The most talked about 2008 team has officially announced its roster for next season. Team Slipstream-Chipotle – the one with the blue and orange Argyle kit – has secured the services of some very big names, including British National Champion David Millar (pictured), David Zabriskie, Tom Danielson and Magnus Backstedt.

Ten of this year’s Slipstream riders have been retained for 2008. The new additions take the squad up to 25 riders, including one as-yet-un-named rider who will be announced after the US Professional Championships this weekend.

Despite the big hitters present on the squad, the team is not registered for the UCI’s top-level ProTour, instead opting for Continental Professional status. They are relying on wildcard entries to the larger, ProTour-ranked events.

The US-based squad is run by former US Postal Service/Credit Agricole professional Jonathan Vaughters, and has a unique and very stringent anti-doping policy.

“I am encouraging our team not to point fingers,” says Vaughters. “If we don?t win I don?t want to hear people complaining that we didn?t win because everyone else was doping. That?s not what it?s about. If eighth place is the best our guy could do on a given day, then that?s the best he could do and I am OK with that. If our guys are out partying, not performing and then saying ?Well, everyone else is doping? they won?t last five minutes here.”

You can read a full interview with Vaughters, and about the team and it’s anti-doping ethos in October’s issue of Cycle Sport, out on Thursday from all good newsagents.

TEAM SLIPSTREAM-CHIPOTLE 2008

If no team noted, rider is already on Slipstream for 2007

David Millar from Saunier Duval

David Zabriskie from CSC

Christian Vandevelde from CSC

Tom Danielson from Discovery Channel

Danny Pate

Jason Donald

Martijn Maaskant from Rabobank Continental

Huub Duyn

Daniel Martin neo-pro

Julian Dean from Credit Agricole

Tyler Farrar from Cofidis

Lucas Eusar

Pat McCarty

Steven Cozza

Chris Sutton from Cofidis

Magnus Backstedt from Liquigas

Christophe Laurent from Agritubel

Trent Lowe from Discovery Channel

Timmy Duggan

Mike Friedman

Will Frischkorn

Tom Peterson

Ryder Hesjedal from Health Net

Kilian Patour

Plus one more to be announced after US Pro Champs

Team Slipstream-Chipotle: www.slipstreamsports.com.