Shorts: More Tour de France teams

Four more teams have announced their final line-ups for the Tour de France - Saunier Duval have a th

Four more teams have announced their final line-ups for the Tour de France - Saunier Duval have a th


Final line-ups for the Tour de France, which starts in Strasbourg a week on Saturday, are coming thick and fast. Here are the latest four:

Saunier Duval go in with a three-pronged attack comprising David Millar, Gilberto Simoni and Jos µngel Gomez Marchante, with support coming from David Ca¤ada, Ruben Lobato, Francisco Ventoso, Riccardo Ricc, David De La Fuente and Christophe Rinero.

Liquigas have a stronger line-up than in previous years as Stefano Garzelli is joined by Danilo Di Luca, who is targeting the King of the Mountains jersey, and sprinter Magnus Backstedt. They are joined by Luca Paolini, Michael Albasini, Patrick Calcagni, Kjell Carlstrm, Matej Mugerli and Manuel Quinziato. Their goal is a stage win at the very least.

Lampre have created a stir in Italy by selecting Damiano Cunego for his Tour debut, and the 24 year old is joined by Alessandro Ballan and sprinter Daniele Bennati as their main hopes. They are supported by new Italian time trial champion Marzio Bruseghin, Salvatore Commesso (who is waiting on medical clearance after the accident during training), Daniele Righi, Paolo Tiralongo, Tadej Valjavec and Spain's Patxi Vila Errandonea. Their reserves are Claudio Corioni and Matteo Carrara.

Press stories last week that Oscar Sevilla would not be selected for T-Mobile's line-up have proved wrong as the Spaniard has made the cut to be one of Jan Ullrich's support riders after winning the Tour of Asturias earlier this week. Sevilla and the rest of the riders had to sign a statement saying they had no link with the suspected blood doping ring unveiled by the Spanish police's Operacion Puerto last month. The T-Mobile team is completed by Andreas Klden, Patrik Sinkewitz, Matthias Kessler, Giuseppe Guerini, Eddy Mazzoleni, Serhiy Honchar and Michael Rogers.

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