Giro d'Italia

Saxo Bank-Sungard names team for 2011 Giro d’Italia

Aussie Richie Porte will not be among the nine riders backing Alberto Contador as he tackles the 2011 Giro d'Italia, Saxo Bank-Sungard announces.

Alberto Contador will be supported by a veritable United Nations of a team when he tackles the Giro d’Italia beginning May 7.

Riders from six different countries will support the three-time winner of the Tour de France at the Italian national tour, his Saxo Bank-Sungard team announced Tuesday.

But last year’s Giro revelation, Richie Porte — who finished seventh in 2010 — will not be one of them.

Going into the Giro Contador still awaits the judgment of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) following an appeal by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) over the Spanish cycling federation’s decision not to suspend the 28-year-old Contador for a doping positive from last year’s Tour.

Contador tested positive for a tiny amount of the banned muscle-building substance clenbuterol. He went on to win the Tour.

Saxo Bank-Sungard for the 2011 Giro d’Italia: Alberto Contador (Sp), Laurent Didier (Lux), Volodymir Gustov (Ukr), Jesus Hernandez (Sp), Kasper Klostergaard (Den), Gustav Larsson (Swe), Michael Morkov (Den), Daniel Navarro (Sp), Matteo Tosatto (I)