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Preview: Classics masters set to build foundation in Qatari wind

  • By Gregor Brown
  • Published Jan. 31, 2013
  • Updated Jan. 31, 2013 at 3:28 PM EDT
Fabian Cancellara will look to lay the foundation for a run at the classics after his disappointing exit at the Ronde van Vlaanderen in 2012. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

Preliminary startlist

Updated January 31, 2013.
Omega Pharma-Quick Step (OPQ)
Sporting Manager: PEETERS Wilfried
CAVENDISH Mark
KEISSE Iljo
STYBAR Zdenek
TERPSTRA Niki
TRENTIN Matteo
VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume
VANDENBERGH Stijn
VELITS Martin
* BOONEN Tom
* DEVENYNS Dries
* RABON Frantisek
* STEEGMANS Gert

Sky (SKY)
Sporting Manager: KNAVEN Servais
BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
EISEL Bernhard
HAYMAN Mathew
PUCCIO Salvatore
RASCH Gabriel
ROWE Luke
STANNARD Ian
THOMAS Geraint
* KNEES Christian
* SUTTON Christopher
* SWIFT Ben

RadioShack-Leopard (RLT)
Sporting Manager: DEMOL Dirk
CANCELLARA Fabian
DEVOLDER Stijn
GALLOPIN Tony
IRIZAR Markel
POPOVYCH Yaroslav
RAST Gregory
ROULSTON Hayden
SANTOS OLIVEIRA Nelson

BMC Racing (BMC)
Sporting Manager: JACKSON Stewart
VAN AVERMAET Greg
BLYTHE Adam
BOOKWALTER Brent
BURGHARDT Marcus
EIJSSEN Yannick
PHINNEY Taylor
SCHÄR Michael
WARBASSE Lawrence
* CUMMINGS Stephen
* KOHLER Martin
* PINOTTI Marco
* WYSS Danilo

FDJ (FDJ)
Sporting Manager: GAYANT Martial
BOUHANNI Nacer
BOUCHER David
FISCHER Murilo Antoniobil
LADAGNOUS Matthieu
LE BON Johan
OFFREDO Yoann
ROLLIN Dominique
SOUPE GEOFFREY
* GESLIN Anthony
* MANGEL Laurent
* PINEAU Cedric
* VAUGRENARD Benoît

Saxo-Tinkoff (TST)
Sporting Manager: HOFFMAN Tristan
BENNATI Daniele
BRESCHEL Matti
CANTWELL Jonathan
JORGENSEN Jonas Aaen
KROON Karsten
KUMP Marko
LUND Anders
TOSATTO Matteo
* CONTADOR Alberto
* HERNANDEZ BLAZQUEZ Jesus

Astana (AST)
Sporting Manager: STANGELJ Gorazd
GUARDINI Andrea
BOZIC Borut
GRIVKO Andriy
GRUZDEV Dmitriy
GUARNIERI Jacopo
KAMYSHEV Arman
LUTSENKO Alexey
MURAVYEV Dmitriy
* AGNOLI Valerio
* HUFFMAN EVAN
* NIBALI Vincenzo
* VANOTTI Alessandro

IAM Cycling (IAM)
Sporting Manager: CARLSTRÖM Kjell
HAUSSLER Heinrich
BANDIERA Marco
ELMIGER Martin
FUMEAUX JONATHAN
GODDAERT Kristof
HINAULT Sébastien
HOLLENSTEIN Reto
LANG Pirmin
* BRÄNDLE Matthias
* CUSIN Rémy
* REICHENBACH Sébastien

Argos-Shimano (ARG)
Sporting Manager: REEF Marc
DEGENKOLB John
ARNDT Nikias
CURVERS Roy
DE KORT Koen
MEZGEC Luka
SINKELDAM Ramon
STAMSNIJDER Tom
VEELERS Tom
* AHLSTRAND Jonas
* DE BACKER Bert
* GESCHKE Simon
* KITTEL Marcel

Cannondale (CAN)
Sporting Manager: VOLPI Alberto
VIVIANI Elia
BODNAR Maciej
BOIVIN Guillaume
DALL’ANTONIA Tiziano
DE MARCHI Alessandro
KOREN Kristijan
RATTO Daniele
SABATINI Fabio
* LONGO BORGHINI Paolo
* MOSER Moreno
* PATERSKI Maciej
* SAGAN Peter

Ag2r La Mondiale (ALM)
Sporting Manager: KASPUTIS Arturas
HUTAROVICH Yauheni
APPOLLONIO Davide
BAGDONAS Gediminas
BERARD Julien
CHAINEL Steve
HOULE Hugo
IGLINSKIY Valentin
MINARD Sébastien
* MONDORY Lloyd
* NOCENTINI Rinaldo
* RAVARD Anthony
* RIBLON Christophe

Orica-GreenEdge (OGE)
Sporting Manager: LAPAGE Laurenzo
DAVIS Allan
BEPPU Fumiyuki
BEWLEY Sam
COOKE Baden
KEUKELEIRE Jens
KRUOPIS Aidis
LANCASTER Brett Daniel
MOURIS Jens
* GOSS Matthew Harley
* HOWARD Leigh
* LANGEVELD Sebastian
* O’GRADY Stuart

Vacansoleil-DCM (VCD)
Sporting Manager: CORNELISSE Michel
FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio
KEIZER Martijn
LAGUTIN Sergey
MARCATO Marco
MARKUS Barry
MOL Wouter
RUIJGH Rob
VAN HUMMEL Kenny Robert
* FEILLU Romain
* KREDER Wesley
* VAN POPPEL Boy
* VAN POPPEL Danny

NetApp-Endura (TNE)
Sporting Manager: POITSCHKE Enrico
DEMPSTER Zakkari
DOWNING Russell
EICHLER Markus
JARC Blaz
KLUGE Roger
SCHILLINGER Andreas
SCHORN Daniel
VOSS Paul
* BENEDETTI Cesare
* MATZKA Ralf
* PIMENTA COSTA MENDES José
* WETTERHALL Alexander

Katusha (KAT)
Sporting Manager: PIVA Valerio
BRUTT Pavel
HALLER Marco
ISAICHEV Vladimir
KRISTOFF Alexander
KUCHYNSKI Aliaksandr
PORSEV Alexander
SELIG Rüdiger
SMUKULIS Gatis
* GUSEV Vladimir
* KOZONTCHUK Dmitry
* KUZNETSOV Viacheslav
* TSATEVICH Alexei

Champion System (CSS)
Sporting Manager: BEAMON Edward
BRAMMEIER Matt
FENG Chun Kai
FRIEDEMANN Matthias
JANG Chan Jae
JIAO Pengda
OTHMAN Muhamad Adiq Husainie
TRAKSEL Bobbie
XU Gang
* AVERY Clinton
* NISHIZONO Ryota
* OJAVEE Mart

Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox (BAR)
Sporting Manager: REVERBERI Bruno
MODOLO Sacha
BOEM Nicola
CANOLA Marco
COLBRELLI Sonny
COLEDAN Marco
DI CORRADO Andrea
FORTIN Filippo
PASQUALON Andrea
* BARBIN Enrico
* BONGIORNO Francesco Manuel
* DELLE STELLE Christian
* PAGANI Angelo

Japan (JPN)
Sporting Manager: TAKAHASHI Matsuyoshi
HATANAKA Yusuke
MIYAZAWA Takashi
MORI Kazuhiro
NISHITANI Taiji
SANO Junya
SHIMIZU Miyataka
SUZUKI Yuzuru
UCHIMA Kohel
* KUBOKI Kazushlge

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Bikes kept Gregor Brown out of trouble growing up in Oklahoma — BMX, freestyle and then watching Greg LeMond's Tour de France wins on CBS television's weekend highlights shows. The drama of the 1998 Tour, however, truly drew him into the fold. With a growing curiosity in European races and lifestyle, he followed his heart and established camp on Lake Como's shores in 2004. Brown has been following the Giro, the Tour and every major race in Europe since 2006. He will tell you it is about the "race within the race" – punching out the news and running to finish – but he loves a proper dinner, un piatto tipico ed un vino della zona.

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