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CSC med i Tour de France

Onsdag d. 2. maj 2001

CSC World Online er - som Berlingske Tidende kunne afsløre forrige mandag - med i Tour de France, og Lars Jørgensen kan dermed bryste sig af at have haft årets hidtil største nyhed i vores branche.
Nyheden slap ud officielt i dag.

Cycling News skriver:

After weeks of speculation, the 2001 Tour De France race director Jean Marie Leblanc told the assembled media at the Maison du Nord this morning that the final four wildcard selections for the Tour this year would be actually be five, as he unexpectedly increased the number of teams in this year's Tour to 21.

The lucky final five are Lotto, Euskaltel-Euskadi and CSC World Online, with two French teams, Big Mat and La Francaise des Jeux making up a total of 21 teams to contest the 2001 Tour de France.

LeBlanc first announced Lotto, selected due to its fine early season form. The Belgian team was the only real favourite to gain selection. The next team he announced was the Spanish Euskaltel-Euskadi outfit, which features multiple Tour stage winner David Etxebarria. LeBlanc praised the team for its efforts in reaching Division 1 status this year (Div 2 last year) and it features some promising young riders for the mountains.