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Joaquín Rodríguez will make an overdue Tour de France debut while Filippo Pozzato will not race as Katusha revealed its Tour de France nine-man roster Friday.
Rodríguez has done well at both the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España, but never got a crack at the Tour, which was a large reason why he switched to the Russian-backed Katusha for 2010. Rodríguez enjoyed a breakout spring, winning the Volta a Catalunya, the GP Miguel Indurain, as well as coming third at the Vuelta al País Vasco and second at Flèche Wallonne.
The scrappy Spanish fighter will be the team’s GC co-leader along with Vladimir Karpets. Both will be hoping for a top-10 finish overall and a stage victory.
Back in the Tour after missing last year’s with an injury will be two-time green jersey winner Robbie McEwen. The veteran Australian sprinter will be hoping he can win at least one stage against a new generation of younger stars.
Sergey Ivanov and Alexander Kolobnev, also making his Tour debut, will give the team solid breakaway and stage-hunting options.
Pozzato will race the Vuelta a España instead as part of his major push for the world title in Australia in September.
Katusha for Tour de France
- Joaquim Rodríguez (Spa)
- Pavel Brutt (Rus)
- Sergey Ivanon (Rus)
- Vladimir Karpets (Rus)
- Robbie McEwen (Aus)
- Alexander Kolobnev (Rus)
- Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel)
- Eduard Vorganov (Rus)
- Alexandr Pliuschin (Rus)