Skil Shimano for 2009

Skil Shimano has presented its team for the 2009 season and has big hopes of a wild card at the Tour de France. The team has five French riders, and is racing 50 per cent of its programme in France. Such details can provide strong arguments to Tour de France organiser, ASO, when it comes to wildcard time, with five places up for grabs.

Skil has a tough battle against teams like Agritubel, Cervélo Testteam, Barloworld and LPR Brakes, but could be getting the precious fifth wild card. Skil was the first Pro Continental team that implemented a biological passport programme.

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