Chris Horner Added to Tour Roster, Team RadioShack-Nissan-Trek Finalizes Squad

Michael HatamotoContributor IIIJune 18, 2012

MT. BALDY, CA - MAY 19:  :  Chris Horner of the USA riding for RadioShack-Nissan rides in the breakaway during stage seven of the Amgen Tour of California from Ontario to Mt. Baldy on May 19, 2012 in Mt. Baldy, California. Horner was named most courageous rider for the stage.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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After initially being left off the Team RadioShack-Nissan-Trek Tour de France team, US cycling veteran Chris Horner will be heading to France after all.

Joining him will be:

Fabian Cancellara
Frank Schleck
Tony Gallopin
Andreas Klöden
Maxime Monfort
Yaroslav Popovych
Jens Voigt
Haimar Zubeldia

Horner wasn’t included on the RadioShack-Nissan-Trek long team list, but a spot opened up after Andy Schleck suffered an injury and announced he couldn’t ride the tour.  It’s good to see Horner will be able to race—especially since his back is fully healed—as he also prepares for the US Olympics team.

Earlier in the season, the lingering back issues caused Horner to skip the Criterium du Dauphine and Tour de Suisse, with both races important tune-up stage races prior to the Tour.

Without GC contender Andy Schleck in the mix, his older brother Frank will likely be the protected rider on the team. If Frank doesn’t have anything left in his legs, Horner and Klöden may find themselves as unexpected GC leaders when the race hits the high mountains.