Team Discovery Channel Announces Tour de France Roster
Team looks to compete and challenge in post-Lance Armstrong era.
riding in a lead group. George returned home to rehab a shoulder separation and begin his Tour de France preparation. George then showed that he made a fully recovery in his first race back, the Dauphine Libere, finishing second in the prologue, fourth in the Individual Time Trial, fourth in stage 7 and tenth overall.
Yaroslav Popovych - At 26 years old, ?Popo? has followed a steady path of success culminating at the 2005 Tour as he captured the best young rider jersey while helping Lance win his seventh and final Tour de France. Popo, a smart and crafty racer, has shown his talent and good form in 2006 with a stage win in the Individual Time Trial at the Vuelta Castilla y Leon, as well as a stage win, two third place stage finishes and third place overall at the Tour de Georgia
Paolo Savoldelli - ?Il Falco? has had another great season with the Discovery Channel Team. Heading into the Giro d?Italia as the defending champion, Paolo had high hopes and ambition to defend his title, or at the least, finish on the podium. Unfortunately severe allergies due to a late spring in
Jose Azevedo - In 2004 Jose ?the Ace? Azevedo finished a career best fifth overall at the Tour de France riding in defense of Lance?s sixth yellow jersey, clearly proving himself to be a man to watch in both the time trials and the mountains. To date in 2006, Jose has focused his training to peak for the Tour de France. Season highlights include sixth overall at Paris-Nice, fifth overall at Castilla y Leon and fourth on stage 4 and fourth overall at the Dauphine Libere.
Egoi Martinez ? In his first season with the Discovery Channel Team, Egoi has impressed his teammates and directors with solid results and a professional work ethic. Egoi performed strongly in the Vuelta Castilla y Leon with third and sixth place stage results and a fourth place overall finish. He also rode extremely hard at the Tour de Georgia with two eighth place stage results while helping teammate Tom Danielson finish second overall and the team win the Team Classification prize.
Pavel Padrnos - For the second straight year Padrnos will ride both the Giro d?Italia and Tour de France back to back as he starts his seventh Tour de France. Pavel consistently plays the role of super domestique for his Discovery Channel teammates showing tremendous strength and endurance on the flats and low mountain stages. In 2006 he finished third in the Team Time Trial event at the Giro d?Italia.
Benjamin Noval - The 2006 Tour de France