Friday, July 4, 2008

Strong CSC team holds three cards for yellow in Paris

The CSC – Saxo Bank team is one of the strongest teams lining up for this year's Tour de France. At the pre-race press conference in Brest, manager Bjarne Riis expressed his confidence that the team has what it takes to go for the overall victory. "We'll be around the next three weeks. We'll be up there in the general classification and also in some stages. We prepared the way we wanted and I think internally we know how to handle every race situation.

"We have a very homogeneous and strong team, one of the strongest in the Tour de France, no doubt," Riis said. "Our leader is Carlos Sastre, but we also have Fränk and Andy Schleck who are also in very good condition," Riis named his three protected riders. "Sastre has never been a chrono-man, so don't expect him in the top three in the time trials. But he has worked hard during the last two months and he's ready," Riis said.

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