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Sunday’s EuroFile: Zabriskie, Julich Tour-bound; Gerolsteiner wins TTT; New ProTour rankings

Dave Zabriskie and Bobby Julich have earned tickets to the Tour deFrance, Team CSC officials confirmed to VeloNews on Sunday. While Julich's participation was never in doubt, the 26-year-old Utahanwill make his Tour debut following his strong performance in last month'sGiro d'Italia. Zabriskie has flowered under the tutelage of Team CSC boss Bjarne Riis,winning an individual time trial and providing strong support to team leaderIvan Basso at the Giro. Zabriskie bounced back from a horrible car crashin 2003 to win a stage in last year's Vuelta a España and take fifthin the

By Andrew Hood

Dave Zabriskie and Bobby Julich have earned tickets to the Tour deFrance, Team CSC officials confirmed to VeloNews on Sunday.
 
While Julich’s participation was never in doubt, the 26-year-old Utahanwill make his Tour debut following his strong performance in last month’sGiro d’Italia.
 
Zabriskie has flowered under the tutelage of Team CSC boss Bjarne Riis,winning an individual time trial and providing strong support to team leaderIvan Basso at the Giro. Zabriskie bounced back from a horrible car crashin 2003 to win a stage in last year’s Vuelta a España and take fifthin the world time trial championships in Italy.
 
Julich, meanwhile, raced in the Tour de Suisse last week in his returnto European racing after a spectacular spring that saw the Coloradan takeoverall victories at Paris-Nice and Criterium International.
 
Julich will take on the role of top lieutenant, helping Sastre andBasso when he can without forgetting about his own chances if the opportunitystrikes.
 
Eight of the team’s nine Tour slots are already decided, with the finalspot to be filled by either Jakob Piil or Australian Luke Roberts.
 
Leading the Big Red Machine will be Basso, who’s been training quietlyin Italy following a disappointing Giro when he got zapped with a stomachbug while leading the race. Basso, a winner of a Tour stage and third overalllast year, later bounced back in the Giro to win a mountain stage and takehis first long-distance time trial victory.
 
Tour stage-winner Carlos Sastre will be the team’s second co-captain.The Spaniard is working hard to recover fitness lost after missing threeweeks of training in April when he broke his elbow in a crash at the Tourof the Basque Country.
 
It seemed Jens Voigt was on the attack every day in last year’s Tourand it’s a pattern that’s likely to repeat itself, though the German haspromised to be more disciplined in his head-banging efforts.
 
Norwegian strongman Kurt-Asle Arvesen will be back to provide stalwartprotection in the flats while Nicki Sørensen, the lone Dane in thefinal eight, earned his spot after an impressive performance at the DauphinéLibéré.
 
It seems Basso convinced Italian veteran Giovanni Lombardi to joinhim at the Tour, where his leadership and experience will come in handy.
 
Missing are Christian Vande Velde, who will race in the Vuelta laterthis season, and Andrea Peron, the veteran Italian who also provided strongsupport for Basso at the Giro.
 
Levi-less Gerolsteiner wins TTT
Even without Levi Leipheimer’s big engine, Gerolsteiner scored an impressivevictory in Sunday’s GP Eindhoven as 20 ProTour teams and five continentalteams squared off in a six-man race against the clock.
 
Gerolsteiner fought off a motivated Phonak crew led by Floyd Landis,nipping the Swiss team by just three seconds. Team CSC stopped the clockthird at 24 seconds slower while Discovery Channel, riding without six-timeTour champ Lance Armstrong, was fifth at 54 seconds off the winning time.
 
Driving the Gerolsteiner engine were time trial specialists MichaelRich and Uwe Peschel. Phonak had the fastest split at 14km, but Gerolsteinerput five seconds into them over the next 13km. Gerolsteiner widened itslead to 17 seconds, but Phonak came on strong late, but fell just threeseconds short.

GP Eindhoven, team time trial,
1. Gerolsteiner  53:35 (54.41kph)
2. Phonak  +0:03
3. Team CSC  +0:24
4. Rabobank     +0:51
5. Discovery Channel  +0:54
6. Davitamon-Lotto  +1:20
7. Domina Vacanze   +1:25
8. Illes Balears-Caisse d’Epargne +1:40
9. Crédit Agricole   +1:42
10. Cofidis   +1:46
11. MrBookmaker-Sportstech  +1:58
12. Lampre-Caffita  +2:00
13. Quickstep-Innergetic  +2:09
14. Liquigas-Bianchi  +2:12
15. Liberty Seguros-Würth +2:19
16. T-Mobile +2:21
17. Shimano-Memory Corp +2:27
18. Fassa Bortolo  +2:28
19. Team Wiesenhof   +2:30
20. Bouygues Telecom   +2:41
21. Saunier Duval-Prodir   +2:44
22. Intel-Action  +2:47
23. Chocolade Jacques-T Interim +2:51
24. Française des Jeux   +2:07
25. Euskaltel-Euskadi  +2:49
DiLuca, Phonak lead ProTour rankings
ProTour rankings following the end of the Tour of Switzerland on Sunday:

1. Danilo Di Luca (ITA), 184 points
2. Tom Boonen (BEL),112
3. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA), 111
4. Oscar Freire (ESP), 94
5. Santiago Botero (COL), 93
6. Paolo Savoldelli (ITA), 89
7. Davide Rebellin (ITA), 86
8. Michael Rogers (AUS), 80
9. Michael Boogerd (NED), 80
10. George Hincapie (USA), 77
11. Alexandre Vinokourov (KZK), 76
12. Bobby Julich (USA), 75
13. Jens Voigt (GER), 72
14. Gilberto Simoni (ITA), 70
15. Alberto Contador (ESP), 67
16. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP), 65
17. Aitor Osa (ESP), 60
18. Damiano Cunego (ITA), 58
19. Thor Hushovd (NOR), 57
20. David Moncoutie (FRA), 56
21. Aitor Gonzalez (ESP), 51
22. Inigo Landaluze (ESP), 50
23. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), 50
24. Miguel Angel Martin Perdiguero (ESP) 50
25. David Etxebarria (ESP), 45
Others:
34. Jan Ullrich (ALL),36
35. Paolo Bettini (ITA), 36
49. Lance Armstrong (USA), 30
80. Ivan Basso (ITA), 10

Teams
1. Phonak, 230 points
2. Davitamon,224
3. Rabobank, 222
4. CSC, 214
5. Saunier Duval, 188
6. Fassa Bortolo, 182
7. Credit Agricole, 177
8. Liberty, 173
9. Discovery Channel 161
10. T-Mobile, 158
11. Cofidis, 156
12. Gerolsteiner, 151
13. Liquigas, 143
14. Quick Step, 136
15. Baleares, 131
16. Lampre, 130
17. Bouygues Telecom,109
18. Domina Vacanze, 79
19. Francaise des Jeux 77
20. Euskaltel, 70