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Hondo replaces Kloden for Telekom’s Tour squad

German cyclist Andreas Kloden will not compete in next month's Tour deFrance because of a knee injury and will be replaced by Telekom teammateDanilo Hondo, the German outfit confirmed on Thursday.Kloden, 26, has been hospitalized after pulling out of Tuesday's secondstage of the Tour of Catalunya, where he was making his comeback aftera two-month layoff with the recurring knee problem.But his misfortune has turned in Hondo's favour with the 25-year-oldfinally getting a chance to compete in the Tour de France from July 2-28."I'm really delighted," said Hondo, who won the second

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2002

German cyclist Andreas Kloden will not compete in next month’s Tour deFrance because of a knee injury and will be replaced by Telekom teammateDanilo Hondo, the German outfit confirmed on Thursday.Kloden, 26, has been hospitalized after pulling out of Tuesday’s secondstage of the Tour of Catalunya, where he was making his comeback aftera two-month layoff with the recurring knee problem.But his misfortune has turned in Hondo’s favour with the 25-year-oldfinally getting a chance to compete in the Tour de France from July 2-28.”I’m really delighted,” said Hondo, who won the second stage Catalunyaafter Kloden had withdrawn.”The Tour de France, it’s more than the Giro,” added the German whowon two stages during this year’s Giro d’Italia.The final Telekom team line-up will be confirmed on June 28, but willnot include 1997 champion Jan Ullrich, who announced that he would notbe competing because of recurring right knee problems.
 
The tentative Telekom Tour roster
Rolf Aldag (Ger)
Gian-Matteo Fagnini (Ita)
Giuseppe Guerini  (Ita)
Danilo Hondo (Ger)
Bobby Julich (USA)
Kevin Livingston (USA)
Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz)
Steffen Wesemann (Ger)
Erik Zabel (Ger).