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I’ve seen countries go to war for less. This is ridiculous! What could the reason possibly be?
The TdF pre-selection was:
1 Inigo Cuesta ESP
2 Xavier Florencio ESP
3 Simon Gerrans AUS
4 Volodymir Gustov UKR
5 Heinrich Haussler GER
6 Thor Hushovd NOR
7 Andreas Klier GER
8 Brett Lancester AUS
9 José Angel Gomez Marchante
10 Gabriel Rasch NOR
11 Hayden Roulston NZL
12 Carlos Sastre ESP
MELBOURNE cyclist Simon Gerrans will be a shock absentee from the Tour de France after his team told him today he would not be selected.
Gerrans won a mountain stage of the Tour of Italy – the second most important race in the world – only two months ago, and a stage of the Tour de France last year.
He has also won the Herald Sun Tour twice and the Tour Down Under, and had strong form in European one-day races earlier in the season.
Cervelo, a new team based in Switzerland, recruited Gerrans this year, telling him he was to be the main helper for their gun rider, Spaniard Carlos Sastre, who won the Tour last year.
It was not immediately clear why Gerrans has been dropped but he told friends in Melbourne today that he was shocked and disappointed.
The Tour starts in Monaco, where Gerrans lives, on Saturday week.