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Last Updated: Monday, 26 July, 2004, 01:47 GMT 02:47 UK
The Tour's stars of the future
Michael Rogers
Rogers has been tipped by many as a future winner
Michael Rogers is among those tipped to be a future Tour de France winner.

The Australian is a strong time triallist and was 22nd overall in this year's race and fourth in the white jersey category - for the best-placed riders in the race under the age of 26.

Here he highlights the riders lining up to steal Lance Armstrong's mantle as the next multiple Tour winner.

BENJAMIN NOVAL

Benjamin Noval
If Armstrong thinks he's good enough to get into his US Postal team, despite never riding a Tour de France, then that's a fairly glowing endorsement.

But I wasn't surprised to see him in the US Postal starting nine.

Armstrong's been waxing lyrical about him for a while and he has a reputation for being a relentless workhorse both in training and competition.

The fact he is working for Armstrong could, though, affect his chances of growing as a rider.

This year's race: 66th place

FABIAN CANCELLARA

Fabian Cancellara
He's another debutant in this year's race but a special one.

His greatest strength is against the clock. He won the prologue in the Tour of Romandy, beating the likes of Tyler Hamilton in the process.

And he produced an impressive ride to win this year's Tour de France prologue, which is no mean feat. He needs to improve his overall cycling to shine in the general classification.

This year's race: 109th place

SYLVAIN CHAVANEL

Sylvain Chavanel
He was fourth place in the white jersey competition a year ago, just a couple of places ahead of me.

And he was then made the full-blown leader of his team - the predominantly youthful Brioches la Boulangere - after Joseba Beloki quit, that is until Thomas Voeckler's heroics.

I know the French are looking at him as their great hope to become the first French Tour de France winner since Laurent Fignon. In terms of causing a stir this time around, it's too early, but he's definitely the rider to watch in the young-rider class. He can time trial, he can attack and he never gives up.

This year's race: 30th

THOMAS VOECKLER

Thomas Voeckler
I know a lot of people in the peloton have been really impressed by what he has done this year.

Time and again he defied the odds and, just as he looked to be falling way out of contention, he'd spring from the back of the pack and blow the rest of the field away.

With the right backing, he could probably go on to win the race in a few years time, but desperately needs to improve against the clock.

This year's race: 18th

VLADIMIR KARPETS

Sandy Casar
This year's Tour is the first time Karpets has properly made a mark in global cycling, clambering his way up to 13th place overall.

His greatest asset is undoubtedly his time trialling. He shone on his way up l'Alpe d'Huez to finish seventh fastest and produced another good time trial on stage 19 to win the white jersey.

He's only 23 and is still some way off from peaking. He wasn't even his team's leading rider. With their full backing, he has a strong chance of going far.

This year's race: 13th; white jersey winner





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