CSC name their Tour nine

There are no surprises among the names selected to support CSC team leader Ivan Basso at the Tour de

There are no surprises among the names selected to support CSC team leader Ivan Basso at the Tour de

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CSC's riders and management came to London on Monday morning to meet their sponsor and release the names of the nine riders who will represent them in next month's Tour de France. There were no real surprises among the eight names backing team leader Ivan Basso, although the English-speaking contingent has been expanded thanks to the inclusion of Stuart O'Grady and Christian Vande Velde.

CSC's nine Tour riders are: Ivan Basso, Carlos Sastre, Frank Schleck, Jens Voigt, Giovanni Lombardi, Stuart O'Grady, Bobby Julich, David Zabriskie and Christian Vande Velde.

"As so often before it has been a difficult task to select the remaining riders for this team, because we have so many who are in great shape and who have the motivation to do well in Tour de France. But it is a luxury for us to have this problem, and I'm proud our team has reached a point where we have so many strong riders at such a high level," said team boss Bjarne Riis.

"We are bringing a fantastic team to Tour de France this year. When you look at the names, you cannot help but notice that this is a team to be reckoned with - a team which has the foundation to be one of the dominating ones in the 2006 edition of the Tour. We go to France this year with one ambition: to win with Ivan Basso. After his victory in the Giro, and with the training he has done in the period since then, I have no doubt he is ready for this next big challenge. He has the class, the willpower and also the team behind him to be one of the favourites," added Riis.

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