French ProTour team Cofidis has announced its roster for the upcoming Tour de France. To help the squad's most prominent climber, David Moncoutié - who just won a stage in the Dauphiné Libéré - the team's manager Eric Boyer decided to send several riders with good climbing skills. Together with Moncoutié, who has the Tour's polka dot jersey in mind, Amaël Moinard, Rémi Pauriol and Christophe Kern will be the team's mountain goats at the race.
For the flat stages, Cofidis will count on breakaway specialist Stéphane Augé, 2008 Tour de France stage winner Samuel Dumoulin as well as Colombian sprinter Leonardo Duque. Frenchman Sébastien Minard and Spaniard Bingen Fernandez will also add to the team.
In case one of these riders should miss out on the Tour's Grand Départ in Monaco on July 4, Boyer appointed three reserve riders, in alphabetical order: Jean-Eudes Demaret, Hervé Duclos-Lassalle and Julien El Farès.
The full Cofidis roster for the Tour de France is as follows:
Stéphane Augé, Samuel Dumoulin, Leonardo Duque, Bingen Fernandez, Christophe Kern, Sébastien Minard, Amaël Moinard, David Moncoutié and Rémi Pauriol.