Discovery Channel Team Report
Discovery Channel pro cycling team competing at inaugural Amgen Tour of California.
The Discovery Channel Team has assembled a top-tier roster of riders to compete at the inaugural Amgen Tour of
Michael Barry (Canada) ? Stage winner, Tour of Austria
Janez Brajkovic (Slovenia) ? 2004 under-23 World Champion
Tom Danielson (Durango, CO) ? 2005 Tour of Georgia champion
Viatcheslav Ekimov (Russia) ? 14-time Tour de France finisher
Vladimir Gusev (Russia) ? Russian Time Trial Champion
George Hincapie (Greenville, SC) ? 2005 Tour de France stage winner
Paolo Savoldelli (Italy) ? 2005 Giro d?Italia champion
Jason McCartney (Coralville, Iowa) ? Third place 2005 San Francisco Grand Prix
The Discovery Channel Team enters the race as one of the two major favorites for the overall win, and although early in the season, this rare
?We are coming into the race with a few guys who have the fitness and capability to have a great race. The guys are feeling good after the Solvang camp but we know that some of the other teams like CSC, Gerolsteiner and Phonak have also had good training and want to win the race. The time trial and some specific climbs will likely decide the winner,? stated Sports Director Johan Bruyneel.
As the team heads into their first season in eight years without Lance Armstrong, motivation is high to prove that Team Discovery Channel can still be a dominant force in the peloton. Focus can now be placed on races throughout the world where many different team members can have success
Tom Danielson, racing in his second season with the Discovery Channel Team, looks to be one of the favorites for this race, along with teammate George Hincapie. Danielson, 2005 Tour de Georgia champion, is a rider with the motivation and ability to take a stage win as well as the overall victory. ?I had a great camp in Solvang last month and followed that up with 10 days of solid training in