Ag2r la Mondiale (France; UCI ranking 11)

Twenty years back Ag2r to be a wenig known sponsor of a klein regional team but recently they space part of the Tour juni France scenery, und to unterschrift two decades of commitment und steady development they’d love to take just one much more upward step. Castle don’t perform corporate declaration or anything remotely trendy but zeigen them a hill or two und they’re off in search des glory. A squad that realises ns fans come to it is in entertained und that’s what lock provide von being present an all die classifications, environment-friendly jersey excepted. Ns clash des colours would be horrendous deswegen let’s save it authentic.

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Founded 1992 Bicycles aspect Manager Laurent Biondi

Tours dach France 23 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 16 Green jerseys 0 King von the Mountains 0 Days bei yellow 16

Name means in amalgamation von two various financial firms, AG2R and La Mondiale.

Tour heritage Second-place finishes for Jean-Christophe Péraud bei 2014 und Romain Bardet tonnage year are ns finest achievements dafür far des the oldest French team, competing in its 21st continuous Tour.

Team leader Romain Bardet (Fr). Second tonnage year after bei epic Alpine raid he’s been gradually building und maturing right into a potential grand tour winner. Wollen do miscellaneous spectacular – or go under trying.


Romain Bardet: a potential großartiger tour winner. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Astana pro Team (Kazakhstan; UCI ranking 15)

Winners at the Dauphine thanks zu Jakob Fuglsang, with Fabio Aru one year more powerful this dynamic duo might be die dynamite that ignites the GC battle. That plays Batman and who zu sein Robin wollen be decided out an the field though Aru zu sein the apple an team direktor Vinokourov’s eye. They could be pull on up an baby blue und have what aussehen like a Teletubbies’ sun stuck ~ above them yet don’t forget this organisation oase won the overall three mal before. Seriously solid squad through no soft centre – they can well it is in minted in Paris.

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Founded 2007 Bicycles Argon 18 Manager Alexandr Vinokourov

Tours dach France 16 Tour wins 2 Stage victories 9 Green jerseys 0 King des the Mountains 0 Days bei yellow 32

Name means Astana zu sein the capital des Kazakhstan, and deshalb a gruppe of providers working in the automobile retail und real legacy sectors.

Tour heritage Took end the team formerly recognized as Liberty Seguros an 2006 and immediately plunged into controversy following Alexandre Vinokourov’s hopeful drugs test bei 2007. Alberto Contador, in 2009, and Vincenzo Nibali in 2014 both won the Tour in their colours.

Team leader Fabio Aru (Ita). Italy’s rising star lost his way for a while but he’s back on ns warpath again. Never ever afraid des anyone or your reputation if yes sir a GC fight hell be involved weist some stage.


Fabio Aru (in blue) is rückseitig on the warpath again. Photograph: peter Dejong/AP

Bahrain Merida (Bahrain; UCI ranking 12)

Without their huge signing Vincenzo Nibali this neu team beginning its zuerst Tour with no realistic podium ambitions. Jon Izaguirre will be looking zum a solid oberteil 10 und maybe sneak a phase win along the way but otherwise it’s animation und TV time spent an long division that möchte be ns orders each morning. Castle may oase the money but it would be ambitious kommen sie expect many von Nibali’s support riders to mix that with die big men when the GC gyeongju starts. 3 weeks von non-alcoholic champagne awaits.

Founded 2016 Bicycles Merida Manager Brent Copeland

Tours de France 0 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 0 Green jerseys 0 King des the Mountains 0 Days bei yellow 0

Name means Bahrain refers to ns country, whose government funds the team. Merida, die co-title sponsor, make their bicycles.

Tour heritage None. They do up weil das that an meaningful sportswear, your “Bahraini Red” shirts with “Sea Blue” sleeves featuring circles that “represent ns dynamic motion towards victory”.

Team leader Sonny Colbrelli (Ita). Can well surprise in the much more technical sprint finishes however unless it’s hectic, dangerous und he surfs one more leadout train perfectly to a good lage he’ll be watching exactly how it’s done from the second-row seats.


Sonny Colbrelli: can surprise an the technological sprint finishes. Photograph: Sebastien Nogier/EPA

BMC Racing team (United States; UCI ranking 2)

Finally BMC have got the formula right zum their leader Richie Porte. No much more sharing und no more caring zum the little Australian: this has to be the year that delivers ns killer blows. Everyone has one goal and they every know die drill: watch after Richie, clock what Sky und Movistar do und no sleeping down die back. Here zu win and if that method putting even die Olympic champion Greg ventil Avermaet on ns front then dafür be it. Classy, structured, beautifully presented und a podium is the minimum expected.

Founded 2007 Bicycles BMC Manager Allan Peiper

Tours außerdem France 7 Tour wins 1 Stage victories 4 Green jerseys 0 King des the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 7

Name means BMC is bei acronym zum Bicycle production Company. It’s a company that manufactures bicycles, based in Grenchen, Switzlerland.

Tour heritage Cadel Evans’ victory bei 2011 stands together their greatest achievement, however there have also been two 5th places for Tejay ventil Garderen.

Team leader Richie Porte (Aus). Following die 2017 script then it’ll take a significant assault kommen sie scupper Richie Porte’s ambitions to stand on the top step bei Paris. Everyone wins will have to out climb and out time trial him. Great luck with that.


BMC have zum the formula right for leader Richie Porte. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Bora - Hansgrohe (Germany; UCI ranking 8)

Picture the rainbow jersey winning a reisen stage, include a peter Sagan celebration und it’s a complement made in heaven for sponsors, fans und a news-hungry media. Two-time finest climber rafa Majka mögen a laugh too, deshalb all in all those significant Germans at ns kitchen manufacturing facility must be wonder how come they’ve unable to do from dour to flowers an one season. With a core of riders capable of putting both stars an the right place at ns right time this team quietly goes around its business until die price ist right.

Founded 2010 Bicycles devoted Manager Ralph Denk

Tours dach France 2 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 0 Green jerseys 0 King des the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 0

Name means Bora space a Bavarian manufacturer des extractor fans, when Hansgrohe ist one of the world’s top producers des shower heads, deshalb based bei Germany.

Tour heritage The mannschaft formerly well-known as NetApp-Endura und then Bora-Argon 18 to be wildcards in 2014 und returned tonnage year, but schutz since significantly strengthened.

Team leader peter Sagan (Svk). Who doesn’t privately wish castle were together talented, likeable and successful as the reigning world Champion? ns question is not: “Is the going kommen sie win die Green jersey?” but: “Have ns Tour organisers bothered bringing any type of other sizes?”


Peter Sagan (left): talented, likeable and successful. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Cannondale Drapac (United States; UCI ranking 14)

If recent form is anything to go über then this can be die year the argyle i do not care trendy again. The taken a lang time but the American squad has rediscovered winning after ~ amassing more than your fair re-superstructure of badewanne luck, bad form and bad crashes. Talansky, Uran und Rolland ought to make the zuerst selection when ns mountain skirmishes begin, regrettably it’s anyone’s guess what happens next. Little bit of an unknown zum Taylor Phinney also but hinweisen least there’s that magnificent moustache.

Founded 2003 Bicycles Cannondale Manager jonathan Vaughters

Tours juni France 12 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 7 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days bei yellow 7

Name method Cannondale do bicycles in America, where Drapac invests in real heritage or, together they placed it, “are a residential property funds management unternehmen that identify value with unorthodox means”.

Tour heritage They have never gott a rider onto the podium, yet they have come close, taking christian Vande Velde und Bradley Wiggins zu fourth place in 2008 und 2009 respectively.

Team leader Andrew Talansky (USA). Good in America, good in one-week races now it’s beginning kommen sie feel prefer the grand Tour podium is no longer an reach. Usually wenn off weist some point deswegen he needs to bounce better and back.

Andrew Talansky (left) needs zu bounce better. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

Cofidis, options Credits (France; UCI ranking: wildcard)

Operating at jeden Continental level, Cofidis will be hard pressed to have a lasting influence on any kind of classification however it won’t be zum the want of trying. They’ll placed a rider an every break, attack at every lamppost und then wie man that tactic for sure fails in the zuerst week ns guys not on to escape duty will be feather after their pocket rocket Nacer Bouhanni. Und if they execute a good arbeit of place him in the final action then he nur needs to keep his cool. Yeah right.

Founded 1997 Bicycles Orbea Manager Yvon Sanquer

Tours de France 20 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 10 Green jerseys 0 King of the mountains 1 Days in yellow 4

Name method Cofidis ist a French agency offering customer loans, or credit transaction solutions, if sie will.

Tour legacy Ever-present in the reisen since 1997, your 10 phase wins have come an eight various years. Their many recent was in 2008, since wie man their stern has waned.

Team leader Nacer Bouhanni (Fra). You know exactly how they speak cyclists can not fight, fine don’t walk spouting that kommen sie Bouhanni or he’ll have you. If any des the anger management training ever sinks an then that will be ns day the air gets punched in victory.

Nacer Bouhanni: needs zu keep his cool. Photograph:

Direct kräfte (France; UCI ranking: wildcard)

Bring on ns youngsters since it’s almost over zum the name we’ve heard of. However alt they are, thomas Voeckler und Sylvain Chavanel will nur what entertaining ns home fan is every about. No they i will not ~ be bei every break, the others can do that, but the ones lock infiltrate möchte know about it. Masters of deception and cunning don’t kommen sie any wiser und give either von them bei inch and that wollen be that.

Founded 2000 Bicycles BH Manager Jean-René Bernaudeau

Tours außerdem France 17 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 9 Green jerseys 0 King von the hills 2 Days in yellow 23

Name means Direct energie – you kann sein translate it yourself – wollen provide all your gas and electricity needs. Deshalb long together you’re bei France.

Tour heritage Their history ist intertwined through Voeckler’s – he has spent 17 years bei the team und is responsible zum 20 des their 23 days bei yellow, separation 10 apiece betwee 2004 and 2011, when he finished fourth.

Team leader Thomas Voeckler (Fra). An additional swansong zum the lord des many faces. The do every little thing possible weil das another day in Yellow yet being a realist, a stage möchte be a fitting goodbye.

Thomas Voeckler: master von deception and cunning. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

FDJ (France; UCI ranking 16)

Marc Madiot’s team ist one des the few GC squads that blieb contains a severe sprinter. Arnaud Demare might not be the erste name ns springs zu mind but weist the ende of a lang hard stage he can be a nasty surprise zum the other schon fast men. Thibault Pinot on ns other hand is a nennen every French housewife recognises. Emotions will run high if die darling of france is in the front despite it remains zu be seen exactly how he’s recovered after ns Giro.

Founded 1997 Bicycles Lapierre Manager Marc Madiot

Tours juni France 20 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 10 Green jerseys 1 King des the mountains 0 Days bei yellow 3

Name method The team, briefly known as FDJeux for a couple des years bei the noughties, ist sponsored von Française des Jeux, i m sorry operates the French national lottery.

Tour legacy France’s favourite team took a stage win an their first year two decades back und have choose them trost regularly thereafter, with Pinot sending out their ambitions spiralling through a third-place finish bei 2014.

Team leader Thibault Pinot (Fra). There is no quite gott the form balance bolzen climbing and time trialling right however there will be tears wie man he does. A totality nation’s expectations weigh greatly at times but the is ausblüten a great bet zum the podium.

Thibault Pinot: a country expectations weigh heavily. Photograph: Alain Grosclaude/AFP/Getty Images

Fortuneo-Vital principle (France; UCI ranking: wildcard)

A third Tour anfang for ns lowest ranked team des the race und up until jetzt they performed together expected. Lock try. But don’t laugh because they perform what they kann sein with what lock have and that’s an excellent enough to make ns break part days, challenge for a couple of climbs and generally notfall disgrace us totally. It’s a cruel, hard sport und getting a kicking most days zum not a lot isn’t pleasant. Every they want ist some recognition and lots of airtime.

Founded 2005 Bicycles Look Manager Emmanuel Hubert

Tours juni France Three Tour wins 0 Stage win 0 Green jerseys 0 King von the mountains 0 Days an yellow 0

Name method Fortuneo is bei online bank, while crucial Concept – notfall to be confused with ns London-based web design company – offer agricultural and equestrian equipment. Both, like the cycling team, room based bei Brittany. Their new name, Fortuneo-Oscaro, has notfall been officially evidenced – Oscaro sells auto parts online.

Tour heritage An originally amateur team turned professional bei 2005 und made its außerhalb des spiels debut bei 2014. Their many interesting momente so far came when eduardo Sepúlveda was disqualified bei 2015 for hitching a lift in another team car.

Team leader Maxime Bouet (Fra). Devoted nerds wollen know that used kommen sie be hinweisen World außerhalb des spiels level through Ag2r then Quick-Step, now he’s a team leader. Solid, dependable and this möchte be his sixth TdF. That didn’t end up his last one.

Maxime Bouet: solid and dependable. Photograph: Tim außerdem Waele/Corbis via getty Images

Lotto Soudal (Belgium; UCI ranking 17)

Cycling is tribal in Belgium und if freundin prefer red kommen sie blue then the choice is made easier as both World tour teams are havens des sprinting prowess. Uneven their large rivals over hinweisen Quickstep castle don’t success as often, but wie they execute it’s usually großartiger Tour stages und it’s usually many thanks to ns thunderous thighs des Andre Greipel. When the schon fast stuff zu sein over then they schutz plenty of guys undaunted by four hrs into a headwind, hill pass included. N’est ce pas Thomas juni Gendt?

Founded 1985 Bicycles Ridley Manager Marc Sargeant

Tours juni France 30 Tour wins 0 Stage win 33 Green jerseys 3 King von the hills 0 Days an yellow 8

Name means A Belgian-based team, the lotto refers zu Belgium’s lottery, while Soudal zu sein “a global leader an sealants, foams und adhesives”.

Tour legacy Cadel Evans’ five-day stint in 2008 is the only time a lotto Soudal rider has actually spent an ext than 24 hours in yellow, however 33 wins over 30 year represents exceptional history.

Team leader Andre Greipel (Ger). Win on the Champs Elysees an 2016 saved a disappointing Tour von his standards, however he i will not ~ be wanting zu wait that long into ns race to open his account this year. Liege will it is in the zuerst rendezvous zum this member des the sprinting royalty.

Andre Greipel (centre): sprinting royalty. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Team lotto NL - Jumbo (Netherlands; UCI ranking 10)

A heavy mix of experience and youth make hoch a team that quite frequently springs a surprise. Primoz Roglic has had bei impressive record bei the time trials this season, george Bennett won the Tour of California und Dylan Groenewegen zu sein coming into form as 2 sprint to win at die Tour of Norway indicate. V some guidance from men like robert Gesink this ist a formation which ought to be current on every terrain.

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Founded 1984 Bicycles Bianchi Manager Richard Plugge

Tours außerdem France 33 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 48 Green jerseys 2 King von the hills 2 Days in yellow 10

Name way The dritter lottery-funded team, this one is powered von the Dutch version – ns letters N und L were added kommen sie the nennen to protect against confusion – and by ns supermarket chain Jumbo.

Tour heritage Enjoyed biggest success under die sponsorship von Rabobank, between 1996 and 2012, a duration since tainted by doping-related revelations.

Team leader Primoz Roglic (Slv): Used kommen sie be a ski jumper and was welt junior champion no less. 183 metres was his finest distance, however nowadays he mögen a longer time flying along on his own. Watch this space.

Primoz Roglic: used zu be a ski jumper. Photograph: Luca Zennaro/EPA

Team sky (Great Britain; UCI ranking 4)

The defending champions need to be hoping die change from schwarze farbe to white jerseys also cleans nach oben their fortunes ~ a challenging period on and off ns bikes. Dafür far it’s been a negative year reasonably speaking weil das the GC riders too und though Michal Kwiatkowski has been mainly everyone seems kommen sie be hitting ns deck an ext than dave Brailsford’s targets. Froome, Landa und Thomas have some hard days ahead but Sky still anfang as the mannschaft to beat.

Founded 2009 Bicycles Pinarello Manager Dave Brailsford

Tours de France 7 Tour wins 4 Stage win 14 Green jerseys 0 King of the hills 1 Days in yellow 58

Name method Sky refers zu a brother satellite tv subscription service, and to the particular kind of blue thinking that has sustained their success.

Tour heritage The long blue present on this year’s kit each represent a tour win, and there are a few von them: Sky schutz won four of the last five Tours.

Team leader: Chris Froome (GB). No wins yet however this zu sein the just race the matters. Will have to be on his best form and, even then, if die others gang up ~ above Sky choose they did zu BMC at die Dauphine there’ll be trouble at mill.

Chris Froome: some difficult days ahead. Photograph: peter Dejong/AP

Team Sunweb (Germany; UCI ranking 7)

On a high after tom Dumoulin’s Giro victory dafür they’ll be hoping some des that rubs turn off on michael Matthews and Warren Barguil. Die former zu sein one des the few riders who kann take on peter Sagan bei a punchy finish and the latter kann sein climb in the front kopieren, gruppe but it’s to be a while due to the fact that he’s been punkt his best. No matter they’ll ausblüten be laugh all the way through kommen sie Paris and if they do win a stage or oase a jersey to defend for a while then that wollen be aufgabe accomplished.

Founded 2005 Bicycles Giant Manager Iwan Spekenbrink

Tours dach France 6 Tour wins 0 Stage win 11 Green jerseys 0 könig of ns Mountains 0 Days in yellow 2

Name means Sunweb zu sein a netherlands package holiday company, making your sponsorship debut this year after acquisition over indigenous Giant-Alpecin.

Tour heritage Have won hinweisen least one stage an each von the last four years, with Marcel Kittel taking four each bei 2013 und 2014 und Tom Dumoulin two last year.

Team leader Michael Matthews (Aus). Stepped out von his cosy Aussie surroundings to join Sunweb and it hasn’t taken long weil das him kommen sie settle down to some solid results. Ausblüten on in upward trajectory, but dafür is that male Sagan.

Michael Matthews (left): on in upward trajectory. Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

Movistar mannschaft (Spain; UCI ranking 3)

If Alejandro Valverde continues bei the same way he has started this season then the Tour could schutz a neu oldest winner. Firmin Lambot kann sein rest slightly less complicated knowing the It’s not likely given die Spaniard usually has actually one deadly day in the mountains zu scupper his chances. And there room lots von mountains. That’s where Nairo Quintana measures into die leadership role und does what Colombians carry out best. With Movistar the theory is always impeccable, ns tactics clues on and the zurück up kommen sie make that happen in place. Walk on Nairo, what are you waiting for?

Founded 1980 Bicycles Canyon Manager Eusebio Unzué

Tours dach France 35 Tour wins 7 Stage win 31 Green jerseys 0 King of the mountains 1 Days bei yellow 73

Name method Movistar zu sein the biggest mobile phone call operator in Spain, owned von the same firm that operates 02 in the UK.

Tour heritage Miguel Indurain’s 5 back-to-back wins an the 1990s, wie man the mannschaft raced under the benennen Banesto, placed them among ns big boys.

Team leader Nairo Quintana (Col): die lightweight climber zu sein oft criticised zum waiting until the last climb, not attacking enough, talk a defensive race. With deshalb few time trials and some epic passes zu negotiate his opportunities are good.

Nairo Quintana: what are freundin waiting for? Photograph: Fabio Ferrari/AP

Orica - Scott (Australia; UCI ranking 5)

Normally this australian outfit would certainly throw itself weist the zuerst week of racing, get noticed and then sit back and enjoy die memories. However with two des the finest young riders an the peloton an Esteban Chaves und the other Yates twin, Simon, they’ll it is in involved in the GC all gyeongju long. Both are little bit inexperienced however the bar has to be set hinweisen fourth and the White jersey belastung year (thanks to Adam Yates) and they’ll it is in expecting nothing less.

Founded 2011 Bicycles Scott Manager Shayne Bannan

Tours dach France 5 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 3 Green jerseys 0 king of die Mountains 0 Days in yellow 4

Name way Orica, “the world’s biggest provider of commercial explosives und innovative blasting systems”, have announced the their sponsorship will ende this year. Which must schutz been a bombshell.

Tour heritage Short, however Esteban Chaves’s 2nd place bei last year Giro d’Italia suggested good mal to come. He provides his reisen debut this year.

Team leader Simon Yates (GB): A contempt more explosive version des brother Adam yet equally talented when it comes zu climbing. One to watch weil das sure.

Simon Yates: inexperienced however one zu watch. Photograph: haver Etxezarreta/EPA

Quick-Step Floors (Belgium; UCI ranking 1)

As suits their classic tendencies die World’s best team will it is in taking sachen one day punkt a time. Zuerst rendezvous Liege and despite leave Germany Marcel Kittel will be expected zu deliver in epic sprint. Controlling the race to make certain that happens möchte be ns team’s job on every other level day too. Belgians like things orderly dafür Dan martin will it is in expected kommen sie finish an the top ten von GC and Philippe Gilbert win at least one stage. I tun können see no reason why that won’t happen.

Founded 2003 Bicycles Specialized Manager Patrick Lefevere

Tours juni France 14 Tour wins 0 Stage win 28 Green jerseys 1 King von the hills 2 Days in yellow 10

Name way Quick-Step, a manufacturer of laminate flooring, is enjoying its zuerst year as single title sponsors, allowing it zu add die explanatory native “floors” zu the mannschaft name.

Tour heritage Dan Martin’s 9th place belastung year was ns team’s all-time best general group finish, but its taste aim ist stages.

Team leader Marcel Kittel (Ger). Monumentally sleek, die big German gives lots des shelter deshalb his back wheel is the one all die other sprinters want kommen sie be on bei the belastung 200m. Climate they pop out and the realisation hits them the his hair really ist styled über speed.

Marcel Kittel (centre): monumentally sleek. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Team Dimension charme (South Africa; UCI ranking 18)

Things nur haven’t been adding up zum the African squad this year. Illness und injury have plagued their star riders und it’s to be a lang road zu recovery. However they’re zurück at the event wherein they make names zum themselves and that always inspires. A spell in the Polka period jersey möchte be enough for daniel Teklehaimanot however Edvald Boasson hagen needs zu reboot his job otherwise hell be joining die rank und file punkt the leistungen of ns Manx missile. They tun können leave steve Cummings alone at the back, he is planning a unique day out.

Founded 2007 Bicycles Cervelo Manager Douglas Ryder

Tours dach France 2 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 6 Green jerseys 0 King of the mountains 0 Days an yellow 1

Name way Dimension dünn are bei IT company. Until tonnage year they were known as mannschaft Dimension charme for Qhubeka, Qhubeka being a bicycle-related african charity, however they trimmed it because the public assumed having actually their name on a Tour mannschaft meant Qhubeka were deswegen rich they no longer required donations.

Tour legacy Mark Cavendish winner four und Stephen Cummings an additional as Dimension data won in eyebrow-raising 24% of belastung year’s 21 stages.

Team leader Mark Cavendish (GB). With a lack von racing, it’ll either walk spectacularly well or quite badly zum Cav. One thing is zum sure he’ll be fresh und raring kommen sie break verwirbelt Merckx’s record of 34 stage wins yet it just might not be this year.

Mark Cavendish: lack of racing. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

Team Katusha Alpecin (Switzerland; UCI ranking 9)

As a previous world tt champion Tony martin knows all around pain which ist just too because destiny awaits an Dusseldorf. Someone will be in yellow und everyone expects it’ll be the likeable German. No press then. Katusha i will not ~ be troubling ns GC and as a an outcome there möchte be even more stress weil das the acceleration leadout kommen sie get it right for Alexander Kristoff. If that goes badly they’ll be rewarded v bathing in caffeine shampoo morning, noon and night.

Founded 2009 Bicycles Canyon Manager José Azevdo

Tours außerdem France 8 Tour wins 0 Stage win 7 Green jerseys 0 King von the mountains 0 Days an yellow 0

Name method Katusha do sporty clothes, and Alpecin make caffeine-based shampoo sold, at least in Great Britain, together “German engineering zum your hair”. Katusha, or Katyusha, ist a diminutive des the Russian name Ekaterina. The team are notfall to be puzzled with Katyusha rockets launchers, despite they are nearly as fast.

Tour heritage Originally a Russian team, they oase now moved to Switzerland and rebranded together “a solid international project”. Five stage wins in the last three years space promising.

Team leader Alexander Kristoff (Nor). Practically as great as Kittlel, Cavendish and Greipel; if sachen go well then he to know he can win a stage. But those various other pesky sprinters aren’t at all intimidated über his presence.

Alexander Kristoff: potential stage winner. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Trek - Segafredo (United States; UCI ranking 6)

All the planning, patience und build nach oben has to be leading to what may well it is in Contador’s final chance of another reise victory. It’ll be an overwhelming though together Porte has actually progressed and the Spaniard hasn’t ever before cracked Froome an July. Bauke Mollema comes bei as his ultimate lieutenant however they don’t have the exact same depth as Movistar and Sky in the mountains. Gift isolated has never bothered Contador before and it won’t now. One miscalculation native his rivals and they’ll be chasing a lang time.

Founded 2011 Bicycles Trek Manager Luca Guercilena

Tours außerdem France 6 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 4 Green jerseys 0 King of the hills 0 Days an yellow 10

Name method Trek create bicycles in America; Segafredo produce an ext than 50 million cups of espresso a day.

Tour heritage Fabian Cancellara is single-handedly responsible for seven des their 10 days bei yellow, having led the Tour weil das the zuerst week an 2012. Two-time winner Alberto Contador’s reisen heritage zu sein impeccable.

Team leader Alberto Contador (Esp). Ten year at the top zu sein beginning kommen sie take its toy fee on the man from Madrid, however ns big rendezvous room what drives him und you suspect there’s one an ext GT win zu come. An oldie but a goodie.

Alberto Contador (right): in oldie however a goodie. Photograph: Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images

UAE mannschaft Emirates (United Arab Emirates; UCI ranking 13)

The previous Lampre set-up conserved from extinction by a tonnage minute Emirati takeover. Most des their focus ist on Italian roads und so far there’s to be nothing much to scream about. Ben Swift will be offered some liberty otherwise their taste concern möchte be keeping Meintjes out des trouble and in sight of a oberteil ten finish.

Founded 1991 Bicycles Colnago Manager Carlo Saronni

Tours juni France 19 Tour wins 0 Stage to win 13 Green jerseys 2 King of the hills 0 Days an yellow 2

Name method Significant Emirati investment. Since last year Lampre have been bought von a Chinese consortium, rescued by in Abu Dhabi individual und finally sponsored von Emirates airline.

Tour heritage They “aim zu be a top-three team within 3 years” yet after one stage win in the tonnage six years it zu sein a far-off goal.

Team leader Louis Meintjes (Rsa). Bailed out des MTN wie man they recruited markierung Cavendish and it’s to be a way move zum the young south African. Loses concentration und drifts zu the back too often yet there’s naught wrong with his climbing an abilities although sie barely an alert he’s usually in the former group.

Louis Meintjes: drifts kommen sie the back too often. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images

Wanty–Groupe Gobert (Belgium; UCI ranking: wildcard)

In die competition zu attack ~ above every stage und never mind what’s on ns menu the day. Nobody weil das the GC or the sprints or any von the jerseys really but you’ll know they are in the race even if the all turns out to be eventually futile. Comes from the land of ns kermesse they’ll fight weil das every Euro.

Founded 2008 Bicycles Cube Manager Jean-François Bourlart

Tours dach France 0 Tour wins 0 Stage win 0 Green jerseys 0 king of ns Mountains 0 Days bei yellow 0

Name means The Gobert kopieren, gruppe sell building and construction materials, and Wanty – founded von Maurice Wanty in 1946 – make stuff using them. Und other materials, probably.

Tour legacy None whatsoever. The team und all nine von their riders room dipping your toes bei the außerhalb des spiels pool zum the very first time.

Team leader Yoann Offredo (Fra). Worthy yet don’t expect any kind of cigars, or champagne zum that matter. Like die rest von the squad hell be out front provided the gelegenheit it’s just that die others with him are normally stronger.

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Yoann Offredo: worthy, yet don’t expect any kind of cigars. Photograph: LC/Corbis via getty ImagesThis article was amended on 28 June 2017 zu correct die year Cadel Evans won ns Tour.