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Last Updated: Wednesday, 7 July, 2004, 07:48 GMT 08:48 UK
Riis eyes time-trial win
By Matt Majendie

Bjarne Riis
Bjarne Riis has backed his CSC team to win Wednesday's team time trial.

The Danish outfit fared well in the event at last year's Tour de France despite team leader Tyler Hamilton riding with a broken collarbone.

Although Hamilton has left the team, Riis is confident his current crop of riders have the wherewithal to oust the top teams.

He told BBC Sport: "We're one of the favourites in the team time trial and I think we'll do it."

CSC face stiff opposition from a host of leading teams, including Lance Armstrong's US Postal outfit.

But they are currently the top-placed team in the current world standings, leading Riis to predict high goals for the rest of the Tour.

He added: "I'm very confident. We've got a good team and we have prepared ourselves in a good way. We are much more experienced a year on.

"We're even better than we could have expected. We've shown to be even stronger even without Tyler Hamilton."

Since Hamilton's departure, Riis has brought in some fresh faces - most notably Jorg Jasckhe and Ivan Basso.

Riis added: "I tried to find riders that will fit well into the team, both mentally and physically.

"We hope to have a couple of guys in the top 10 and we're going for some stage wins as well."

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