Discovery Channel Team Report
Tour de France team announced; Armstrong: I?m more motivated than ever.
Beltran and Rubiera, an on-form Hincapie and the promising Popovych, winner of this year's Tour of Catalunya - is his best Tour team ever.
"I'll confirm that on July 24," said Bruyneel. "On paper, it's a super team. But of course, we are missing Eki (Viatcheslav Ekimov) - he would definitely be on the team if he was healthy."
Ekimov - a member of the last five Tour winning teams and possessing 14 Tour finishes - severely injured his back in training crash in late April and is hoping to race again before the end of the season.
"I will miss Eki dearly this time around but I plan on riding the race with all the toughness he has shown over the years," Armstrong also commented.
2005 Discovery Channel Tour de France roster:
Lance Armstrong (USA)
Jose Azevedo (POR)
Manuel Beltran (ESP)
George Hincapie (USA)
Benjamin Noval (ESP)
Pavel Padrnos (CZE)
Yaroslav Popovych (UKR)
Jose Luis Rubiera (ESP)
Paolo Savoldelli (ITA)
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