T-Mobile is taking a mixed squad of only seven riders to the Dauphiné Libéré, without great expectations. The team's main hopes will rest on Bert Grabsch, who recently finished second in the Bayern Rundfahrt, and on sprinter Andre Greipel, who will have his chance in the first stages. After that the race heads up in to the mountains.
T-Mobile for Dauphiné Libéré: Scott Davis, Bert Grabsch, Andre Greipel, Servais Knaven, Andre Korff, Frantisek Rabon, and Stephan Schreck
The eighth rider on the team was to have been Serguei Gonchar, who was withdrawn from racing by the team when his blood values came back as questionable. The 30-day period expires on Saturday, but the Ukrainian is still being held out. "We still don't have any definite results from Gonchar's blood tests, so he will not ride any races for us for the time being," team spokesman Stefan Wagner told the sid news agency. Earlier this week, team manager Bob Stapleton questioned the 36-year-old's future with the team.