Briton Jeremy Hunt has been named in Cervelo Test Team’s nine-man 2010 Tour de France squad – it will be the first time that he has ridden the event.

Hunt, 36, joins overall contender Carlos Sastre (Spain), 2009 green jersey winner Thor Hushovd (Norway) and 2009 stage winner Heinrich Haussler (Germany) at the three-week race, which starts on July 3 in Rotterdam.

Hunt finished the Tour de Suisse at the weekend after a strong performance working for sprinter Hushovd, and has now been handed his first ever Tour ride in his 15th season as a professional. He was named on Credit Agricole’s Tour team in 2008 but was withdrawn at the last minute.

Hunt will be an important aide to Hushovd in the Norwegian’s bid to defend last year’s point classification win.

Fellow Briton Daniel Lloyd, who has already ridden the Giro d’Italia this year, is named on the list as a reserve.

Hunt is scheduled to ride in the British road race national championships on Sunday (June 27) in Lancashire, a race he won in 1997 and 2001.

The 2010 Tour de France starts on Saturday, July 3, in Rotterdam (Netherlands) and concludes three weeks later in Paris on Sunday, July 25.

Cervelo Test Team: Full 2010 Tour de France team

Xavier Florencio (Spa)

Volodimir Gustov (Ukr)

Heinrich Haussler (Ger)

Jeremy Hunt (GB)

Thor Hushovd (Nor)

Andreas Klier (Ger)

Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu)

Brett Lancaster (Aus)

Carlos Sastre (Spa)

Reserve

Daniel Lloyd (GB) 

Jeremy Hunt: Race wins

2009

Otley criterium

Tour of Denmark; stage four

2008

Tour de Langkawi; stage two

2007

GP d’Ouverture La Marseillaise

2005

Tour de la Region Wallonne; stage two

2003

Tour de Picardie; stage two

2002

GP Ouest France Plouay

2001

Circuit Franco Belge; stage

Tour de la Somme; stage

British national road race champion

2000

Tour of the Mediterranean; stage

Sea Otter Classic; stage

Herald Sun Tour

1998

Tour of Portugal; stage

Tour of Portugal; stage

Manacor-Manacor

1997

British national road race champion

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Hunt comes through Tour de Suisse in good shape



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