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11th Hour Entry to Tour de France to Offend Purists, Thrill Fans?

The following is the roster for the late entry wildcard team:

Legumes d’Or – STD

241 KRUGER, Jorg-Herbert

242 HOFFENHÅFFEN, Gregor

243 PRYK, Zygmund

244 BELLENDO, Danilo

245 VERUKKA, Ignasti

246 ANDES LLAMADORES, Ruben

247 FÜGELSCHAFFT, Jakob

248 BALLEPOINT, Christian

249 GOONE, Danny

The late wildcard entry for the Schleswig-Holstein based Legumes d’Or-STD team has raised eyebrows at this year’s Tour de France, but the last-minute arrivals are hoping to garner a few stage victories, and perhaps even get their team leader, veteran pro Jorg-Herbert Kruger onto the podium in Paris on July 24th. The team mixes experience and new talent. Super-domestique Zygmund Pryk will provide support for Kruger when the going gets tough, whilst Italian sprinter Danilo Bellendo and the Danish one-day specialist Gregor Hoffenhaffen will both hope for stage wins. Expect the Basque Ignasti Verukka to try to impress when the race hits his native Pyrenees in the second week of July. Finally, keep an eye out for the young Australian sprinting sensation from New South Wales, Danny Goone.

Legumes d’Or-STD is led by former Czech national road-race champion Pavel Njiipel. The always controversial directeur sportif, when asked to assess his team’s chances, said “We are a fantastic mixture of the old and the new. We are like a cordial of drugs. Wham! Bam! Anything can happen in this race. Today we are Gina Lollobrigida, tomorrow we are Osama Bin Laden. That is the Tour de France”. (Agence de Presse-FOL, Paris, June 26th2011. Relisez avec grande prudence, svp).

Post author: ‘Sniffin’ Saddles’.


Tour de France: Bonjour, ‘allo et Eyup Mes Amis de Vélo (very provisional starter list)

It is that time of year encore un fois, when I butcher the French language and bring you my Tour de France Sweepstakes and personalised commentary on the World’s Greatest Mobile Drugfest Cycle Race. Le Grand Boucle boucles off on July 2nd, this Saturday. As usual the TdF organising committee is too busy gargling pastis and smoking Gauloises to bother announcing the start list. Here, below, is what we know so far. Notice the new super-sexee Leopard Trek Team, with the Schlecks, Spartacus and Jens set to kick ass, er, Luxembourger-style.

Some nice new faces and names in the list too, as well as perennial favourites such as the holy rollers’ pin-up boy Christian Knees (now teamed with Wiggo at Sky) and Vladimir (‘Dyson’ to his mates) Karpets. Welcome Tony ‘the Trotter’ Gallopin; Izagirri ‘Or do you prefer it plain?’ Insausti, and the already-knackered by the sounds of it, Benat Intxausti, pictured here getting tired on behalf of Fuji-Servetto.

Saxo Bank – Sungard

1 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto

2 NOVAL, Benjamin Gonzalez

3 VANDBORG, Brian

4 HERNÁNDEZ BLAZQUEZ, Jesús

5 NAVARRO GARCIA, Daniel

6 PORTE, Richie

7 SORENSEN, Chris Anker

8 SÖRENSEN, Nicki

9 TOSATTO, Matteo

Leopard Trek

11 SCHLECK, Andy

12 SCHLECK, Frank

13 CANCELLARA, Fabian

14 POSTHUMA, Joost

15 GERDEMANN, Linus

16 MONFORT, Maxime

17 FUGLSANG, Jakob

18 VOIGT, Jens

19 FEILLU, Brice

Euskaltel – Euskadi

21 SANCHEZ GONZALEZ, Samuel

22 IZAGIRRE INSAUSTI, Gorka

23 MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN, Egoi

24 PEREZ, Alan Lezaun

25 PEREZ MORENO, Ruben

26 TXURRUKA, Amets

27 URTASUN PEREZ, Pablo

28 VELASCO MURILLO, Ivan

29 VERDUGO MARCOTEGUI, Gorka

Omega Pharma-Lotto

31 BROECK, Jurgen Van Den

32 GILBERT, Philippe

33 GREIPEL, Andre

34 LANG, Sebastian

35 ROELANDTS, Jurgen

36 SIEBERG, Marcel

37 VANENDERT, Jelle

38 WALLE, Jurgen Van De

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Rabobank ProTeam

41 GESINK, Robert

42 BARREDO LLAMAZALES, Carlos

43 BOOM, Lars

44 DAM, Laurens Ten

45 GARATE, Juan Manuel

46 MOLLEMA, Bauke

47 NIERMANN, Grischa

48 SANCHEZ GIL, Luis Leon

49 TJALLINGII, Maarten

Team Garmin – Cervélo

51 DANIELSON, Thomas

52 HESJEDAL, Ryder

53 MARTIN, Daniel

54 HUSHOVD, Thor

55 FARRAR, Tyler

56 VANSUMMEREN, Johan

57 VANDE VELDE, Christian

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Radio Shack

61 HORNER, Chris

62 BRAJKOVIC, Janez

63 IRIZAR ARANBURU, Markel

64 KLÖDEN, Andréas

65 LEIPHEIMER, Levi

66 MURAVYEV, Dmitriy

67 PAULINHO, Sergio Miguel Moreira

68 POPOVYCH, Yaroslav

69 ZUBELDIA AGIRRE, Haimar

Ag2R – La Mondiale

71 ROCHE, Nicolas

72 GADRET, John

73 KADRI, Blel

74 PERAUD, Jean-christophe

75 RIBLON, Christophe

76 DUPONT, Hubert

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Team Astana

81 VINOKOUROV, Alexandre

82 IGLINSKIY, Maxim

83 , (plus seven Kazakhs who haven’t been discovered doping. If they can find that many).

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Quickstep Cycling Team

91 WEERT, Kevin De

92 BOONEN, Tom

93 CHAVANEL, Sylvain

94 CIOLEK, Gerald

95 DEVENYNS, Dries

96 ENGELS, Addy

97 PINEAU, Jérome

98 STEEGMANS, Gert

99 TERPSTRA, Niki

Team Sky

101 WIGGINS, Bradley

102 HAGEN, Edvald Boasson

103 FLECHA, Juan Antonio

104 HENDERSON, Gregory

105 KNEES, Christian

106 GERRANS, Simon

107 URAN, Rigoberto

108 THOMAS, Geraint

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Française des Jeux

111 CASAR, Sandy

112 FEDRIGO, Pierrick

113 HUTAROVICH, Yauheni

114 PAURIOL, Rémi

115 ROUX, Anthony

116 ROY, Jérémy

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BMC Racing Team

121 EVANS, Cadel

122 BOOKWALTER, Brent

123 BURGHARDT, Marcus

124 HINCAPIE, George

125 MOINARD, Amaël

126 MORABITO, Steve

127 QUINZIATO, Manuel

128 SANTAROMITA, Ivan

129 SCHAR, Michael

Cofidis

131 FARES, Julien El

132 DUMOULIN, Samuel

133 DUQUE, Leonardo Fabio

134 GALLOPIN, Tony

135 MONCOUTIÉ, David

136 TAARAMÄE, Rein

137 VALENTIN, Tristan

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Lampre – ISD

141 CUNEGO, Damiano

142 BOLE, Grega

143 BONO, Matteo

144 HONDO, Danilo

145 MALORI, Adriano

146 PETACCHI, Alessandro

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Liquigas – Cannondale

151 BASSO, Ivan

152 BODNAR, Maciej

153 BORGHINI, Paolo Longho

154 KOREN, Kristjan

155 OSS, Daniel

156 PATERSKI, Maciej

157 SABATINI, Fabio

158 SZMYD, Sylvester

159 VANOTTI, Alessandro

Europcar

161 VOECKLER, Thomas

162 CHARTEAU, Anthony

163 GAUTIER, Cyril

164 KERN, Christophe

165 ROLLAND, Pierre

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Team Movistar

171 ROJAS GIL, Jose Joaquin

172 KIRYIENKA, Vasil

173 INTXAUSTI, Benat

174 GUTIERREZ PALACIOS, José Ivan

175 ARROYO DURAN, David

176 FARIA DA COSTA, Rui Alberto

177 SAMOILAU, Branislau

178 ERVITI OLLO, Imanol

179 VENTOSO ALBERDI, Francisco José

Katusha

181 KOLOBNEV, Alexandr

182 KARPETS, Vladimir

183 GALIMZYANOV, Denis

184 IVANOV, Serguei

185 TROFIMOV, Yuri

186 GUSEV, Vladimir

187 IGNATYEV, Mikhail

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HTC – High Road

191 MARTIN, Tony

192 CAVENDISH, Mark

193 RENSHAW, Mark

194 ALBASINI, Michael

195 GARDEREN, Tejay Van

196 VELITS, Peter

197 GRABSCH, Bert

198 GOSS, Matthew

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Saur – Sojasun

201 COPPEL, Jérome

202 COYOT, Arnaud

203 ENGOULVENT, Jimmy

204 HIVERT, Jonathan

205 JEANDESBOZ, Fabrice

206 MANGEL, Laurent

207 TALABARDON, Yannick

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Vacansoleil – DCM

211 POELS, Wout

212 BOZIC, Borut

213 FEILLU, Romain

214 HOOGERLAND, Johnny

215 MARCATO, Marco

216 WESTRA, Lieuwe

217 LEUKEMANS, Bjorn

218 GENDT, Thomas De

219 LAGUTIN, Sergey


Sasha Takes the Jaguar XJS For A Test Drive (plus 1 pic)

Above, in the Takaragaike Tunnel, clearly auditioning for the next David Lynch movie.

Below, back at JH motors. Looks like she was born in this vehicle…

2011 or 1975?


Exhibit Number 1, M’Lud. Jaguar XJS, 1993. 43000km. British Racing Green.