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Last Updated: Friday, 25 June, 2004, 14:29 GMT 15:29 UK
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TEAM PROFILE
Thor Hushovd
Country: France
Manager: Roger Legeay
Best Tour: 1997 - Boardman won the prologue; Cedric Vasseur wore the yellow jersey
Christophe Moreau has long been talked about as a possible contender to Lance Armstrong's crown.

And the Frenchman had his moments last year when he finished eighth in the general classification.

Team boss Roger Legeay will keep faith with the rider seen as France's best bet for glory, but whether he can deliver remains a hot topic.

Legeay has continued his policy of sticking to predominantly French riders for his team.

That said, arguably the team's best hope for glory is Thor Hushovd.

The big Scandanavian looked impressive in last year's race and finished fourth in the green jersey standings.

The team's usual bidder for green jersey glory - Stuart O'Grady, has cleared the way for Hushovd to lead the team's sprinting ambitions, having switched to Cofidis.

Legeay himself feels he finally has the line-up to cause the US Postal team some problems this year.

And the Frenchman has the previous know-how of winning, in the team's former colours of Peugeot, Z and Gan.

Added to his experienced riders, a number of under-23 Frenchmen are coming through the ranks and could surprise in the white jersey category.





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