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In those two races, Discovery has two very good GC competitors on good form, Popovych and Savoldelli. The Giro is Savoldelli's main gig this year, so he should be a contender, he won it in 2002, and he's riding well at the moment. Popovych is a talented rider hired on to be a future GC star, and he's displaying his wares at Catalunya.
Discovery doesn't have a stable of great sprinters. True, the team is geared for Lance which means the Tour, so they have good climbers and time trialers. You need these types of riders to be successful in grand tours. Their focus is on a select few big races, e.g. the Tour, the Giro, Hincapie at Paris-Roubaix, and that's about it.
The European teams race a fuller calendar mainly because their sponsors demand it. CSC was killing it early in the year at Qatar, Paris-Nice, etc. T-Mobile dispatches a decent squad at almost every race. Discovery is under no such pressure as an American team that Lance has cast to win the Tour.