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U.S. Postal Service announces 2002 squad

The U.S. Postal Service team announced its 2002 roster on Wednesday, with seven new additions including Americans David Clinger, Floyd Landis and Chann McRae, along with Canada’s former Saturn rider Michael Barry. Other new faces on defending Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong’s squad are Belgian Tom Boonen, Italian Gianpaolo Mondini and Czech rider Pavel Padrnos. "I think we have put together a very well balanced group of new riders to the team, which wasn't an easy task after losing riders such as Viatcheslav Ekimov, Tyler Hamilton and Levi Leipheimer," said team director Johan

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U.S. Postal Service announces 2002 squad

U.S. Postal Service announces 2002 squad

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The U.S. Postal Service team announced its 2002 roster on Wednesday, with seven new additions including Americans David Clinger, Floyd Landis and Chann McRae, along with Canada’s former Saturn rider Michael Barry.

Other new faces on defending Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong’s squad are Belgian Tom Boonen, Italian Gianpaolo Mondini and Czech rider Pavel Padrnos.

“I think we have put together a very well balanced group of new riders to the team, which wasn’t an easy task after losing riders such as Viatcheslav Ekimov, Tyler Hamilton and Levi Leipheimer,” said team director Johan Bruyneel.

Bruyneel mentioned Mondini, Padrnos, Clinger and Boonen for the team’s classics efforts; and Landis and McRae for the Tour de France squad.

Returning U.S. Postal team riders include Americans Armstrong and George Hincapie, along with Dylan Casey, Antonio Cruz, Kenny Labbe, Christian Vande Velde, Robbie Ventura and Dave Zabriskie.

Also returning will be Spain’s Roberto Heras and Jose Luis Rubiera, Benoit Joachim of Luxembourg, Norway’s Steffen Kjaergaard, Colombia’s Victor Hugo Pena and Matthew White of Australia. The team is currently negotiating with team member Stephane Barthe of France.

The USPS team will hold its first winter training camp in Austin, Texas in December. Its first formal training camps for the 2002 season will take place in January in both the U.S. and Europe.

2002 U.S. POSTAL TEAM Lance Armstrong (USA)

Michael Barry (Can)

Tom Boonen (B)

Dylan Casey (USA)

David Clinger (USA)

Antonio Cruz (USA)

Roberto Heras (Sp)

George Hincapie (USA)

Benoit Joachim (Lux)

Steffen Kjaergaard (Nor)

Kenny Labbe (USA)

Floyd Landis (USA)

Chann McRae (USA)

Gianpaolo Mondini (I)

Pevel Padrnos (Cz)

Victor Hugo Peña (Col)

Jose Luis Rubiera (Sp)

Christian Vande Velde (USA)

Robbie Ventura (USA)

Matthew White (Aus)

Dave Zabriskie (USA)