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89th Tour de France - Grand Tour
France, July 6-28, 2002
Tour de France news for June 12, 2002
Edited by Jeff Jones
Lotto-Adecco-ABX preliminary Tour de France team
The nine riders who will form the Lotto-Adecco-ABX team for the Tour de France have been selected on a provisional basis. The team is a balanced one, with Robbie McEwen in as the team's main sprinter, Kurt Van De Wouwer as as the main GC rider, and Rik Verbrugghe is a potential stage winner. Verbrugghe recently finished 9th in the Giro d'Italia, after battling sickness in the early stages and a knee injury in the final week, while McEwen won two stages and retired after stage 10.
The rest of the Lotto-Adecco-ABX team is as follows: Mario Aerts, Serge Baguet (stage winner last year), Christophe Brandt, Hans De Clercq, Guennadi Mikhailov, Kurt Van De Wouwer, and Aart Vierhouten. The reserves are Glenn D'Hollander, Thierry Marichal, Kurt Van Lancker, Ief Verbrugghe and Stefan Van Dijk.