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Old 06-13-04, 03:22 PM
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don d.
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Quick-Step has quietly put together a young team of future GC contenders for the Grand Tours with Mercado, Pecharroman, and Rodgers. They all look to have great potential.

Pecharroman has had a quiet season this year and may be prepping more for the Vuelta, but I believe Rodgers and Mercado both have a good chance for a top ten finish this year at the TDF. In fact, I have picked Rodgers as one of those who will be competing for spots 8-10. But they are both riding with maturity. Rodger's agressive riding may carry him a bit farther than Mercado this year, but they are both very good.

I suspect they are all learning a little something from Virenque, the seasoned vet of Grand Tour racing.