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By Bryan Jew, VeloNews Senior Writer
The line-up for the 38th Tour de l’Avenir in France was released on Friday, and two American teams will be among the 21 squads. Both Mercury and the U.S. National Team will field six-man teams in the 10-day west-to-east trip across France. The Mercury team will consist of Australians Baden Cooke and Matt Wilson, Americans Will Frischkorn, Ernie Lechuga and Phil Zajicek, and Canadian Svein Tuft. The U.S. National Team will feature Matt Decanio, Mark Fitzgerald, Damon Kluck, Jeff Louder, Danny Pate and David Zabriskie.
Among other riders to watch will be Hungarian Laszlo Bodrogi, world under-23 road and time trial champion Evgeni Petrov, and world U23 time trial bronze medalist Michael Rogers, all of Mapei; and Eladio Jimenez and Denis Menchov of iBanesto.com.
The Tour de l’Avenir, open only to riders 25-years-old and younger, begins September 6 in Cosse-le-Vivien, France. Tune in to VeloNews.com for continuing coverage.