T-Mobile ready for Dauphiné

The Dauphiné Libéré (June 5-12) is generally known as the dress rehearsal for the Tour de France, and has thus been earmarked by the T-Mobile team as an important race. Team manager Mario Kummer sees the tour as an opportunity to fine-tune his riders for the Grand Boucle: "The tour is very demanding, it even partly runs over Tour de France terrain. At the end we will be able to tell where we are at."

Most of the team's Tour candidates will be racing the Dauphiné, including Alexander Vinokourov, Andreas Klöden, Oscar Sevilla and Paco Lara. "They need the competition load in order to be in top shape in July," said Kummer, who believes Paco Lara has a good chance. "I hope he could save the form he had at the Tour of Catalonia. I think he might be able to pull something off." Torsten Hiekmann, Christian Werner, Bernhard Kohl and Sergey Yakovlev will complete the line up.

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