Tour de France 2017: full team-by-team navigate

Introducing this years squads: the leaders, the heritage and the figures to watch out for

Ag2r La Mondiale( France; UCI ranking 11)

Twenty years ago Ag2r were a little known sponsor of a small regional crew but nowadays they are part of the Tour de France backdrop, and to recognize two decades of commitment and steady advance theyd love to take only one more upward stair. They dont do corporate evidences or anything remotely classy but show them a mound or two and theyre off in search of beauty. A force that realises the fans come to be entertained and thats what they supply by being present in all the classifications, green t-shirt excepted. The skirmish of emblazons would be ghastly so lets keep it authentic.

Founded 1992 Bicycles Factor Manager Laurent Biondi

Tours de France 23 Tour wins 0 Stage success 16 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Epoch in yellowed 16

Name symbolizes An amalgamation of two different fiscal conglomerates, AG2R and La Mondiale.

Tour heritage Second-place finishes for Jean-Christophe Praud in 2014 and Romain Bardet last year are the finest accomplishments so far of the oldest French unit, rivalling in its 21 st consecutive Tour.

Team leader Romain Bardet( Fr ). Second last year after an epic Alpine raid hes been slowly construct and maturing into a potential Grand tour winner. Will do something fantastic or is down trying.

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Romain Bardet: a potential Grand tour winner. Picture: Philippe Lopez/ AFP/ Getty Images

Astana Pro Team( Kazakhstan; UCI ranking 15)

Winners at the Dauphine thanks to Jakob Fuglsang, with Fabio Aru 1 year stronger this dynamic duo could be the dynamite that ignites the GC battle. Who plays Batman and who is Robin will be decided out in the field though Aru is the apple in unit manager Vinokourovs eye. They might be dressed up in baby blue and have what looks like a Teletubbies sun stuck on them but dont forget this organisation have won the overall three times before. Earnestly strong crew with no soft core they could well be minted in Paris.

Founded 2007 Bicycles Argon 18 Manager Alexandr Vinokourov

Tours de France 16 Tour wins 2 Stage success 9 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Daylight in yellow-bellied 32

Name makes Astana is the capital of Kazakhstan, and also a group of business working in the car retail and real estate sectors.

Tour heritage Took over the team formerly known as Liberty Seguros in 2006 and immediately jumped into contention following Alexandre Vinokourovs positive medications experiment in 2007. Alberto Contador, in 2009, and Vincenzo Nibali in 2014 both won the Tour in their colours.

Team commander Fabio Aru( Ita ). Italys rising star lost his channel for a while but hes back on the warpath again. Never afraid of anyone or their honour if theres a GC fight hell be involved at some stage.

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Fabio Aru( in blue) is back on the warpath again. Photo: Peter Dejong/ AP

Bahrain Merida( Bahrain; UCI ranking 12)

Without their large-scale signing Vincenzo Nibali this new crew starts its first Tour with no realistic podium ambitions. Jon Izaguirre will be looking for a solid pinnacle 10 and maybe sneak a stage win along the way but otherwise its living and Tv time spent in long breaks that will be the orders each morning. They may have the money but it would be ambitious to expect many of Nibalis support riders to mix it with the big people when the GC racing starts. Three weeks of 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 of the Mountains 0 Days in yellowish 0

Name means Bahrain refers to the country, whose authority funds the team. Merida, the co-title patron, make their bicycles.

Tour heritage None. They make up for that in meaningful sportswear, their Bahraini Red shirts with Sea Blue sleeves featuring cliques that represent the dynamic motion towards victory.

Team manager Sonny Colbrelli( Ita ). Might well surprise in the more technological sprint finishes but unless its hectic, hazardous and he surfs another leadout civilize perfectly to a good location hell be watching how its done from the second-row seats.

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Sonny Colbrelli: could surprise in the technological sprint finishes. Photo: Sebastien Nogier/ EPA

BMC Racing Team( United States; UCI ranking 2)

Finally BMC have got the formula right for their lead Richie Porte. No more sharing and no more caring for the little Australian: this has to be its first year he gives the killer punches. Everyone has one goal and they all know the drill: look after Richie, watch what Sky and Movistar do and no sleeping down the back. Here to prevail and if that entails putting even the Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet on the front then so be it. Classy, structured, beautifully presented and a rostrum is the minimum expected.

Founded 2007 Bicycles BMC Manager Allan Peiper

Tours de France 7 Tour wins 1 Stage wins 4 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Date in yellowish 7

Name symbolizes BMC is an acronym for Bicycle Manufacturing Company. Its a company that fabricates bicycles, based in Grenchen, Switzlerland.

Tour heritage Cadel Evans victory in 2011 stands as their greatest accomplishment, but there have also been two fifth regions for Tejay van Garderen.

Team governor Richie Porte( Aus ). Following the 2017 write then itll take a serious assault to scupper Richie Portes desires to stand on the top step in Paris. Whoever prevails will have to out climbing and out season experiment him. Good luck with that.

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

Bora – Hansgrohe( Germany; UCI ranking 8)

Picture the rainbow jersey prevailing a Tour stage, include a Peter Sagan celebration and its a accord built in heaven for patronizes, devotees and a news-hungry media. Two-time good climber Rafa Majka likes a chortle very, so all in all those serious Germans at the kitchen factory must be wondering how come theyve croaked from gloomy to buds in one season. With a core group of equestrians capable of putting both superstars in the best place at the right time this team quietly departs about its business until the rate is right.

Founded 2010 Bicycles Specialized Manager Ralph Denk

Tours de France 2 Tour wins 0 Stage success 0 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Period in yellowed 0

Name makes Bora are a Bavarian manufacturer of extractor love, while Hansgrohe is one of countries around the world producing the manufacturers of shower heads, too based in Germany.

Tour heritage The crew formerly known as NetApp-Endura and then Bora-Argon 18 were wildcards in 2014 and returned last year, but have since greatly strengthened.

Team ruler Peter Sagan( Svk ). Who doesnt secretly wish they were as talented, likeable and successful as the predominating World Champion? The question is not: Is he going to acquire the Green jersey? but: Have the Tour organisers inconvenienced drawing any other sizes?

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

Cannondale Drapac( United States; UCI ranking 14)

If recent chassis is anything to go by then this could be the year that argyle grows trendy again. Its taken a long time but the American squad has rediscovered prevailing after amassing more than their fair share of tough luck, bad form and bad crashes. Talansky, Uran and Rolland must be made to become the first collection when the mountain spats begin, regrettably its anyones guess what happens next. Bit of an unknown for Taylor Phinney likewise but at least theres that magnificent moustache.

Founded 2003 Bicycles Cannondale Manager Jonathan Vaughters

Tours de France 12 Tour wins 0 Stage success 7 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Date in yellowish 7

Name necessitates Cannondale make bicycles in America, where Drapac invests in real estate or, as they made it, are a dimension stores management business that specifies importance through unconventional means.

Tour heritage They have never got a equestrian onto the rostrum, but they have come close, taking Christian Vande Velde and Bradley Wiggins to fourth place in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

Team president Andrew Talansky( USA ). Good in America, good in one-week hastens now its beginning to feel like the Grand Tour podium is no longer in reach. Typically falls off at some place so he needs to rebound more effective and back.

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

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

Operating at Pro Continental level, Cofidis will be hard pressed to have a persistent force on any classification but it wont be for the requirement of trying. Theyll employed a rider in every smash, attack at every lamppost and then when that tactic unavoidably neglects in the first week the people not on flee function will be looking after their pocket rocket Nacer Bouhanni. And if they do a good job of placing him in the final act then he only needs to keep his cool. Yeah right.

Founded 1997 Bicycles Orbea Manager Yvon Sanquer

Tours de France 20 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 10 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 1 Era in yellow-bellied 4

Name necessitates Cofidis is a French company offering purchaser loans, or ascribe answers, if you will.

Tour heritage Ever-present in the Tour since 1997, their 10 stage acquires have come in eight different times. Their recently released was in 2008, since when their star has waned.

Team leader Nacer Bouhanni( Fra ). You know how “theyre saying” cyclists cant push, well dont travel gushing that to Bouhanni or hell have you. If any of the feeling handling develop ever drops in then that will be the working day the breath get punched in victory.

Nacer
Nacer Bouhanni: needs to keep his cool. Image: SWpix.com/ Rex/ Shutterstock

Direct Energie( France; UCI ranking: wildcard)

Bring on the youngsters because its virtually over for the appoints weve is aware of. Nonetheless old-time they are, Thomas Voeckler and Sylvain Chavanel will show what entertaining the home fans is all about. No they wont be used in every flout, the others can do that, but the ones they infiltrate will know about it. Captains of subterfuge and cunning dont come any wiser and make either of them an inch and that will be that.

Founded 2000 Bicycles BH Manager Jean-Ren Bernaudeau

Tours de France 17 Tour wins 0 Stage success 9 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 2 Epoch in yellowed 23

Name symbolizes Direct Energie you are able to restate it yourself will provide all your gas and energy motives. So long as youre in France.

Tour heritage Their biography is intertwined with Voecklers he has spent 17 times in the team and is responsible for 20 of their 23 epoches in yellowish, divided 10 apiece between 2004 and 2011, when he finished fourth.

Team captain Thomas Voeckler( Fra ). Another swansong for the lord of many faces. Hed do everything possible for another date in Yellow but being a realist, a stage is gonna be a fitting goodbye.

Thomas
Thomas Voeckler: master of hypocrisy and wily. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/ AFP/ Getty Images

FDJ( France; UCI ranking 16)

Marc Madiots team is one of the few GC squads that still enclose a serious sprinter. Arnaud Demare might not be the given name the springtimes to sentiment but at the end of a long hard stage he can be a nasty surprise for the other fast gentlemen. Thibault Pinot on the other handwriting is a name every French homemaker recognises. Passions will extend high if the favorite of France is in the figurehead though it remains to be seen how hes recovered after the Giro.

Founded 1997 Bicycles Lapierre Manager Marc Madiot

Tours de France 20 Tour wins 0 Stage wins 10 Green jerseys 1 King of the Mountains 0 Days in yellow 3

Name symbolizes The team, briefly known as FDJeux for a couple of years in the noughties, is be supported by Franaise des Jeux, which operates the French national lottery.

Tour heritage Frances favourite team took a stage prevail in their first year two decades back and have picked them up regularly afterwards, with Pinot sending their ambitions spiralling with a third-place finish in 2014.

Team ruler Thibault Pinot( Fra ). Hasnt quite got the anatomy counterbalance between climbing and occasion trialling right but there will be snaps when he does. A whole people promises weigh heavily at times but he is still a good pot for the podium.

Thibault
Thibault Pinot: a societies expectations weigh heavily. Picture: Alain Grosclaude/ AFP/ Getty Images

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

A third Tour start for the lowest graded team of the hasten and up til now they play-act as expected. They try. But dont giggle since they are do what they can with what they have and thats good enough to stimulate the break some daytimes, objection for a few clambers and generally not humiliation themselves altogether. Its a brutal, hard boast and going a kicking most daylights for not a lot isnt agreeable. All they want is some approval and lots of airtime.

Founded 2005 Bicycles Look Manager Emmanuel Hubert

Tours de France Three Tour wins 0 Stage success 0 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Era in yellowed 0

Name means Fortuneo is an online bank, while Vital Concept not to be confused with the London-based entanglement pattern busines exchange agricultural and equestrian gear. Both, like the cycling unit, are based in Brittany. Their brand-new identify, Fortuneo-Oscaro, has not been officially corroborated Oscaro exchanges automobile segments online.

Tour heritage An initially amateur squad turned professional in 2005 and reached its Tour debut in 2014. Their most interesting moment so far came when Eduardo Seplveda was disqualified in 2015 for hitching a lift in another teams car.

Team ruler Maxime Bouet( Fra ). Dedicated geeks will know he used to be at World Tour level with Ag2r then Quick-Step , now hes a squad leader. Solid, dependable and this is gonna be his sixth TdF. He didnt finish his last one.

Maxime
Maxime Bouet: solid and dependable. Picture: Tim de Waele/ Corbis via Getty Images

Lotto Soudal( Belgium; UCI ranking 17)

Cycling is tribal in Belgium and if “youd prefer” cherry-red to blue then the choice is moved easier as both World Tour units are sanctuaries of sprinting prowess. Unlike their big adversaries over at Quickstep they dont prevail as often, but when they do its often Grand Tour stages and its usually thanks to the roaring thighs of Andre Greipel. Once the fast stuff is over then they have spate of guys undaunted by four hours into a headwind, mountain pass included. Nest ce papa Thomas De Gendt?

Founded 1985 Bicycles Ridley Manager Marc Sargeant

Tours de France 30 Tour wins 0 Stage wins 33 Green jerseys 3 King of the Mountains 0 Daytime in yellowish 8P TAGEND

Name makes A Belgian-based squad, the Lotto refers to Belgiums lottery, while Soudal is a global leader in sealants, foams and adhesives.

Tour heritage Cadel Evans five-day stint in 2008 is the only period a Lotto Soudal rider has spent more than 24 hours in yellow, but 33 triumphs over 30 times represents impressive history.

Team president Andre Greipel( Ger ). Winning on the Champs Elysees in 2016 saved a disappointing Tour by his guidelines, but he wont be wanting to wait that long into the race to open his account this year. Liege will be the first rendezvous for this member of the sprinting royalty.

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

Team Lotto NL – Jumbo( Netherlands; UCI ranking 10)

A solid mixture of know and youth make up a unit that quite often springs a surprise. Primoz Roglic has had an impressive record in the time trials this season, George Bennett won the Tour of California and Dylan Groenewegen is coming into chassis as two sprint success at the Tour of Norway indicate. With some lead from people like Robert Gesink this is a squad which ought to be present on every terrain.

Founded 1984 Bicycles Bianchi Manager Richard Plugge

Tours de France 33 Tour wins 0 Stage success 48 Green jerseys 2 King of the Mountains 2 Date in yellow-bellied 10

Name entails The third lottery-funded crew, this one is powered by the Dutch version the letters N and L were added to the mention to avoid embarrassment and by the supermarket series Jumbo.

Tour heritage Enjoyed greatest success under the sponsorship of Rabobank, between 1996 and 2012, a period since defiled by doping-related revelations.

Team chairman Primoz Roglic( Slv ): Applied to be a ski jumper and was World junior champion no less. 183 metres was his best distance, but nowadays he likes a longer time flying along on his own. Watch this space.

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

Team Sky( Great Britain; UCI ranking 4)

The representing endorses must be hoping the change from pitch-black to white-hot t-shirts also cleans up their riches after a difficult time on and off the bicycles. So far its been a poor time relatively speaking for the GC riders very and though Michal Kwiatkowski has been stellar everyone seems to be making the deck more than Dave Brailsfords targets. Froome, Landa and Thomas have some hard epoches ahead but Sky still start as the team to beat.

Founded 2009 Bicycles Pinarello Manager Dave Brailsford

Tours de France 7 Tour wins 4 Stage victories 14 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 1 Epoch in yellow-bellied 58

Name means Sky refers to a British satellite television subscription service, and to the particular various kinds of off-color believe that has fuelled their success.

Tour heritage The long blue-blooded boundaries on this years kit each represent a Tour win, and there are a few of them: Sky have won four of the last five Tours.

Team chairman: Chris Froome( GB ). No triumphs yet but this is the only race that are important. Will have to be on his best form and, even then, if the others gang up on Sky like they did to BMC at the Dauphine therell be trouble at mill.

Chris
Chris Froome: some hard dates onward. Picture: Peter Dejong/ AP

Team Sunweb( Germany; UCI ranking 7)

On a high after Tom Dumoulins Giro victory so theyll be hoping some of that chafes off on Michael Matthews and Warren Barguil. The former is one of the few riders who can take on Peter Sagan in a punchy finish and the latter can climb in the figurehead group but its been a while since hes been at his best. No content theyll still be smiling all the way through to Paris and if they do acquire a stage or have a jersey to defend for a while then that will be mission accomplished.

Founded 2005 Bicycles Giant Manager Iwan Spekenbrink </p

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