Prologue Tour De France 2018

The 2018 Tour du France starts conditions météorologiques Noirmoutier in the Bay du Biscay and runs indigenous 7-29 July. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters
The 2018 Tour du France starts conditions météorologiques Noirmoutier in thé Bay du Biscay and runs from 7-29 July. Photograph: Benoit Tessier/Reuters
Introducing this year’s teams: the leaders, thé heritage and the names to watch out à la in the 105th edition du the Tour

Ag2r ns Mondiale (Fr; UCI ranking 9)

All eyes will certainly be on the long-running français squad each temps the route goes uphill et once the mountains swing into view they’ll blow thé race apart or dé trying. The sapin week won’t be fun cible they oui two big strong riders in Oliver Naesen et Silvan Dillier to protect your team dirigeants Romain barde in auto wind and on auto cobbles. That shouldn’t be as well much of a problem as the last is one ns the few climbers who deserve to handle a bit of grit. Petit team, gros presence.

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Tours ns France 24 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 17 Green jerseys 0 King du the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 16

Tour heritage Second places for barde in 2016 and Jean-Christophe Péraud in 2014 remain auto biggest achievements for France’s longest-standing team. Barde made 3rd last year marqué it was a close run thing.

Team leader barde is non stranger venir the final podium now et he constantly produces something spectacular à accompany the consistency. His temps trial no yet ont good as the rest ns his game cible it’s progressing.


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Romain bardet finished third in critical year’s général classification. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Astana se mettre daccord Team (Kaz; UCI ranking 7)

This tour will be a new experience à la team manager Alexandr Vinokourov oui it’ll be his sapin without a GC contender. With no gros sprinter, no specialist climbers et no time-trial victory prospects either auto pre-race meetings peut être well be a ombragé affair each day. Three weeks ns opportunities then à la Luis León Sánchez, Omar Fraile et co to à faire what they à faire best, get in a break and be last man standing. If Jakob Fuglsang is in form he might make auto top 10 cible I wouldn’t put de largent on it. A multilingual outfit which appears to ont lost other in translation.

Founded 2007 Bike Argon 18 Manager Alexandr Vinokourov Sponsor business ligue of state-owned companies

Tours de France 17 Tour wins 2 Stage to win 10 Green jerseys 0 King ns the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 34

Tour heritage Mixed, through Vino’s blood doping positif in 2007 and their lexclusion in 2008. Won the Tour in 2009 v Alberto Contador and in 2014 through Vincenzo Nibali. Et Fabio Aru winner a stage et managed two days in yellow last year.

Team leader Fuglsang is a classy bike rider who is tactically astute et reads a gyeongju well. Constantly a threat si given too much leeway which isn’t often ont the other teams know comment dangerous that deserve to be.


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Jakob Fuglsang has team time-trial victories à his surname from thé 2011 et 2013 Vuelta. Photograph: Tim aux Waele/Getty Images

Bahrain Merida (Brn; UCI ranking 8)

A decisive instants in the development du the Bahrain project as Vincenzo Nibali returns to auto Tour with auto sole aim du winning a second title. Every little thing has to be done this season venir make the a unique possibility et there’s seul a jeton nod à maybe participating in some de the sprint finishes v Sonny Colbrelli. Confidence is high parce que le Nibali after he confirmed his credentials ont one du the greats v a Milan-San Remo victory at auto start de the season. Watch this space.

Founded 2016 Bike Merida Manager Brent Copeland Sponsor business Bahrain state consortium/bicycle manufacturer

Tours aux France 1 Tour wins 0 Stage win 0 Green jerseys 0 King of the montails 0 Days in jaune 0

Tour heritage A largely anonymous debut in 2017 through Janez Brajkovic their meilleur in 45th overall, cible things can – have to – be really different this year.

Team leader Vincenzo Nibali is one of the most exciting and charismatic riders du his generation. If you give him a chance he’ll take it it et if tu don’t climate he’ll make one. Fabulous descender and climber respected by everyone.


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Vincenzo Nibali, pictured winning auto pink jersey parce que le Astana in the 2016 Giro, is superb even if it is climbing jaune descending. Photograph: Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images

BMC gyeongju Team (US; UCI ranking 5)

This is possibly the last try pour BMC venir conquer auto TdF crown a seconde time et following last year’s disaster parce que le their dirigeants Richie Porte maybe his final chanceux too. After a slow start to thé season the Australian has come into type at seul the best time et with his victory at auto Swiss tour confidence will certainly be high. They have the firepower to win thé team temps trial and control any gyeongju situation haricot de soja tactics aren’t a problem. Seul playing auto GC game and with only one card.

Founded 2007 Bike BMC Manager Jim Ochowicz Sponsor business Bicycle manufacturer

Tours ns France 8 Tour wins 1 phase victories 4 Green jerseys 0 King of the mountains 0 Days in yellow 7

Tour heritage Victory à la Cadel Evans stays their greatest accomplishment although they oui also controlled a brace du fifth places pour Tejay van Garderen. Last year, v Porte nursing his injuries, Damiano Caruso was an unobtrustive 11th overall.

Team leader Porte lines up ont sole leader with tous the responsibilities on his shoulders cible he’s used venir pressure. The reported descending fragility is unfair ont it’s not bravery that’s to be missing, it’s luck. Might this finally be his year?


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Richie Porte in travail during June’s Tour du Switzerland. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger; UCI ranking 3)

This is another team through something to prove and after the controversial expulsion of pet Sagan last year they’ll tous be motivated à put auto world champion in the best possible position to take a 6th points classification win. Their GC hope, Rafal Majka, will certainly be left venir his own gadgets when auto overall struggle begins marqué he’ll be daccord with that as surfing thé opportunities, like Sagan, is one de his solid points. Evidence that the Germans have a sense du humour.

Founded 2010 Bike Specialized Manager Ralph Denk Sponsor entreprises Kitchen extractors/fittings

Tours ns France le 3 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 2 Green jerseys 0 King ns the montagnes 0 Days in yellow 0

Tour heritage Up et down, indigenous worthy wildcards oui NetApp-Endura à a diriger team built approximately Sagan, that won castle a stage last year but was thrown out parce que le dangerous riding. His mate Macej Bodnar’s définitif time trial win was part compensation.

Team leader Sagan is the most charismatic rider in auto peloton today. Autre green jersey is his goal and usually when cette wants something, hey gets it. Fixé respect indigenous everyone for how he races and entertains, on et off thé bike. Thé Roubaix phase favourite obviously.


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Slovakia’s pet Sagan was expelled from last year’s la tour following a flotter near auto finish line ns stage four. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

Cofidis, solution Credit (Fr; UCI ranking n/a)

The biggest ns the français wildcard teams always animate the race marqué the arrival de a new team directeur in Cédric Vasseur has readjusted their approach, with thé fiery sprinter Nacer Bouhanni reduce in favour of his constitue lead-out masculin Christophe Laporte after the pair fell out earlier this season. They don’t have a ideal train pour Laporte, so cette will ont to fend pour himself after thé kilometre-to-go kite. Prior venir that it will be business oui usual: importer a driver in thé break et hope.

Founded 1997 Bike Kuota Manager Cédric Vasseur Sponsor entreprises Financial services

Tours du France 21 Tour wins 0 Stage win 10 Green jerseys 0 King ns the mountains 1 Days in yellow 4

Tour heritage In thé Tour every year since 1997, their 10 phase wins space spread over eight various years. Their most recent come in 2008, since when they ont faced an uphill task mainly because du Bouhanni’s lack du consistency.

Team leader Laporte has a cooler head 보다 Bouhanni et is much more of an all-round dégalité while doing not have his erstwhile team leader explosive speed; it is earned that a string ns wins this année including auto rough-road Tro Bro Léon in Brittany.


Cofidis opted venir pick Christophe Laporte in preference to team-mate Nacer Bouhanni. Photograph: jeans Catuffe/Getty Images

Dimension les données (SA; UCI ranking 18)

It’s to be a tragic season so tarif for this squad with crashes, illness et bad luck an interpretation results ont been few and far between. Relying mainly nous the sprint prowess of marque Cavendish, et a setup i m sorry serves thé Manxman, is typically a guarantee of success marqué when things aller wrong they need riders capable of stepping increase to auto plate and they too, young et old, have faltered. The team requirements at least one stage win to steady auto ship but the la gestion hasn’t shown much direction or trust in Edvald Boasson Hagen, haricot de soja if hey pulls other out thé bag it’ll be a surprise.

Founded 2007 Bike Cervélo Manager Douglas Ryder Sponsor entreprises IT services

Tours ns France 3 Tour wins 0 Stage win 7 Green jerseys 0 King ns the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 1

Tour heritage stage wins in 2015 et 2016 pour Steve Cummings, et last year à la Boasson-Hagen, plus Cavendish’s mainly 2016 (four phase wins and a job in yellow) provide them année enviable record.

Team leader Cavendish is toujours chasing the toutes les personnes time record de Tour stage wins, however the sprinting competition is stronger than ever et his leadout train hasn’t had much practice or, more crucially, form. Cette could be thé return du the Manx missile but he’ll need to take some chances.


Mark Cavendish (left) broke his shoulder after a painful loss at auto end of stage 4 last year. Photograph: ITV4

Direct Énergie (Fr; UCI ranking n/a)

An interesting mix of young et old that will be looking à take their chances where and when they can. They oui some heavy riders prefer Lilian Calmejane, who is a good pari if cette makes cette into the longue range escapes, but their biggest difficulty will be obtaining in une in the life place. A team feather for figurants now the Tommy Voeckler is nous the podium providing out the laurels instead du receiving them cible definitely the one most likely to be chasing auto overall combativity award.

Founded 2000 Bike Wilier Manager Jean-René Bernaudeau Sponsor business electric utility company

Tours de France 18 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 10 Green jerseys 0 King of the montagnes 2 Days in yellow 23

Tour heritage Consistently good la tour performers with constant stage wins, a couple of jerseys and two decent spells in the yellow jersey. But always dependent on Voeckler, who noted most ns the results.

Team leader Sylvain Chavanel, an oldie but a goodie and likely à wear the no 1 for his team because hey comes first alphabetically. Realistically any one de them can be auto homme du jour.


Sylvain Chavanel, who turned 39 in June, is directement Énergie’s team leader. Photograph: chris Graythen/Getty Images

Education FirstDrapac (US; UCI ranking 14)

The surprendre rider du the 2017 Tour aux France returns with thé same setup currently dressed in pink instead of their vault lime green. Not in thé least embarrassed Rigoberto Urán has been deceptively quiet so far this season marqué he was last year too. V his form a mystère anything could happen soja team directeur Jonathan Vaughters, self a bit of a maverick, pouvez well be relying conditions météorologiques Sep Vanmarcke et Taylor Phinney for some early success when the race is in auto north du France.

Founded 2003 Bike Cannondale Manager Jonathan Vaughters Sponsor business International education and learning company/fund la gestion company

Tours de France 13 Tour wins 0 Stage win 8 Green jerseys 0 King de the montails 0 Days in jaune 7

Tour héritage Urán’s phase win et second overall last année changed auto equation parce que le worthy triers who had previously inserted Bradley Wiggins in 3rd in 2009 (after amour Armstrong’s disqualification).

Team leader Urán strolls v life et bike gyeongju with précis apparent stress but pulls the end a super result seulement when did you do it forgotten he’s there. The least excitable southern American you’ll ever meet.


Rigoberto Urán (centre) took seconde overall in critical year’s Tour. Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP

FortuneoSamsic (Fr, UCI ranking n/a)

Having secured thé services de last year’s polka period jersey winner, Warren Barguil, this pro Continental team has actually taken a significant step à being involved in the entreprise end du the decisive mountain stages. However si this year’s results continue down auto same course then they et much ns the loger supporters room going to be disappointed. Your new star has been dreadful and it might well be a revenir to sending males in breaks parce que le some la télé time and the strange combativity prize.

Founded 2005 Bike BH Manager Emmanuel hubert Sponsor business Investment management/Online là parts

Tours du France 4 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 0 Green jerseys 0 King de the montagnes 0 Days in jaune 0

Tour patrimoine Made their la tour debut in 2014 as wildcards et were usual plucky french triers, in the pause every day.

Team leader Barguil came great on toutes les personnes his perceived potential at thé 2017 race, two stage wins, thé mountain classer and tous done with auto kind de panache that had actually the auditeur entranced. Because then thé bubbles seem to oui left his champagne.


Warren Barguil took the polka period jersey at last year’s Tour and now leads the Fortuneo-Samsic team. Photograph: kris Graythen/Getty Images

Groupama–FDJ (Fr; UCI ranking 16)

With no Thibaut Pinot in auto team chasing a GC podium, marc Madiot’s routine will be aiming to instruire Arnaud Démare venir more phase success et quite maybe a serious difficulty in the points classification. His trust is high, cette can rely conditions météorologiques a fine drilled leadout former to place him in auto right place at the right time et he’s no afraid ns a peu of rough and tumble si it’s remotely technical. Arthur Vichot will certainly be expected to participate in proceedings when thé hills come along and a sommet 15 placing in paris is possible – cible a phase win will certainly be more de a priority.

Founded 1997 Bike Lapierre Manager Marc Madiot Sponsor business Insurance company/French national lottery

Tours ns France 21 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 11 Green jerseys 1 King ns the mountains 0 Days in jaune 3

Tour heritage constant stage winners over auto years through a podium carré in 2014 thanks to Pinot, concède some good histrionics from manager Madiot. Have always fabriqué their mark.

Team leader Démare already has one Tour phase win and at the age of 26 he is entering his meilleur years – thé expectation that cette joins thé elite of sprinting is a reasonable wager. Job in the green jersey are on the cards too and if Sagan falters then that knows.

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Arnaud Démare won stage four last year and could feature prominently in bunch sprints. Photograph: chris Graythen/Getty Images

KatushaAlpecin (Swi, UCI ranking 17)

One ns the few gros teams that hasn’t put toutes les personnes its egg in the sprint or GC stock by having année option for each with marcel Kittel and Ilnur Zakarin. However with consistency conditions météorologiques his side ont well ont a much much more presentable profile, Kittel – the big German – has the advantage ns a sprint train that works impeccably. Auto less trustworthy Zakarin could make auto top 10 conditions météorologiques GC marqué don’t be surprised if hey falls off and exits stage left.

Founded 2009 Bike Canyon Manager José Azevedo Sponsor business Russian consortium/German hair products

Tours de France 9 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 7 Green jerseys 0 King ns the montagnes 0 Days in jaune 0

Tour heritage Hit thé jackpot in 2016 v Zakarin’s stage win but were relatively quiet last year with sprinter alexandre Kristoff unable to win a stage.

Team leader Kittel knows comment to win et when ceded in pole position not many personnes are qui peut être of getting past him. It’s more a caisse of how many victories will certainly he volonté rather than if.


Marcel Kittel took phase 11 ns last year Tour et now features parce que le Katusha-Alpecin. Photograph: guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA

Lotto NL–Jumbo (Neth, UCI ranking 11)

Some people were surprised as soon as Dylan Groenewegen won nous the région Élysées critical year marqué he wasn’t among them. Auto young Dutchman is fast, confident and increasingly a surtout threat to thé established sprinters so expect venir hear his name conditions météorologiques a continual basis. Auto squad’s other rising star, et former ski jumper, Primoz Roglic is progressing nicely as well. His climbing has joined his temps trialling and there’s a feeling this year will check out a ideal GC difficulty being mounted. With steven Kruiswijk et Robert Gesink à keep him entreprise in the mountains he’ll be one to watch.

Founded 1984 Bike Bianchi Manager Richard Plugge Sponsor business Dutch national lottery/Dutch supermarket chain

Tours aux France 34 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 50 Green jerseys 2 King ns the Mountains 2 Days in yellow 10

Tour heritage Massively effective through auto 1980s under the Superconfex banner, they enjoyed a strong la tour last year thanks to Groenewegen and Roglic, that should enhance – dramatically – conditions météorologiques his 38th place overall critical year.

Team leader Roglic has steadily got better et this année has taken three stage course victories including auto Tour ns Romandie where hey controlled proceedings v maturity. He won phase 17 last year et finished 38th but I’d expect a surtout jump increase the classification this temps around.


Dylan Groenewegen (centre) rotate 25 last month and already has actually a la tour stage victory à his name. Photograph: Simon Galloway/PA

Lotto Soudal (Bel, UCI ranking 12)

Anywhere else in auto world Lotto Soudal would be the country’s top team – marqué not in Belgium. Yet they no intimidated de their rivals et why would certainly they be as soon as they deserve to rely conditions météorologiques the gros thighs de their sprinter andré Greipel that is a certain threat in any type of bunch kick. Part du the elite when ce comes to the fast men, thé German sit at the back of année impressive grouper who à savoir what they room doing when it comes venir finishing. When that’s not an option they oui Thomas du Gendt to wear down fellow escapees jaune Tiesj Benoot parce que le a sneaky late attack. Ne sont pas GC ambitions but all that counts is being the best Belgian squad.

Founded 1985 Bike Ridley Manager Marc Sergeant Sponsor entreprises Belgian national lottery/Adhesives manufacturer

Tours ns France 31 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 33 Green jerseys 3 King du the montagnes 0 Days in jaune 8

Tour heritage have tended venir target stage wins rather than auto overall apart from in the noughties as soon as Cadel Evans was the leader et managed five days in yellow in 2008. Since Evans’s exit Greipel has actually picked up a healthy series du sprint victories, thé last in 2016.

Team leader Greipel, aka auto Gorilla. Under a scary feather mass ns fast convulsion muscles lies a perfect coherent and intelligent person. He’s obtaining older and slightly slower but you wouldn’t want venir suggest that à his face.


André Greipel last won a la tour stage in 2016 but is a fearsome sprinter nous his day. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Mitchelton-Scott (Aus, UCI ranking 2)

The Australian team comes to thé Tour off the back of an impressive Giro where it was the différent Yates twin, Simon, who sparkled. Now it’s Adam’s turn to wear the number one et hopefully improve nous his fourth place ns 2016 i beg your pardon is feather distinctly possible given his recent runner-up spot at thé Dauphiné. Hell be backed up passant par a solid grouper of riders who are an ext than capable of rivaling their big budget rival whether that’s in the TTT jaune the mountains.

Founded 2011 Bike scott Manager Shayne Bannan Sponsor business Australian wines/Swiss bicycle manufacturer

Tours aux France 6 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 3 Green jerseys 0 King de the montagnes 0 Days in yellow 4

Tour heritage Have accomplished the dunicité feat de taking auto white jersey for best rider under 25 two years running v twin brother Adam et Simon Yates, who finished fourth et seventh in its entirety respectively in 2016 et 2017.

Team leader Adam Yates used venir be considered auto slightly much more explosive de the Yates twins cible after brother Simon’s three phase wins at the Giro ns think that fair à say lock both excellent. A stage win and a sommet five nous GC is clearly possible.


Adam Yates is Mitchelton-Scott’s team leader and took fourth place in thé 2016 Tour. Photograph: Tim ns Waele/Getty Images

Movistar (Sp, UCI ranking 6)

Can you have too much of a good thing? In the caisse of the Spaniards tu can due to the fact that with 3 potential insurance claims to thé team dirigeants position it might well be a boîte of too plenty of chiefs once there’s hard graft and sacrifice venir be done. Alejandro Valverde has been law his normal thing du comfortably winning week-long phase races cible Mikel Landa et Nairo Quintana have been relatively inconspicuous. Too regularly the cours tactics have fallen conditions météorologiques the conservative side and if they room going à win a la tour they’ll need à be a peu more adventurous.

Founded 1980 Bike Canyon Manager Eusebio Unzué Sponsor entreprises Mobile phone entreprise Tours aux France 36 Tour wins 7 Stage win 31 Green jerseys 0 King du the montagnes 1 Days in jaune 73

Tour heritage Goes back to auto 1980s v Pedro Delgado, hit the jackpot in auto early 90s with Miguel Indurain and managed année anonymous win in the 2006 la tour with Óscar Pereiro after Floyd Landis’s drug ban.

Team dirigeants Quintana carries thé badge ns leader cible realistically Landa is on année equal footing. The Colombian gets auto nod as he’s the one with vault GT to win credentials marqué he’ll need his meilleur form seulement to be top dog in his very own team.


Nairo Quintana took thé maillot jusquà pois rouges in 2013. Photograph: Tim aux Waele/Getty Images

Quick-Step Floors (Bel; UCI ranking 1)

The self-proclaimed Wolfpack has the most course wins in auto World la tour this year and with auto eight flat stages more than likely venir end in a bunch acceleration it’s very probable the Belgians will certainly be adding venir that number. Thé reduction in team sizes won’t impact their leadouts at toutes les personnes as also explosive climber Julian Alaphilippe is peut être of 60kph si needs be. Through the le meilleur tactical awareness in a phase finish and Fernando Gaviria thé ever-rising newcomer de the sprinting elite, they could well it is in in the yellow et green jerseys pour a while.

Founded 2003 Bike Specialized Manager Patrick Lefevere Sponsor entreprises Laminate flooring manufacturer

Tours de France 15 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 33 Green jerseys 1 King du the montagnes 2 Days in jaune 10

Tour heritage Prolific phase hunters – marcel Kittel landed five last year antérieur à heading pour Katyusha – when Dan guttin finished ninth et sixth overall in 2016 and 2017. Less about auto overall this year cible the phase wins need to keep coming.

Team leader Gaviria comes to auto Tour currently having been a points classification et four-times phase winner at critical year’s Giro. No afraid de anyone or any reputations he’s auto most interesting sprinter since affichage Cavendish burst nous to auto scene.


Fernando Gaviria won 4 stages at critical year’s Giro. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Sky (GB; UCI ranking 4)

The defending champions room going with a bit of a tempête this year marqué it’s been business oui usual nous the bikes, sauce soja while auto media debates auto team continu its dominance du stage racing. Kris Froome will face more hostility than hey did at thé Giro marqué he seems impervious venir everything thrown his way. If he falters, et that’s unlikely, then there’s Geraint Thomas et Wout Poels waiting in thé wings to take over. The one to watch right here is the young Colombian Egan Bernal who has actually been sensational seulement lately. Any type of one du the ciel line-up can be in jaune at any time cible it’s in parisien that they are really planning for. The favourites à la the win.


Founded 2010 Bike Pinarello Manager Dave Brailsford Sponsor business Satellite broadcaster

Tours du France 8 Tour wins 5 Stage victories 15 Green jerseys 0 King de the montails 1 Days in yellow 77

Tour heritage Controversial admittedly, cible dominant in recent years apart from 2014. Non stage win à la Froome critical year cible Thomas’s prologue victory meant they commander the race parce que le 19 ns the 21 days.

Team dirigeants Chris Froome has actually won every vaste Tour now so his place in history is guaranteed, however there’s the matter de joining the select société that have five la tour victories.


Chris Froome is aiming to win his fourth successive tour – which would certainly make five in all. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Sunweb (Ger; UCI ranking 10)

The development ns Sunweb et Tom Dumoulin aller hand in hand. Not rather at the level du Sky and Movistar, they oui a bien sur vulnerability in the mountains as does your leader but everywhere else they can renforcer a selection. With michael Matthews acquisition some ns the type in the first half du the race the team have the right to cover deux objectives at auto same time. Vert jersey pour the Australian and in thé process protect Dumoulin à la the GC.

Founded 2005 Bike Giant Manager Iwan Spekenbrink Sponsor entreprises Tour operator Tours de France 7 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 15 Green jerseys 1 King of the montagnes 1 Days in jaune 2

Tour heritage Matthews and Warren Barguil created a stellar tour last year with deux stage wins apiece and the green et polka-dot jerseys. That will certainly take some beating.

Team dirigeants Dumoulin arrives at the Tour oui a grand Tour winner et that changes comment seriously hell be watched et how the race will it is in ridden tactically. Thé world time-trial champion has non fear du riding alone and it’s seulement un his high mountain performance which will be a des questions mark. Also: has hey recovered native this year Giro?


Tom Dumoulin winner two tour stages in 2016. Photograph: Atef Safadi/EPA

Trek-Segafredo (US; UCI ranking 15)

Missing a big GC challenger et a top level sprinter, that hard à see je vous demande pardon these males are going to importer out of a la tour which will certainly be a tale of two halves. Classic style pour the tons bit and then proper mountains for the second. It would be easy to discount john Degenkolb from auto harder sprint finishes cible that uses equally to péter Sagan. Bauke Mollema can ride into a haut 10 place marqué competition is fierce with the arrival of some new visages – et the Dutchman no getting any younger. They’ll need to gyeongju smart venir win a stage.

Founded 2011 Bike Trek Manager Luca Guercilena Sponsor entreprise Bicycle manufacturer/Italian coffee brand

Tours de France 7 Tour wins 0 Stage win 5 Green jerseys 0 King ns the mountains 0 Days in jaune 10

Tour heritage It was tous about Fabian Cancellara in the early years –

the Swiss dirige the Tour pour the sapin week in 2012 – et later Alberto Contador flew thé flag in his twilight years. Mollema’s phase win last year was a prime but will certainly be hard venir repeat.

Team dirigeants Mollema is one of those riders that makes the front group in the montails on a constant basis but then doesn’t make it through the suivant selection when thé real GC contenders let rip. And he usually has actually one mauvais day which sees the tumble out of a podium challenge. However the Dutchman is a wily character and a stage win isn’t out of the question.


Bauke Mollema has actually been allow down de inconsistency but a phase win is no implausible. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

UAE Team Emirates (UAE; UCI ranking 13)

After a terrible Giro d’Italia, UAE willing be hope Dan martin and alexandre Kristoff deliver something in line v the budget that’s been committed venir this project. Thé Irishman had actually a negative start to thé season cible things have improved with auto warmer weather and he had actually a promising Dauphine. Thé current europe champion, Kristoff is in a comparable position and still searching parce que le his sommet form. The sapin few stages will certainly need to be good à him otherwise it’ll be toutes les personnes in pour the GC.

Founded 1990 Bike Colnago Manager Giuseppe Saronni Sponsor entreprise Airline lentreprise Tours de France 20 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 13 Green jerseys 2 King du the mountains 0 Days in yellow 2

Tour heritage Started life as the Lampre team, who tended to come to thé Tour worn the end from auto Giro, making the Tour something of an afterthought; in their nouveau guise they thrust Louis Meintjes venir eighth in its entirety last year et will look venir improve again this July.

Team dirigeants Martin has made the la mise en oeuvre from being largely a one day hilly Classic type to become a solid sommet 10 GT rider. His last deux Tours have seen him end up ninth et sixth haricot de soja with that he’ll be aiming parce que le a podium spot. Not ont ridiculous oui it sounds v so au sens propre time trialling.


Dan vigne has two sommet 10 placings in previous Tours. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bel; UCI ranking n/a)

This Belgian outfit provides thé entertainment avant the henchmen event kicks off so expect a homme in every break et a few top 10 sprint results when it’s technical jaune dangerous. They room nothing if not tenacious back a phase win will be a surprise, sauce soja realistically the combativity prize is their du quotidien objective et anything else will certainly be a bonus.

Founded 2008 Bike Cube Manager Jean-François Bourlaert Sponsor entreprises Construction et recycling/construction products supplier

Tours du France 1 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 0 Green jerseys 0 King du the montagnes 0 Days in jaune 0

Tour heritage Last année was their tons appearance and they rode it in the français way, acquiring in the break every day there is no fail and placing guilillume Martin a consistent cible unspectacular 23rd overall.

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Team leader Will be made decision alphabetically jaune maybe Yoann Offredo because he’s French and that’ll importer some media coverage. They peut faire be petit fry swim in the super pond but at the very least you’ll savoir they room present.


Yoann Offredo won the combativity pardonner after phase two du last year Tour. Photograph: LC/Corbis dessus Getty Images