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Astana's Tour de France pre-selection announced

By:
Daniel Simms
Published:
June 19, 2009, 8:55 BST,
Updated:
June 19, 2009, 10:02 BST
Edition:
Latest Edition Cycling News, Friday, June 19, 2009
Astana Team Manager Johan Bruyneel said Contador would remain in the squad

Astana Team Manager Johan Bruyneel said Contador would remain in the squad

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Six riders confirmed, three still uncertain

On Friday, the Astana Cycling Team announced a list of 13 riders from which the nine final riders will be selected to contest the 2009 Tour de France, beginning July 4 in Monaco. "The complete 2009 Tour roster will be chosen based on the strongest team from both sports and team-spirit criteria," said team manager Johan Bruyneel.

The following six riders are certain to be on the final roster, including, of course, seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and three-time Grand Tour winner Alberto Contador. Joining them will be Andreas Klöden, Levi Leipheimer, Yaroslav Popovych and Haimar Zubeldia.

Of the remaining seven riders on the pre-selection list, three will make the final cut. These riders are: Jani Brajkovic, Chris Horner, Benjamín Noval, Dmitriy Muravyev, Sergio Paulinho, Gregory Rast and Tomas Vaitkus.

The final squad roster is expected to be announced soon.
 

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