PARIS (AFP) — 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. American Ted King will make his debut Tour start in support of the Slovakian champion.
The Italian outfit will build its team around Sagan, 23, who won three stages in his Tour debut a year ago en route to the green jersey.
“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.”
Italian youngster Moreno Moser, 22, who’s making his first appearance in the Grand Boucle, along with Tour rookie teammates Alessandro De Marchi, Alan Marangoni, and King, is likely to get a shot at a stage win in the mountains.
Cannondale for the 2013 Tour de France
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)