Tour de France - Euskaltel eye podium for Sanchez, stages

Mon, 20 Jun 16:58:00 2011

Basque team Euskaltel Euskadi said they were targeting stage wins and a podium GC place for Samuel Sanchez after naming their team for this year's Tour de France.

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Sanchez again leads a team which also contains Egoi Martinez, Gorka Verdugo, Amets Txurruka, Ruben Perez, Ivan Velasco, Alan Perez and newcomers Gorka Izagirre and Pablo Urtasun.

"Winning a stage is the ultimate goal," admitted team manager Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano.

"Last year we went away empty handed and we can't allow that to happen again.

"It is also a dream of ours to reach the podium, we were very close last year with Samuel and we aim to get him there this time."

The team will gather on Wednesday in Rioja Alavesa to specifically train for stage two of the Tour de France which this year will be a 23km team time-trial.

The Tour de France begins on July 2nd.

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