This is perhaps the most powerful T-Mobile Tour squad ever assembled. A quiet year for the pink train so far means that the focus is clearly 100% on the Tour. The problem is the ‘too many chiefs and not enough indians’ scenario may come into play. I worry about Jan’s chances with this much firepower – all are capable of a top twenty finish, so who’s going to go back to the team car for bottles? However if it comes together, CSC will have a hard job containing them. If Jan’s wheels fall off though look out for Patrick Sinkewitz, he’s a rising star and a phenominal talent.
RCUK rating? Jan will win all the TTs by miles. Sevilla will kick start his career. They may, however, be out numbered and out smarted by CSC in the mountains.
Saunier Duval Prodir
A good team and an organised backing for Gilberto Simoni. He won’t win the Tour but he’ll be in the top ten and possibly in a position to go for stage wins on the hardest days. There are good climbers here and anyone of a number of the riders could win a stage. True to their word David Millar gets a return and this should be interesting, with no racing in his legs it’ll be a baptism of fire. He is, apparently, on good form so if he wins the prologue it will be big news…
RCUK rating? Millar may well impress, but stage wins is all they can really hope for… will they be wearing their usual yellow strip though?
David De La Fuente
José Ángel Gómez Marchante