The Tour de France announces its team selection for the ’09 race.

By Andrew Hood
Posted Mar. 17, 2009

Twenty teams have been selected for the 2009 Tour de France, but Fuji-Servetto won’t be among them.
20 teams for 2009 Tour de France

France: Ag2r-La Mondiale, Agritubel, Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis, FDJeux
Belgium: Quick Step, Silence-Lotto
Spain: Caisse d’Epargne, Euskaltel-Euskadi
USA: Columbia-Highroad, Garmin-Slipstream
Italy: Lampre, Liquigas
Netherlands: Rabobank, Skil-Shimano
Germany: Milram
Denmark: Saxo Bank
Kazakhstan: Astana
Russia: Katusha
Switzerland: Cervélo TestTeam

The Spanish-based team — the former Saunier Duval team scorched by CERA positives by Riccardo Riccò and Leonardo Piepoli in last year’s edition — was the only ProTour team not among invitations released Tuesday by Tour organizers.

Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) invited three continental pro teams: Cervélo TestTeam of defending champion Carlos Sastre, French squad Agritubel and Dutch team Skil-Shimano.

Astana, which was kept out of last year’s Tour, will be back for the start in Monaco.

The American teams Garmin-Slipstream and Columbia-Highroad each received bids to start the Tour, July 4-26. <a href=”Cervélo TestTeam of defending champion Carlos Sastre, French squad Agritubel and Dutch team Skil-Shimano. Astana, which was kept out of last year’s Tour, will be back for the start in Monaco. The American teams Garmin-Slipstream and Columbia-Highroad each received bids to start the Tour, July 4-26.”  Continued

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