Three more teams have decided their line-ups for the Tour of Britain, August 30 to September 4, and organisers say one of them, CSC, is aiming for the overall victory.
"I strongly believe that we have the correct balance to make a serious impact on this year's race," said CSC team manager Bjarne Riis in a statement. "We have some great riders who will provide us with a whole host of talents."
Leading CSC's efforts in Britain will be one of the team's most experienced riders, and one of its most promising. Norwegian Kurt-Asle Arvesen and Australian Luke Roberts will bring a mix of toughness and sheer speed to the British race that starts in Glasgow at the end of this month.
Arvesen and Roberts will be supported by 2004 Danish national champion Michael Blaudzun, Allan Johansen and Thomas Bruun Eriksen.
Also announced are the line-ups for the T-Mobile and Bridgestone teams. T-Mobile will field Eric Baumann, Bas Gilling, Torsten Hiekmann, Bram Schmitz, Tobias Steinhauser, and Steffen Wesemann.
The Bridgestone team will travelling all the way from Japan for the Tour of Britain, with an all-Japanese line-up of Koji Fukushima, Shinichi Fukushima, Kazuo Inque, Shinri Suzuki, Yasutaka Tashiro, and Junya Sano.