CSC Tour roster -- Vande Velde takes Cancellara's spot

CSC's Tour de France roster surprised some people with the omission of 2004 prologue winner Fabian Cancellara in favor of Christian Vande Velde. To those that were surprised, I point to the results of the Tour de Suisse. Not only did Vande Velde have a strong sixth-place showing in the overall, he beat Cancellara in the final time trial riding in the windy thunderstorms whereas Cancellara had nice dry streets. Riis' VeloNews interview says that Vande Velde's inclusion was a last-minute decision, and looking at those Tour de Suisse results it's easy to see how Vande Velde won Riis over.

If you're an American, it's hard not to be swayed to cheer for CSC's American-laden roster:

  • Ivan Basso
  • Jens Voigt
  • Bobby Julich
  • David Zabriskie
  • Christian Vande Velde
  • Carlos Sastre
  • Fränk Schleck
  • Giovanni Lombardi
  • Stuart O'Grady

I'm looking forward to watching CSC trying to build up a big enough lead to hold off Ullrich in the final time trial.

On a related Tour de Suisse note, Ullrich's time trial performance was ridiculous given those conditions. Combined with his impressive Giro time trial performance, Ullrich will be scary indeed if he manages to hold close in the mountains.

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