After Fabian Jeker came within one second of winning last year's Tour de Suisse, Saunier Duval-Prodir, which has a Swiss co-sponsor, is hoping to finish on the top step of the podium this year. 36 year-old Jeker will be back again as team leader, and is in good form after finishing 6th overall in the Euskal Bizikleta.
Jeker's teammates include Tour de France stage winner Rubens Bertogliati, a strong rider who has his sights set on a stage win; Oliver Zaugg, a 24 year-old climber who recently rode part of the Giro d'Italia in preparation for the Tour de Suisse; Leonardo Piepoli, a top climber who should be able to support Jeker in the mountains as well as go for his own chances in a stage win; Juan Carlos Dominguez, another motor who will act as Saunier's co-leader for the GC; Chris Horner, third place getter in the USPRO Championships and coming back to form after breaking his leg earlier this year; Joaquim Rodriguez, another good supporting climber who rode well in the Giro and Euskal Bizikleta; and Manuele Mori, a young Italian rider who had a couple of top 10 stage placings in the recent Giro.
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