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Liberty Seguros have taken 11 riders to a pre-Tour training camp in Cantabria, where they will stay until this coming Friday. The 11 are Ren Andrle, Joseba Beloki, Alberto Contador, Allan Davis, Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano, Roberto Heras, Jrg Jaksche, Luis Leon Sanchez, Marcos Serrano, Angel Vicioso and Jan Hruska.
CSC have announced eight of their nine Tour riders. They are Ivan Basso, Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Bobby Julich, Giovanni Lombardi, Carlos Sastre, Nicki Sorensen, Jens Voigt and David Zabriskie. The last spot will go to either Jakob Piil or Luke Roberts.
Gerolsteiner have confirmed their final nine-rider selection for the Tour: Levi Leipheimer, Georg Totschnig, Michael Rich, Sebastian Lang, Fabian Wegmann, Robert Frster, Ronny Scholz, Beat Zberg and Peter Wrolich.
- Damiano Cunego has abandoned plans to take part in this weekend's Italian road championship in order to allow himself more time to recover from glandular fever. The announcement makes it extremely likely that Cunego will not now make his Tour debut next month.
- Recycling.co.uk are set for a busy week with two national championships to contest in the space five days in Yorkshire, UK. First off is the National Circuit Race Championship in Otley on Wednesday night, followed on Sunday by the National Road Race Championships near Helmsley. A team of eight riders will contest both races, with Dean Downing the only rider absent after his nasty fall in the US. Brother Russell Downing will be looking to regain the National Circuit Race title that he won in 2003, and is a previous winner of the annual Otley event. Team-mate Chris Newton also won the West Yorkshire race in 2003 and 2001.
Other team members in form are Rob Sharman, a winner of the Five Valleys Premier Calendar race last week, and Evan Oliphant, winner of the East Yorkshire Classic Premier Calendar Race this weekend, and with two other World Champions in the team in Paul Manning and Rob Hayles, and team mates Ben Greenwood and Shaun Snodden in support, it will be one of the strongest line-ups in both events.
Wednesday's race starts at 8.20pm in Otley town centre and is expected to finish at 9.25pm, with Sunday's 206km National Road Race Championship starting and finishing in Duncombe Park near Helmsley, with the riders setting off at 9.30am and finishing at around 3.25pm.
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