Azevedo, Noval and Rubiera to ride Tour of Britain

Three of the riders that helped Lance Armstrong to his record-breaking sixth win in the Tour de France this year will be part of the US Postal team that competes in the Tour of Britain stage road race, starting 1st September.
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The Portuguese rider Jose Azevedo was fifth overall in France. Jose Luis Rubiera, voted the most valuable domestique, took 19th place and his compatriot, Benjamin Noval, a talented climber and time trialist, finished 66th overall.

The other three members of the team for the Tour of Britain are American Antonio Cruz, a US Criterium champion; compatriot Michael Creed, a national Under 23 champion on two occasions, and Jurgen Van Den Broeck, the first Belgian to win the Junior Time Trial Championships.

Tony Doyle, the event director, said:

“By declaring this kind of team US Postal have thrown down the gauntlet to the other teams."

It's not yet confirmed, but the T-Mobile team at the Tour of Britain is likely to include Andreas Kloden, second in this year's Tour de France.

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