Team HTC-Columbia Targets Both Green Sprinter Jersey and Overall Win in 2010 Tour de France
Team HTC-Columbia will focus on winning the Green Jersey and contending in the General Classification at the 2010 Tour de France.
Team HTC-Columbia will focus on winning the Green Jersey and contending in the General Classification at the 2010 Tour de France and, according to team representatives, has selected a team that can support both goals.
The nine riders selected for the Team HTC-Columbia Tour de France 2010 roster are Mark Cavendish, Michael Rogers, Bernhard Eisel, Bert Grabsch, Adam Hansen, Tony Martin, Maxime Monfort, Mark Renshaw, and Kanstantsin Sivtsov.
"Selecting the team was very hard for us again this year," Team Manager Rolf Aldag stated and added "It was hard enough selecting a long list of 15, but to bring it down to only nine riders involved some very difficult decisions. In the end we have to leave at home several riders who also deserve a chance to ride the Tour."
"Our decisions were based on two goals," Aldag further added. "First, we wanted a strong team to support Mark Cavendish and winning the Green jersey. To win, we need to concentrate all points with one sprinter. As a result we have not included André Greipel in the roster. Mark won six stages of the Tour de France last year and we have faith that he will be highly successful in the 2010 Tour."
"Renshaw, Eisel, Grabsch and Hansen will be the main support for the sprint stages with of course the other riders also playing a part in the lead out train as well."
"Second, we wanted to field a team who can focus on the overall. Rogers has had the best season of his career to date and is very focused on contending in the general classification. Tony Martin comes off a very successful Tour de Suisse where he held the yellow jersey for the first part of the race and won the closing time trial, making him the first person to beat Fabian Cancellara in a time trial in three years."
"They will be supported by Maxime Monfort, who showed excellent form at Tour de Suisse, Adam Hansen, who won the Ster Elektro stage race last weekend and Kanstantsin Sivtsov who is a tireless worker on both flat and mountainous terrain."
"We are going into the race focused on our combined strength as a team and will exploit every chance for success- stage wins, jerseys and outstanding performances," Team Owner Bob Stapleton commented.