Eurosport - Thu, 24 Jun 14:06:00 2010
Footon-Servetto has opted for youth over experience in their nine-strong roster for the Tour de France, with eight debutants set to line up for the Le Grand Départ in Rotterdam on July 3.
Giampaolo Cheula, who finished the 2007 and 2008 Tours for Barloworld, will lead the team, with Alberto Benitez, Arkaitz Duran, Iban Mayoz, Rafael Valls, Markus Eibegger, Manuel Cardoso, Fabio Felline and Eros Capecchi completing the ranks.
And despite an average age of just 25.5 years, and 20-year-old Felline set to be the Tour's youngest rider, Directeur Sportif Joxean Fernández Matxin has high expectations for his squad.
“We want to win at least one stage, for this we need to pay attention to the escapes and be combative," said Matxin.
Felline set himself out as a rising star with victory in the Circuit de Lorraine, while Capecchi, Duran and Eibegger will contest the mountain stages and Cardoso is the team's sprinter.
Team: Giampaolo Cheula, Alberto Benitez, Arkaitz Duran, Iban Mayoz, Rafael Valls, Markus Eibegger, Manuel Cardoso, Fabio Felline and Eros Capecchi.