Tour de France 2011 News: Lampre-ISD Team Named, Headlined By Alessandro Petacchi And Damiano Cunego

Italian-based team Lampre-ISD has named their squad for the 2011 Tour de France, and their roster is largely as expected. Damiano Cunego, the one-time Giro d'Italia winner and a former winner of the young rider classification (white jersey) at the Tour de France is the squad's best hope for a high finish in the general classification, while the great veteran sprinter Alessandro Petacchi will once again be gunning for the green jersey.

Petacchi won the jersey last year for the first time as he won two stages in the tour. Petacchi has won the points classification once in each grand tour and he is third all-time in stage wins in grand tours. His lead-out man, Danilo Hondo, is one of the best in the business. His age could be catching up to him, but he should still challenge for stage wins.

Cunego has said that he doesn't know whether or not his goal will be to finish high in the general classification or to win a stage. He's won two stages at the Vuelte a España and four at the Giro d'Italia, but he has never won a stage at the Tour de France. 

For more on the 2011 Tour de France, stay tuned to this StoryStream and check out SB Nation's cycling blog, Podium Cafe.

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