Tour de France 2021: full team-by-team guide | Tour de France

AG2R-Citroen (Fr)

Mainstays of the Tour for the reason that 90s, remodeled this winter with arrival of iconic automobile firm sponsor, departure of long-time chief Romain Bardet and signing of a number of dear international imports. Ben O’Connor has supplied finest worth thus far and Benoît Cosnefroy is certainly one of France’s up and coming names.

Essential man Greg van Avermaet. Belgium’s Olympic champion, an enormous switch over the winter, received levels and wore yellow in 2015 and 2016. But to ship for his new staff.

Group Benoît Cosnefroy, Dorian Godon, Oliver Naesen, Ben O’Connor, Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Nans Peters, Michael Schär, Greg van Avermaet.

Alpecin-Fenix (Bel)

Second division pacesetters who punch means above their funds due to star rider Mathieu van der Poel, whose Tour debut might be high-octane viewing. However they’re about greater than him: Tim Merlier, Jonas Rickaert and Jasper Philipsen have ridden strongly all yr, with Merlier’s Giro d’Italia stage win the spotlight.

Essential man Van der Poel. Cyclo-cross star who can change to street racing to devastating impact. Going for a stage win at the very least, probably a tilt on the inexperienced factors jersey.

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Group Sylvain Dillier, Tim Merlier, Xandro Meurisse, Jasper Philipsen, Jonas Rickaert, Kristian Sbaragli, Petr Vakoc, Mathieu van der Poel.

Arkéa-Samsic (Fr)

Second division staff who purchased in house star Warren Barguil, climber Nairo Quintana and sprinter Nacer Bouhanni however haven’t but seen an ideal deal for the funding. Britons Dan McLay and Connor Swift – winner of Breton basic the Tro Bro Léon this yr – can win in their very own proper however ought to have assist roles on this Tour.

Essential man Barguil. Breton climber who had a stellar 2017 Tour however has but to actually kick on; fourth within the French championship appears promising.

Group Warren Barguil, Nacer Bouhanni, Anthony Delaplace, Élie Gesbert, Dan McLay, Nairo Quintana, Clément Russo, Connor Swift.

Astana-Premier Tech (Kaz)

Based to advertise Kazakhstan, however have now expanded with Canadian co-sponsor and a multinational line-up. Good bets for at the very least a stage win someplace; Alexey Lutsenko is an outdoor likelihood for the time trials, whereas outdated lag Jakob Fuglsang had a robust run-in to the Tour.

Essential man Fuglsang. Danish former mountain biker who can win hilly Classics comparable to Lombardia and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He’s tactically astute and a particular candidate for a stage win.

Group Alex Aranburu, Stefan de Bod, Omar Fraile, Jakob Fuglsang, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Hugo Houle, Ion Izagirre, Alexey Lutsenko.

Jakob Fuglsang throughout the latest Tour of Switzerland. {Photograph}: Gian Ehrenzeller/EPA

B&B Inns-KTM (Fr)

The dream is a stage win for climber Pierre Rolland or sprinter Bryan Coquard, the fact will likely be figuring in every day doomed escapes. For a lot of WorldTour groups successful a stage equals Tour success, so it’s means more durable for the second division squads – however the race does undergo Lourdes so miracles do occur.

Essential man: Rolland. Everlasting attacker whose finest days have been 10 years in the past. Will present within the mountains, however it’s lengthy odds on getting the third Tour stage of his profession.

Group Cyril Barthe, Franck Bonnamour, Maxime Chevalier, Bryan Coquard, Cyril Gautier, Cyril Lemoine, Quentin Pacher, Pierre Rolland.

Bahrain Victorious (Bah)

Rocked by supervisor Rod Ellingworth’s departure to Ineos over the winter, they bounced again with a robust Giro and Dauphiné. Chief Mikel Landa is injured however his underlings can ship a stage win, or perhaps extra: Jack Haig, Sonny Colbrelli and Matej Mohoric are all in kind, whereas younger Brit Fred Wright is in there for expertise.

Essential man Colbrelli is the brand new Italian champion, a robust climber who shines when different sprinters wrestle to hold on, so has an opportunity of the inexperienced factors jersey.

Group Pello Bilbao, Sonny Colbrelli, Jack Haig, Marco Haller, Matej Mohoric, Wout Poels, Dylan Teuns, Fred Wright.

BikeExchange (Aus)

Australia’s best look barely underpowered after Adam Yates’s departure to Ineos. They’re out for levels with Simon Yates but additionally Esteban Chaves, a world class climber on his day, plus they’ve a former inexperienced jersey in Michael Matthews, wager if it will get hilly and the pure sprinters are left behind.

Essential man Simon Yates. The laconic Lancastrian salvaged third and a mountain stage at this yr’s Giro. Robust climbing legs plus good tactical mind and first rate dash makes him the consummate stage hunter.

Group Estaban Chaves, Luke Durbridge, Lucas Hamilton, Amund Grøndahl Jansen, Chris Juul-Jensen, Michael Matthews, Luka Mezgec, Simon Yates.

Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger)

The German staff miss sprinter Pascal Ackermann, however have a formidable line-up led by prolific world champion Peter Sagan, and robust climbers Emanuel Buchmann, Wilco Kelderman and Patrick Konrad. That’s a number of leaders, however between them they’ll goal levels on all terrains and maybe get near the rostrum.

Essential man Sagan. The serial factors prize winner is out to make it eight this yr. He’s certain to win a stage someplace, however the inexperienced jersey could also be extra of a problem.

Group Emanuel Buchmann, Wilco Kelderman, Patrick Konrad, Daniel Oss, Nils Politt, Lukas Pöstlberger, Peter Sagan, Ide Schelling.

Peter Sagan enjoys the moment after the final stage of the Giro d’Italia in Milan in May. The Slovakian will lead the charge for Bora again in France.Peter Sagan enjoys the second after the ultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia in Milan in Might. The Slovakian will lead the cost for Bora once more in France. {Photograph}: Gian Mattia D’Alberto/AP

Cofidis Options Crédits (Fr)

A mixture of house grown and imported expertise on this long-standing French staff backed by a mortgage firm. It’s all about one man: Guillaume Martin can goal the highest 10 whereas the remaining could make merry within the breakaways. They landed a stage within the Giro and may hope for a similar on the Tour.

Essential man Martin. Robust climber who has stalled considerably after writing a e-book on philosophy and biking. It’s time he fulfilled his potential.

Group Simon Geschke, Jesús Herrada, Christophe Laporte, Guilluame Martin, Anthony Perez, Pierre-Luc Périchon, Jelle Wallays.

Deceuninck-Quickstep (Bel)

Biking’s successful machine is concentrating on a stage and a spell within the yellow jersey for Julian Alaphilippe and a dash win for Davide Ballerini or comeback man Mark Cavendish, who’s now 36 however will work off the again of a sprint-centred squad that may present the perfect lead-out in biking

Essential man Alaphilippe. The world champion and really new father is predicted to win at the very least one stage within the opening weekend and experience properly within the Laval trial. Fortunately he thrives on strain.

Group Kasper Asgreen, Julian Alaphilippe, Davide Ballerini, Mattia Cattaneo, Mark Cavendish, Tim Declercq, Dries Devenyns, Michael Mørkøv.

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DSM (Ger)

The Germans work a hydra tactic, a distinct “head” on the entrance each day, and it functioned brilliantly in 2020 – three stage wins due to some excellent tactical using. They are going to place riders within the breaks on each hilly day and it ought to succeed at the very least as soon as. Brit Mark Donovan will get a primary Tour begin.

Essential man Søren Kragh Andersen. The Dane managed a brace of stage wins final yr, however pulling that off once more will likely be a more durable proposition.

Group Tiesj Benoot, Cees Bol, Nils Eekhoff, Søren Kragh Andersen, Joris Niewenhaus, Mark Donovan, Casper Pedersen, Jasha Sütterlin

EF Training-Nippo (US)

Biking’s advertising and marketing dream, clad in lurid pink and making headlines with each radical jersey they put on. There’s actual substance right here too although, as they’ve a cheerful knack of touchdown prestigious wins with the likes of Stephen Bissegger, Magnus Cort and Rigoberto Urán

Essential man Urán. The evergreen Colombian landed a stage and second total in 2017; he hasn’t hit these heights lately however is coming to the boil at simply the fitting time.

Group Stephen Bissegger, Magnus Cort, Sergio Higuita, Neilson Powless, Rigoberto Urán, Michael Valgren, Ruben Guerreiro, Jonas Rutsch.

Groupama-FDJ (Fr)

A staff that’s indelibly French, however fields a multinational string of assist riders behind its two leaders. With mainstay Thibaut Pinot out with again points, David Gaudu and sprinter Arnaud Démare will step in, with Stefan Küng concentrating on the time trial levels.

Essential man Gaudu. Breton climber who broke by way of finally yr’s Vuelta with two mountain stage wins, and can have ample alternative on the Tour.

Group Bruno Armirail, Arnaud Démare, David Gaudu, Jacopo Guarnieri, Ignatas Konovalovas, Stefan Küng, Valentin Madouas, Miles Scotson.

Ineos Grenadiers (GB)

The prolific Grand Tour winners area a lineup of galacticos, with Richie Porte, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Richard Carapaz able to step in if something occurs to accident susceptible Geraint Thomas. They’ve the strongest assist riders in Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski and Dylan van Baarle, and will likely be anticipated to win total. Given their lineup and funds, something much less equals failure.

Essential man Thomas. The Welshman received in 2018 however struggled in 2020. His kind on such a mountainous course is tough to learn but when he can keep upright something is feasible.

Group Richard Carapaz, Jonathan Castroviejo, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Michal Kwiatkowski, Richie Porte, Luke Rowe, Geraint Thomas, Dylan van Baarle.

Great Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart holds up the trophy after winning last year’s Giro d’Italia in May 2020. The Londoner is expected to ride in support of Geraint Thomas for Ineos.Nice Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart holds up the trophy after successful final yr’s Giro d’Italia in Might 2020. The Londoner is predicted to experience in assist of Geraint Thomas for Ineos. {Photograph}: Luca Bruno/AP

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (Bel)

Belgian squad who went as much as WorldTour this yr and promptly landed a stage on the Giro. They could not have the pure expertise of their ranks to repeat that in biking’s hardest enviornment, however they may place riders within the escapes each day. It’s all a part of the educational curve.

Essential man Louis Meintjes. Unpredictable South African who will fly or flop. He can climb properly sufficient to make the highest 10, however don’t put the mortgage on him.

Group Jan Bakelants, Jonas Koch, Louis Meintjes, Boy van Poppel, Danny van Poppel, Lorenzo Rota, Loïc Vliegen, Georg Zimmerman.

Israel Begin-Up Nation (Isr)

The massive funding in Chris Froome could by no means mature with the four-times Tour winner nonetheless struggling after critical damage. Froome’s place on the Tour was unsure till the final minute, however Dan Martin – a latest stage winner on the Giro – and Michael Woods are good bets to win on any day within the mountains.

Essential man Woods. Former ice hockey participant and center distance runner, the Canadian turned to professional biking late at 29, however took levels within the Vuelta in 2020 and 2018.

Group Guillaume Boivin, Chris Froome, Omar Goldstein, Andre Greipel, Dan Martin, Reto Hollenstein, Michael Woods, Rick Zabel.

Lotto-Soudal (Bel)

The Belgians area the quickest sprinter in biking for the time being in Caleb Ewan so it’s a easy plan. Former world champion Philippe Gilbert and indefatigable attacker Thomas De Gendt will present on their chosen days, however it’s all concerning the flat levels and getting Ewan to the ultimate 200m within the excellent place.

Essential man Ewan. The Aussie is concentrating on stage wins in all three Grand Excursions this yr, and with a good wind he’ll land at the very least a brace in France.

Group Jasper de Buyst, Thomas De Gendt, Caleb Ewan, Philippe Gilbert, Roger Kluge, Brent van Moer, Tosh van der Sande, Harry Sweeny.

Jumbo-Visma (Neth)

The Dutch squad had a robust spring however went quiet till final weekend when Wout van Aert received the Belgian nationwide title. In Robert Gesink, Steven Kruijswijk, Sep Kuss, Van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard they’ve one of many strongest climbing models, so in the event that they pull collectively and Roglic is at his finest they’re able to shaking Ineos and UAE.

Essential man Roglic. The Slovene fell on the closing hurdle final yr then bounced again to win the Vuelta. A particular podium contender, hasn’t raced since April, however that doesn’t imply he’s off kind. Not by any means.

Group Robert Gesink, Steven Kruijswijk, Sep Kuss, Tony Martin, Primoz Roglic, Mike Teunissen, Wout van Aert, Jonas Vingegaard.

Movistar (Sp)

Movistar have an illustrious four-decade pedigree and at all times area a raft of fine climbers, however lately they’ve not delivered on the Tour. The arrival of Miguel Ángel López and Enric Mas can change this; they’ve an apparent focus for his or her domestiques, and evergreen Alejandro Valverde might land a shock stage win at 41 years younger.

Essential man López. The pint-sized Colombian took final yr’s hardest mountain end, and has received this yr over Mont Ventoux, so is a particular podium candidate.

Group Jorge Arcas, Imanol Erviti, Iván García, Miguel Ángel López, Enric Mas, Marc Soler, Alejandro Valverde, Carlos Verona.

Qhubeka-Assos (SA)

Cobbled collectively as 2020 closed, Qhubeka have been the surprises of the Giro d’Italia, netting three stage wins. The Tour is a more durable proposition, and whereas they may place riders within the every day escapes, they may wrestle to translate that into stage wins, as a result of so many different groups can have the identical plan.

Essential man Belgian Victor Campenaerts landed a wonderful Giro stage win and may goal each time trials, however it’s not clear if he can maintain his kind into mid July.

Group Carlos Barbero, Sean Bennett, Victor Campenaerts, Simon Clarke, Nic Dlamini, Michael Gogl, Sergio Henao, Max Walscheid.

TotalEnergies (Fr)

French stalwarts with a protracted and honourable report now trying in need of focus; they misplaced strongman Alexis Vuillermoz to damage simply earlier than the Tour began. Edvald Boasson-Hagen is previous his finest and Pierre Latour not fairly the completed article so will probably be the standard plan: get in breaks, goal the mountains jersey, and hope for the perfect.

Essential man Latour. The 2018 Tour’s finest younger rider took a stage lately on the Vuelta Asturias, however will want an ideal day to again that up within the hardest race on the planet.

Group Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Jérémy Cabot, Fabien Doubey, Victor de la Parte, Pierre Latour, Cristian Rodriguez, Julien Simon, Antony Turgis.

Trek-Segafredo (US)

There’s a wealth of expertise right here. Vincenzo Nibali’s report speaks for itself, Bauke Mollema and former world champion Mads Pedersen can win massive when required, and Jesper Stuyven is as robust as they arrive. They are going to goal stage wins; Mollema on an enormous day within the mountains appears like the perfect wager.

Essential man Mollema. Ungainly Dutch climber who’s at all times on the entrance when it issues and picks off the odd massive win comparable to a Tour stage in 2017, and Il Lombardia in 2018.

Group Kenny Elissonde, Bauke Mollema, Vincenzo Nibali, Mads Pedersen, Toms Skuijns, Jesper Stuyven, Edward Theuns.

UAE Emirates (UAE)

Final yr, UAE didn’t want to provide Tadej Pogacar a lot assist; he flew beneath the radar then struck arduous on the shut. There’s no hiding now, in order that they have invested in strongmen comparable to Rafal Majka and Marc Hirschi; even so, collectively they nonetheless don’t look the climbing equals of Ineos or Jumbo, so it might all rely on “Pog” at key instances.

Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar celebrates his 2020 triumph. The Team UAE Emirates rider faces a stiff challenge to repeat that feat.Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar celebrates his 2020 triumph. The Group UAE Emirates rider faces a stiff problem to repeat that feat. {Photograph}: Thibault Camus/AP

Essential man Pogacar. Shock winner final yr, and has backed up extraordinarily properly this season. The Tour favorite, however can he match Ineos’s power in depth if he finally ends up on his personal?

Group Mikkel Bjerg, Rui Costa, Davide Formolo, Marc Hirschi, Rafal Majka, Brandon McNulty, Tadej Pogacar, Vegard Stake Langen.

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