Lampre-Merida

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Lampre have made a virtue of not giving a toss about the Tour de France for so many years now that it is with a vague feeling of discombobulation we look at their high quality Tour roster. Just don’t turn on the internet when Chris Horner starts doing well in the overall, is our advice.

Considering Horner has won a Grand Tour, he must have his eye on the top five overall. It would be a treat to see Rui Costa add to his three stage wins with one in the rainbow jersey, but he’s likely to be marked out of the breaks. A top 10 overall is not beyond him, however.

Tour de France history
Participations: 12
Stage wins: 7
Best overall: Raimondas Rumsas was third in 2002
Top 10s: 2
Jersey wins: 1 green, 1 white

Tour team: Davide Cimolai (Ita), Rui Costa (Por), Kristijan Durasek (Cro), Chris Horner (USA), Sacha Modolo (Ita), Nelson Oliveira (Por), Maximiliano Richeze (Arg), Jose Serpa (Col), Rafael Valls (Spa)

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