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Tour de France News for May 27, 2004

Edited by Chris Henry

Riis takes notes

Team CSC director Bjarne Riis took a group of five riders to the Alps, along with directeur sportif Alain Gallopin, to join in the pre-Tour de France ritual of investigating key mountain stages. CSC's leaders for the Tour, Carlos Sastre, Ivan Basso, and Jörg Jaksche tested themselves on several climbs along with Andrea Peron and Nicki Sørensen. Peron and Sørensen have not yet been selected for CSC's Tour team, but Riis was still pleased with what he saw.

"Actually both Nicki and Peron did very well, and all the riders had some good training sessions in the mountains," Riis said on the team's website (team-csc.com). "We also got the chance to study the Alpe d'Huez stage along with two or three other important stages."

Throughout the next month, Riis plans to visit his teams at upcoming races such as the Tour of Germany, Dauphiné Libéré, and the Tour of Switzerland to refine his selection for the all important Tour roster. Bayern Rundfahrt winner Jens Voigt will lead CSC at the Tour of Germany, while Riis sees Bobby Julich as the man for the Switzerland and Sastre for the Dauphiné.

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