Columbia for Sivtsov!

From the team website:

As for the overall classification, Kanstantsin Sivtsov will be Columbia-Highroad’s main contender. “He finished seventeenth in last year’s Tour and he will have the team’s full support. As always with Columbia-Highroad, everybody has a chance,” continued Aldag. “At the same time, we’ll be looking to see what [former World Time trial Champion] Michael [Rogers] can do. I spoke to him just after Liege-Bastogne-Liege, he’s in good shape and he’s fully recovered from the fever that prevented him racing in Fleche and Liege.  I know he’s been checking out some of the tougher stages and time trial stages in the Giro by himself, and I know he’s enthusiastic about this race.”

Cool! I'm not expecting him on the podium, but it's nice to see them mention Sivtsov first and Rogers just as someone who may or may not get involved, rather than say they're going to the race with the more senior Rogers as the captain, despite health issues and mixed history, along with Rogers' tendency to focus on the Tour. Sivtsov is 26 and has a solid (if maybe not spectacular) stage-racer's pedigree. Anyway, there's more about getting Cavendish a win, and looking for Edvald Boasson Hagen to get his first taste of the Big Turn. A question: have they stopped paying Tim de Waele's invoices? It's a tad embarassing to have their flash site showing 2008 photos of guys in the High Road kits, with no mention of "Columbia" on them. Maybe the idea was to use pictures from the 2008 Giro, but, you know, take care of the sponsors and all that.

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