D-Tour: Davis closes in on Tour spot

Young Aussie Allan Davis has been one of the Liberty Seguros team's key riders all season, and he is

Young Aussie Allan Davis has been one of the Liberty Seguros team's key riders all season, and he is
Liberty Seguros sprinter Allan Davis' victory on the fifth stage of the Deutschland Tour on Friday was his third win of the season. Winning against the crowd favourite, Erik Zabel, he hopes that it shows that he's worthy of a place in his Spanish team's nine-man squad for the Tour de France. "But at the moment I have to concentrate on the Tour of Germany, and on next week when I ride the Tour of Catalunya," Davis told procycling ahead of Saturday's penultimate stage of the week-long 'D-Tour'. "I've got a stage win and a couple of second places here, and hopefully I'll come up with some more good results at Catalunya, and then we'll see what happens after that." If team boss Manolo Saiz does decide to give Davis a Tour spot, he'll be up against the sport's best sprinters: Zabel, Mario Cipollini, Alessandro Petacchi, Robbie McEwen and last year's green jersey winner Baden Cooke. Having already shown at the D-Tour and at the Tour of Majorca, where he won two stages earlier this season, that he can beat Zabel, Davis would love to test himself against such illustrious names. "Remember, though, that I'm still inexperienced. I have never ridden a race as big as the Tour, and so don't know what it's really like. It would be a great experience and a dream come true if I do get to ride it, but not the end of the world if I don't this year," the 23-year-old Australian smiled. "But I'll certainly be giving getting selected a shot."
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