 riders represent 21 nationalities from 4 continents (Europe, Asia, Oceania, America). France is the best represented country with 65 riders, followed by The Netherlands and Belgium with respectively 12 and 11 riders. Spain will be represented by 9 riders, Italy by 8 and Kazakhstan by 6. Denmark and Russia will both send 5 riders while Australia and Great-Britain will both be represented by 3 riders. 5 countries will be represented by 2 riders (Colombia, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg and Sweden) while Germany, Austria, Byelorussia, Estonia, Japan and Ukraine will all send one rider.

    For more information:
    - about the participating riders in the 2010 Tour du Limousin, check out the Tour du Limousin's press release
    - about the 2010 Tour du Limousin: follow the whole Tour live on www.tourdulimousin.com; with my two colleagues I'll try to allow you to follow everything (almost) live with photos, videos and articles!

    The selections of the 18 teams with their numbers

    Caisse d'Epargne

    Mathieu Perget1/ Mathieu Perget
    2/ Arnaud Coyot
    3/ Arnold Jeannesson
    4/ Christophe Moreau
    5/ José Joaquin Rojas
    6/ Luis Léon Sanchez Juan José Cobo
    7/ Xabier Zandio Francisco Perez Sanchez
    8/ Rigoberto Uran

    AG2R La Mondiale

    José Luis Arrieta11/ José Luis Arrieta
    12/ Guillaume Bonnafond
    13/ Dimitri Champion Cyril Dessel
    14/ Sébastien Hinault Blel Kadri
    15/ David Lelay Anthony Ravard
    16/ Julien Loubet
    17/ Christophe Riblon Nicolas Rousseau
    18/ Nicolas Roche William Clarke

    Rabobank

    Laurens Ten Dam21/ Mauricio Ardila
    22/ Steven Kruijswijk
    23/ Sebastian Langeveld
    24/ Dennis van Winden
    25/ Grischa Niermann
    26/ Laurens ten Dam
    27/ Dmitry Kozontchuk
    28/ Tom Stamsnijder

    FDJ

    Sandy Casar31/ Sandy Casar
    32/ Sébastien Chavanel
    33/ Arnaud Gérard
    34/ Francis Mourey
    35/ Yoann Offredo Anthony Roux
    36/ Benoît Vaugrenard
    37/ Jussi Veikkanen
    38/ Arthur Vichot

    Team Sky

    41/ Kjell Carlström
    42/ Dario Cioni
    43/ Russell Downing
    44/ Christopher Froome
    45/ Simon Gerrans
    46/ Thomas Löfkvist
    47/ Serge Pauwels
    48/ Morris Possoni

    Team Saxo Bank

    51/ Anders Lund
    52/ André Steensen
    53/ Chris Anker Sørensen
    54/ Michael Mørkov
    55/ Gustav Larsson
    56/ Fränk Schleck Baden Cooke
    57/ Laurent Didier
    58/ Stuart O'Grady

    Astana

    61/ Assan Bazayev
    61/ Dmitriy Fofonov
    63/ Maxim Gourov
    62/ Josep Jufré
    63/ Oscar Pereiro
    64/ Andrey Zeits
    65/ Sergey Renev
    66/ Alexsandr Dyachenko
    67/ Gorazd Stangelj
    68/ Roman Kireyev

    Team Katusha

    (numbers to be confirmed)
    71/ Marco Bandiera Alexandre Botcharov
    72/ Laszlo Bodrogi
    73/ Nikita Eskov
    73/ Gianpaolo Caruso
    74/ Mikhaylo Khalilov
    75/ Serguei Klimov
    76/ Luca Mazzanti
    77/ Evgeny Petrov
    78/ Egor Silin

    Quick Step

    81/ Sylvain Chavanel
    82/ Addy Engels
    83/ Andrei Kunitski
    84/ Jérôme Pineau
    85/ Francesco Reda Marco Velo
    86/ Kevin Seeldraeyers
    87/ Matteo Tosatto
    88/ Kevin de Weert

    Bbox Bouygues Telecom

    91/ Yukiya Arashiro
    92/ Anthony Charteau Guillaume Le Floch
    93/ Mathieu Claude Yury Trofimov
    94/ Pierrick Fédrigo
    95/ Pierre Rolland
    96/ Matthieu Sprick
    97/ Sébastien Turgot
    98/ Nicolas Vogondy

    Cofidis, le crédit en ligne

    101/ Stéphane Augé
    102/ Samuel Dumoulin
    103/ Leonardo Duqué
    104/ Julien El Fares
    105/ Nico Sijmens
    106/ Rein Taaramae
    107/ Romain Zingle
    108/ Nicolas Edet

    Cervélo TestTeam

    111/ Davide Appollonio
    112/ Theo Bos
    113/ Philip Deignan
    114/ Stefan Denifl
    115/ Xavier Florencio
    116/ Roger Hammond
    117/ Brett Lancaster
    118/ Oscar Pujol Munoz

    Saur-Sojasun

    121/ Cyril Bessy
    122/ Cédric Coutouly
    123/ Anthony Delaplace
    124/ Jérémie Galland
    125/ Fabrice Jeandesboz
    126/ Christophe Laborie
    127/ Laurent Mangel
    128/ Paul Poux

    Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team

    131/ Matteo Carrara
    132/ Romain Feillu
    133/ Johnny Hoogerland
    134/ Pim Ligthart
    135/ Martin Mortensen
    136/ Wout Poels
    137/ Stéphane Rossetto
    138/ Rob Ruijgh

    Bretagne-Schuller

    141/ Florian Vachon
    142/ Eduardo Gonzalo
    143/ Jean-Marc Bideau
    144/ Florian Guillou
    145/ Jean-Luc Delpech
    146/ Lilian Jégou
    147/ Laurent Pichon
    148/ Sébastien Duret

    Big Mat-Auber 93

    151/ Nadir Haddou
    152/ Dimitri Le Boulch Niels Brouzes
    153/ Romain Lemarchand
    154/ Julien Mazet Guillaume Faucon
    155/ Maxime Méderel
    156/ Johan Mombaerts
    157/ Florian Morizot
    158/ Jonathan Thiré

    Roubaix-Lille-Métropole

    161/ Jocelyn Bar Cédric Pineau
    162/ Matthieu Boulo Steven Tronet
    163/ Benoît Daeninck
    164/ Renaud Dion
    165/ Morgan Kneisky
    166/ Alexandre Lemair
    167/ Arnaud Molmy
    168/ Clément Lhotellerie

    Landbouwkrediet

    171/ Bert Scheirlinckx
    172/ Grégory Barteau
    173/ Davy Commeyne
    174/ Sébastien Delfosse
    175/ Benjamin Gourgue
    176/ Geert Verheyen
    177/ Dirk Bellemakers
    178/ Bart Dockx

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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