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2014 Tour de France Team Guide

Of the 198 riders taking part in the Tour de France, only a handful are capable of vying for overall honours. Of those, defending champion Chris Froome (Sky) is the big favourite, with former winner Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) expected to be his closest challenger. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) also has Grand Tour victories to his name, having won the 2010 Vuelta a España and the 2013 Giro d'Italia, and he has the capability of becoming only the 6th rider to complete the set by also winning the Tour.

Other riders likely to contend for top-ten places, or better, include: Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Tejay van Garderen (BMC), Andrew Talansky (Garmin-Sharp), Jurgen van den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol), Bauke Mollema (Belkin), Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha), Michał Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), and Rui Costa (Lampre-Merida).

The Tour's top sprinters are Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Marcel Kittel (Giant-Shimano), and André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol), though Peter Sagan (Cannondale) is the favourite to win his third green jersey as a result of his talent in hilly terrain. Elia Viviani (Cannondale), Arnaud Démare (FDJ), and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) are also in with a shout of taking the occasional flat stage victory.

Update: Mark Cavendish's crash on the first stage forced him to abandon the Tour.
Update: Chris Froome's crash on the fifth stage forced him to abandon the Tour.
Update: Alberto Contador's crash on the tenth stage forced him to abandon the Tour.
Update: Andrew Talansky's crashes earlier in the Tour saw him abandon after the eleventh stage.
Update: Rui Costa withdrew before stage 16 after suffering from pneumonia.

Ag2r-La Mondiale
France

Astana Pro Team
Kazakhstan

Belkin Pro Cycling Team
Netherlands

BMC Racing Team
United States

Bretagne-Séché Environnement
France

Cannondale
Italy

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
France

FDJ.fr
France

Garmin-Sharp
United States

IAM Cycling
Switzerland

Katusha Team
Russia

Lampre-Merida
Italy

Lotto-Belisol
Belgium

Movistar Team
Spain

Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Belgium

ORICA-GreenEDGE
Australia

Team Europcar
France

Team Giant-Shimano
Netherlands

Team NetApp-Endura
Germany

Team Sky
United Kingdom

Tinkoff-Saxo
Denmark

Trek Factory Racing
United States

   

 

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