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Deignan shortlisted to ride Tour de France

Posted 10 June 2010

Philip Deignan is on course to ride his first Tour de France having been named today on the Cervelo Test Team’s preliminary list for the race which starts in Rotterdam on Saturday, July 3rd.

Deignan is one of twelve riders shortlisted by the Cervelo Test Team for their Tour roster and his performance in next week’s Tour de Suisse will decide whether or not he makes the final selection of nine riders.

The news is a huge boost for the Donegal rider who proved his ability as a Grand Tour rider when he won a stage in last year’s Vuelta á Espana on his way to finishing 9th overall.

He has been preparing for the Tour de Suisse at his Spanish base in Girona after illness forced him to reschedule his plans to tune up for the Tour de France at this week’s Criterium du Dauphine.

The Tour de France team will be led by 2008 race winner Carlos Sastre providing he recovers from a herniated disc in his spine which he sustained after a crash in last month’s Giro d’Italia. The Spaniard will make a final decision in collaboration with team doctors in the coming weeks.

The preliminary start list also includes last year’s green jersey winner Thor Hushovd and stage winner Heinrich Haussler who will join Deignan at the Tour of Suisse as they battle back from respective knee and collarbone injuries.

Also named on the shortlist are Xavier Florencio, Volodimir Gustov, Jeremy Hunt, Andreas Klier, Ignatas Konovalovas, Daniel Lloyd, Brett Lancaster and Xavier Tondo.

“We have a good mix of riders in this team and we will have several options. The recovery of some riders will decide our final selection. To race the Tour de France everyone needs to be 100 per cent fit,” Cervelo Test Team General Manager, Joop Alberda told Irish Pro Cycling.

Deignan returned to Girona last weekend to train in the high mountains having overcome the serious bout of food poisoning which forced him out of the Tour of California.
The 26 year old will fancy his chances of making the final cut for the Tour given his talent as a climber and the fact that more than half of the places on the shortlist are filled by riders whose specialist skills lie elsewhere.

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