Thursday’s Saxo Bank-Sungard press conference for the Tour de France was as tense as it was packed with over 300 members of the media. VeloNews Editor-in-chief Ben Delaney was among the guests to join Brian Holcombe on VeloLive Friday and he discussed the focus and calm within the Saxo Bank squad. Delaney is on-site for the Grand Départ and talked about the mood in the peloton on the eve of the race and said he expects HTC-Highroad to control the first week.
Garmin-Cervélo’s young pro Peter Stetina joined Holcombe in the studio and looked back at his first Giro d’Italia, where he finished 22nd overall. Stetina, who is in Colorado training for the Tour of Utah and USA Pro Cycling Challenge, looked forward to the Tour, reiterating Jonathan Vaughters’ thoughts that Garmin’s squad is their strongest ever. Stetina also discussed the last minute addition of Lithuanian Ramunas Navardauskas over Paris-Roubaix winner Johann Van Summeren in the team’s roster.
Web editor Steve Frothingham talked about how to follow the Tour online with VeloNews and managing editor Neal Rogers engaged Holcombe in a discussion over the merits of Andy Schleck (Leopard-Trek), Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) and Tony Martin’s (HTC) hopes in the general classification.