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Skil-Shimano announces Tour line-up

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Albert Timmer

Albert Timmer (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Fumi Beppu

Fumi Beppu (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Kenny Van Hummel

Kenny Van Hummel (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Koen de Kort

Koen de Kort (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Dutch riders De Kort, Rooijakkers and Timmer.

Dutch riders De Kort, Rooijakkers and Timmer. (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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The Skil-Shimano Tour de France team

The Skil-Shimano Tour de France team (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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Team director Rudie Kemna

Team director Rudie Kemna (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)
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The Skil-Shimano team's four Dutch riders: Koen de Kort, Piet Rooijakkers, Albert Timmer and Kenny Van Hummel.

The Skil-Shimano team's four Dutch riders: Koen de Kort, Piet Rooijakkers, Albert Timmer and Kenny Van Hummel. (Image credit: Bert Geerts/dcp-bertgeerts@xs4all.nl)

Skil-Shimano will make its Tour de France debut on Saturday after announcing its final Tour roster. The squad will have an international feel, with four nationalities represented.

The Dutch Professional Continental team will feature three Frenchmen: climber Thierry Hupond, time trial specialist Cyril Lemoine and Jonathan Hivert. They will be supported by Dutch riders Kurt de Koen, Piet Rooijakkers, Albert Timmer and Kenny Van Hummel, who on Sunday finished second in the Dutch national road race.

German youngster Simon Geschke and Fumiyuki Beppu of Japan round out the squad. Beppu will be aiming to become one of the first Japanese riders to complete the Tour de France.

Manager Iwan Spekenbrink said that Rudie Kemna and Merjin Zeemin would serve as Directeurs Sportif at the Tour.