Stage 12 + 25th Overall Tour de France, Stage 2 Vuelta Castilla y Leon, Stage 2 + 3rd Overall Tour de Georgia
White Jersey + Stage 4 (TTT) + 12th Overall Tour de France, Tour of Catalonia
Trofeo Androni Giocattoli
GP de Genève, Trophy Porec
BIOGRAPHY from Yaroslav Popovych
"Popo" headed into the 2006 Tour de France as part of a disparate group of Discos all looking to claim the mantle of the departed Lance Armstrong as Tour champion. Like team-mates George Hincapie, Paolo Savoldelli and Jose Azevedo the 2005 white jersey crashed and burned at Le Grand Boucle due to the absence of a true team leader. The young Ukrainian did recover some team pride, however, when he broke out of a strong four-man lead group to claim Stage 12 in Carcassonne and ultimately finish 25th overall, second of the Discos behind Azevedo. In 2007 the 27-year-old can get back to the support role in which he performed so stunningly in 2005 and demonstrate that he is still the future of the American team.