CSC is fielding a strong team for the second-to-last ProTour race of the season. The line-up has a lot to live up to after last years performance where Kurt-Asle Arvesen and Stuart O'Grady each took a podium spot but were passed by Frédéric Guesdon, who won the race.
With Stuart O'Grady on the injured-list, team CSC would probably prefer to open op the race a bit and try to make a decisive break, but if it turns out to be a sprinter's finish riders like Kurt-Asle Arvesen, Matti Breschel and Matthew Goss might be able to make something happen as well. And even Fabian Cancellara, who is reported to be in great shape at the moment.
"Fabian came out of Circuit Franco-Belge in brilliant shape and that was actually meant as preparation for Paris-Tours. But I think it's a very exciting line-up altogether. There are several potentials," says Scott Sunderland, who was sports director in Circuit Franco-Belge.
Besides Arvesen, Breschel, Goss and Cancellara Team CSC has chosen Lars Bak, Allan Johansen, Karsten Kroon and Marcus Ljungqvist for Paris Tours.