T-Mobile has announced its line-up for the Giro d'Italia, making a major change almost immediately afterwards. Ukranian time trial specialist Serhiy Honchar was removed from the roster shortly after the announcement.
Honchar, who wore the leader's pink jersey for two stages during the 2006 Giro, dropped out of the Tour de Romandie last week with a cold from which he has not yet recovered, the team said.
Without an obvious overall contender, the magenta boys will be concentrating on stage wins. "We don't just want to go along for the ride, if the chance is there to go for a stage win, we will take it," directeur sportif Valerio Piva told t-mobile-team.com.
It has not yet been decided whether Michael Barry or Jacob Piil will take Honchar's place on the team.
T-Mobile for the Giro d'Italia: Lorenzo Bernucci, Adam Hansen, Greg Henderson, Axel Merckx, Aaron Olson, Marco Pinotti, Frantisek Rabon, Thomas Ziegler, and either Jacob Piil or Michael Barry.