Spain's controversial three-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will be supported by riders of six different nationalities when he tries to win the Giro d'Italia for the second time, his Saxo Bank team announced on Tuesday. The 28-year-old, though, will have to do without the surprise package of last year's Giro Australian Richie Porte, who was seventh but was not selected among the nine man team for this year's edition which gets underway on May 7.
Contador is still awaiting a Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) judgment after an appeal by the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the World Anti-Doping Agency over a Spanish cycling federation (RFEC) decision to rescind an initial one-year competition ban for doping at the Tour de France. He tested positive for a tiny amount of the banned muscle-building substance clenbuterol during last July's Tour de France, which he went on to win.
Saxo Bank Team for Giro d'Italia
Alberto Contador (ESP), Laurent Didier (LUX), Volodymir Gustov (UKR), Jesus Hernandez (ESP), Kasper Klostergaard (DEN), Gustav Larsson (SWE), Michael Morkov (DEN), Daniel Navarro (ESP), Matteo Tosatto (ITA)