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89th Tour de France - Grand Tour

France, July 6-28, 2002

Tour de France news for July 2, 2002

Edited by Jeff Jones

More Tour teams decided

The composition of the teams for the Tour de France has now all but been decided, with just a few days before the medical testing takes place in Luxembourg. The following have been confirmed today, after the national championships.

FDJeux.com: Sandy Casar, Jimmy Casper, Baden Cooke, Jacky Durand, Frédéric Guesdon, Bradley McGee, Christophe Mengin, Jean-Cyril Robin, Nicolas Vogondy (French Champion)

Euskaltel-Euskadi: David Etxebarria, Haimar Zubeldia, Roberto Laiseka, Iban Mayo, Unai Etxebarria, Samuel Sánchez, Gorka Gonzalez, Gorka Arrizabalaga, Igor Flores.

Fassa Bortolo: Fabio Baldato, Ivan Basso, Wladimir Belli, Volodimir Gustov, Serguei Gontchar, Serguei Ivanov, Nicola Loda, Oscar Pozzi, Marco Velo

Cofidis: David Millar, Daniel Atienza, Inigo Cuesta, Bingen Fernandez, Andrei Kivilev, Massimiliano Lelli, Nico Mattan, David Moncoutié, Cédric Vasseur. Reserves: Dimitri Fofonov, Claude Lamour

For more Tour teams, please check our start list, which is regularly updated.

De Waele in for Mapei as Cañada forced out of the Tour

Fabien De Waele has been given a last minute reprieve to start in Mapei's Tour de France team, due to the unfortunate crash of David Cañada in yesterday's Spanish championships. Cañada dislocated his left shoulder in the fall, and will undergo special tests to confirm the diagnosis.

De Waele was disappointed at not being selected initially, but gave his all in the Belgian championships to help his friend Tom Steels take a remarkable victory. After the race he commented that "In the Belgian championships I have shown what I am worth to a sprinter. Maybe Tom can still do something for me to get a start in the Tour."

Kurt Van de Wouwer out of Lotto's Tour team

Kurt Van de Wouwer has dropped from the Lotto-Adecco Tour team and has been replaced by Thierry Marichal according to Belgian teletekst. Team management announced this the day after the national titles, and Van de Wouwer was understandably disappointed. "With the Giro and the Dauphiné Libéré in my legs I thought to be able to ride a good Tour. Therefore this is a slap in my face. I was convinced that many inside the team supported me, but now they don't dare to open their mouths any more," he said.

The team is now: Robbie McEwen, Thierry Marichal, Christophe Brandt, Guennadi Mikhailov, Mario Aerts, Aart Vierhouten, Serge Baguet, Hans De Clercq and Rik Verbrugghe.

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