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Sørensens and Vandborg up for Saxo Bank Tour de France squad

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 13, 2011, 07:46,
Updated:
June 13, 2011, 10:03
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, June 13, 2011
Race:
Tour de France
Chris Anker Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard)

Chris Anker Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard)

  • Chris Anker Sörensen (Saxo Bank Sungard)
  • Stage winner Nicki Sörensen (Team Saxo Bank) on the podium.
  • Last minute checks for Brian Vandborg (Saxo Bank Sungard)

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Three Danes in the running to support Contador

Three Danish riders at the Saxo Bank-SunGard team are still in the running for places in the Tour de France squad that will help Alberto Contador defend his title at the Tour de France.  Brian Vandborg, Chris Anker Sørensen and Nicki Sørensen all are candidates to make the nine-rider Tour squad that will be built aruond Contador.

Both Sørensens performed well in the Criterium du Dauphine last week.  “Chris, Nicki and Brian have all proven to be both physically and mentally ready to ride the Tour de France,” Sports Director Bradley McGee told Ritzau.

Vandborg, 30, rode for CSC from 2004 to 2006.  He rode the Tour de France with Liquigas in 2009 and 2010, and also finished the Dauphine.

“Everyone has a chance, and Brian has really impressed us this year. He has come back on the team and has appeared in good form at the right time. Both he and we were disappointed after Paris-Nice, but he now shows that he is really strong," said McGee.

The final Saxo Bank-SunGard line-up for the Tour de France is expected to be announced before the Danish national championships on June 26.

“The decision will be made based on which strategy we choose and what kind of riders we need. As I've said to Brian, he has proven that he is where he should be and from now on it is out of his hands, whether he comes or not," said McGee.