PARIS, June 18, 2013 (AFP) – Slovakia’s Peter Sagan was chosen Tuesday as
the man to lead the Cannondale team at this year’s Tour de France as he seeks
to retain the green points jersey he won in last year’s edition of the race.
The Italian outfit will build their team around Sagan, 23, who won three
stages on his Tour debut a year ago en route to the green jersey awarded to
the race’s top sprinter.
“This team is the ideal one to target our goals at the Tour,” said the
team’s sporting director Stefano Zanatta.
“A talented rider such as Sagan deserves to be supported in the best way.
He prepared for this event with great commitment and accuracy. His wish to win
the green jersey is our wish.”
Only Italian youngster Moreno Moser, 22, who’s making his first appearance
in the Grand Boucle along with teammates Alessandro De Marchi, Alan Marangoni
and Ted King, is likely to be afforded the chance to compete for a stage win
outside of Sagan.
Maciej Bodnar (POL), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Kristijan Koren (SLO),
Alan Marangoni (ITA), Moreno Moser (ITA), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Peter Sagan
(SVK), Ted King (USA), Brian Vandborg (DEN).