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Cannondale Tour de France team devoted to Sagan

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Cycling News
Published:
June 19, 2013, 08:55,
Updated:
June 19, 2013, 10:14
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Race:
Tour de France
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won stage 3 at the Tour de Suisse from a four-rider break.

Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won stage 3 at the Tour de Suisse from a four-rider break.

  • Peter Sagan (Cannondale) won stage 3 at the Tour de Suisse from a four-rider break.
  • Moreno Moser (Cannondale) during Stage 3 of the Tour de Suisse
  • Team Cannondale time trials

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Grand Tour debut for Moreno Moser

Cannondale has built its Tour de France team around Peter Sagan, who is aiming for a second successive green jersey, while 22-year-old Moreno Moser is set to make his Grand Tour debut.

Sagan claimed three stage wins and the points classification at last year’s Tour, when the team was devoted largely to the podium challenge of Vincenzo Nibali. Following Nibali’s departure to Astana, and with Ivan Basso still recovering from the perineal cyst that ruled him out of the Giro d’Italia, Cannondale has selected a team designed to fully support Sagan. The 100th edition of the Tour gets underway in Corsica on June 29 with a testing road race stage to Bastia that could see Sagan take the first yellow jersey of the race.

Sagan will be supported by Ted King, Alessandro De Marchi, Alan Marangoni, Fabio Sabatini, Kristijan Koren, Maciej Bodnar and Brian Vandborg, as well as Moser. De Marchi recently scored his first professional win with an impressive stage victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

King is making his first appearance in the Tour de France and is one of four Grande Boucle debutants in the team alongside Moser, De Marchi and Marangoni.

“This team is the ideal one to target our goals at the Tour,” directeur sportif Stefano Zanatta said. “A talented rider such as Sagan deserves to be supported in the best way. He has prepared this event with great commitment and accuracy. His wish to win the green jersey is our wish. Being competitive in the stages suited to us is another of our aims.”

In Basso’s absence, the team had similar ambitions at the Giro d’Italia but was unable to land a stage victory. However the firepower of Sagan and Moser presents Cannondale with a range of options at the Tour.

An impressive winner of Strade Bianche in March, Moser lines up among the favourites for Saturday’s Italian national championships on home roads in Trentino, but Zanatta was reluctant to fix any specific targets for the youngster in his Tour debut.

“Moser has the right characteristics to leave his mark. We’re really confident in his quality and we just ask him to do his best,” he said. “His growth will be our third target at this Tour de France.”

Cannondale team for the Tour de France: Peter Sagan (Svk), Maciej Bodnar (Pol), Kristijan Koren (Slo), Alessandro De Marchi (Ita), Alan Marangoni (Ita), Fabio Sabatini (Ita), Moreno Moser (Ita), Ted King (USA) and Brian Vandborg (Den).

 

 

 

Ser Gio OleJet More than 1 year ago
Can Sagan beat Zabel's record of 7 green jerseys? His ability to take points on hard stage can prove to the decisive factor.
Rob Farrington More than 1 year ago
If one person dominates the flat sprints then they will win the Green, even if Sagan can pick up points on the tougher stages.
peter16x More than 1 year ago
will be very interesting TdF this year...
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Everyone is going to want that stage one win for yellow, going to be fireworks!
chainstay9 More than 1 year ago
There are seven sprint stages that could be contested by a bunch. Sagan will have Cav and others for competition here. There are 4 stages that are classics or med mountains where Sagan will have an advantage over Cav. The rest of the stages are TT or high mountains. I am picking Cav for Green because I don't think Sagan is as fast in a sprint nor does he have the lead out capablility of Cav and Griepel. Kittel and Goss can also beat him more often than not.
Brett Wolfe More than 1 year ago
The one thing Sagan is way better at than Cavendish (and I love the Manx Missile) is the intermediate sprints. Sagan is far more willing to chase those extra points than Cav usually is. 90% of Cav's points come from his wins, very little from anything else. For this reason I think Sagan has a good chance to take the green 2 years in a row. Hope I'm wrong but I won't be too disappointed if I am right. :)
Lord.Bachus More than 1 year ago
I dont think Sagan can beat Cavendish and Co in the mass sprints...
avantage More than 1 year ago
Thankfully the green jersey is a bit more than winning mass sprints. I wish them well!
Brett Wolfe More than 1 year ago
Saddle sore == perineal cyst?