Tour de France 2013: team lists

With 12 days to go before the 100th edition of the Tour de France, the first nine-man line-up for a team was announced. As each squad names their selection, we will update this page so that you can follow the formal announcements as they are made in the lead-up to the opening stage on Saturday 29 June. The exact order of the riders (and their race numbers) won’t be known until a few days prior to the race so, in the meantime, we’ll list the teams in order of the selection announcements and riders in alphabetical order until the ‘dossards‘ are determined.

Be sure to get the Official Tour de France Guide and follow the action all the way from Porto Vecchio in Corsica to Paris.

 

 

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Omega Pharma-Quickstep (BEL) OPQ

 

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On Tuesday 18 June, Omega Pharma-Quickstep nominated its selection for the 2013 Tour and, not surprisingly, the winner of 23 stages to date, Mark Cavendish, will be the leader and that the quest will be stage wins for ‘Cav’ as well as the reigning TT world champion Tony Martin.

From the Tour Guide: “A big part of it [Cavendish’s ability to win sprints] is that he doesn’t have to generate energy,” says Robbie McEwen in his appraisal of the sprinters. “He’s got those short legs and arms and is able to get into that aero position on the bike without having to contort himself to be like that. Others might say, ‘I have to get my shoulders low…’ and they can’t do anything with their arms, they can’t generate power because they have to bend their elbows so much. And they’re still catching the wind!

“Cavendish’s aero position is equally as big a weapon as his speed; there’s no sitting behind him! It’s like when you sit behind someone on a road bike then sit behind another person on a time trial bike. If you look at his position when he’s sprinting, it looks like a time trial position! Nobody else can achieve that position because they’re not built right to naturally get into that position. It’s a big advantage.”

The selection: Mark Cavendish (GBR), Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Michal Kwiatkowski (POL), Tony Martin (GER), Jerome Pineau (FRA), Gert Steegmans (BEL), Niki Terpstra (NED), Matteo Trentin (ITA), Peter Velits (SVK)

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Argos-Shimano (NED) ARG

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On Wednesday 19 June this Dutch team announced another line-up that will be seeking stage wins with a sprinter. “We will be looking for stage wins at this Tour de France and have lined up the strongest team possible to achieve this,” said DS Christian Guiberteau in the official release. “In the flat stages, Marcel Kittel will be leading our team to sprint success. When the bunch hits some of the hillier stages, we have Giro stage winner John Degenkolb who can be successful. We are also looking forward to seeing a strong sprint train.

“Creating the perfect sprint train takes years. The key to our train is the combination of science and experience. All the team members can anticipate a situation very well and have the experience to handle all possible scenarios. Extensive evaluations post-race makes the difference, together with the best equipment, specific training plans and scientific experts who provide us with unique and useful data about the riders and individual race courses.”

Regular RIDE columnist, Koen de Kort, will start the Tour for the third time…

The selection: Roy Curvers (NED), John Degenkolb (GER), Tom Dumoulin (NED), Johannes Fröhlinger (GER), Simon Geschke (GER), Marcel Kittel (GER), Koen de Kort (NED), Albert Timmer (NED), Tom Veelers (NED)

 

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Blanco (NED) BLA

BLA-opening-page-webThis Dutch team announced a strong yet parochial line-up for the 100th Tour de France with a press release on 19 June which stated that Bauke Mollema would be the leading rider for GC, not Robert Gesink who was given that task in 2012. From an Australian perspective, it’s a shame to see the omission of Mark Renshaw but that was seen coming when we prepared the Official Tour de France Guide… what Blanco has is a line-up of riders who can chase stage wins as well as a good position in general classification.

From the Official Tour Guide: “The designated leader is still a work in progress but now is the time to start delivering in the Grand Tours; he has the support on the road (and off it) and now he needs to attack smarter, not harder, to take advantage of all this effort,” wrote Les Clarke for the team page. “This team has devoted resources to its GC aspirations and will do so again in 2013; thus, sprinter Mark Renshaw is weighing up his options after two years with the team.”

The selection: Lars Boom (NED), Robert Gesink (NED), Tom Leezer (NED), Bauke Mollema (NED), Lars Petter Nordhaug (NOR), Bram Tankink (NED), Laurens ten Dam (NED), Sep Vanmarcke (BEL), Maarten Wynants (BEL)

 

 

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Cannondale Pro Cycling (CAN) ITA

CAN-opening-page-webWith an Italian-only announcement on the team’s home page, the team of last year’s points classification winner was announced on 19 June. And logically, the approach in 2013 will be much the same as last year when Peter Sagan won three stages and wore the green jersey for all but one day in his Tour debut. According to three-time green jersey winner, Robbie McEwen, the young Slovakian is the favourite for the maillot vert in 2013.

From the Official Tour Guide: “From what [Sagan] has shown this year he’s the favourite to win the green jersey in 2013… And it’s not so much because he’s been winning bunch sprints – he’s not a pure sprinter, and he’ll admit that himself.

“I’m thinking more about the nature of the course for 2013. Corsica is not a flat place and the sprint stages seem to be really spaced throughout this year’s Tour. There won’t be multiple days of flat stages in succession and the green jersey can become tactical and more about defending a lead. With a start like it is – probably finishing with a sprint on the first day in Porto Vecchio – the next two days there will be quite difficult. They’re the type of stages in which the bunch can’t get rid of Sagan yet other sprinters will really struggle. That’s a huge advantage for him, more so on one of those days that is really lumpy.

“He’s able to take points where others can’t. He can win intermediate sprints halfway through a mountain stage. Another rider who has won a green jersey with that sort of tactic is Thor Hushovd.”

The selection: Maciej Bodnar (POL), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Ted King (USA), Kristijan Koren (SLO), Alan Marangoni (ITA), Moreno Moser (ITA), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Peter Sagan (SVK), Brian Vandborg (DEN)

 

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Orica-GreenEdge (AUS) OGE

OGE-opening-page-webAt 3.54pm on 19 June, a press release with the nine names for the only Australian-registered team to ever contest the Tour de France was sent. With six Australians, including the veteran of 16 successive Tours de France, Stuart O’Grady (who will embark on a record-equally 17th Tour in 2013) and two Aussie debutants, Cameron Meyer and Simon Clarke. The objective: stage wins… both in sprints (with Matt Goss the protected rider) and when opportunity presents (with the likes of Simon Gerrans, Michael Albasini and Clarke).

From the official release: “The team objective this year is to win a stage at the Tour de France,” said Matt White, who returned to the team as directeur sportif at the recent Tour de Suisse. “That’s our main goal. We’re bringing a more diverse team this year to give us a few more options for intermediate stages and days in the medium mountains. The sprint stages remain a big focus, and we bring a dedicated sprint train to support Matt Goss on the flatter days. Last year, we brought together a group of riders who hadn’t raced together much before the Tour de France. This year, we have six who raced the Tour together last year and five who recently worked together at the Tour de Suisse. This is a group of riders that have learned to work together seamlessly.”

The selection: Michael Albasini (SUI), Simon Clarke (AUS), Simon Gerrans (AUS), Matt Goss (AUS), Daryl Impey (RSA), Brett Lancaster (AUS), Cameron Meyer (AUS), Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Svein Tuft (CAN)

 

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RadioShack-Leopard (LUX) RLT

RLT-opening-page-webOne of three former Tour champions who are expected to start the 100th edition will be the leader of this team. Andy Schleck has won the white jersey – first in the youth classifications – three times in the past and he was also retrospectively awarded the title of the 2010 race after originally finishing as runner-up to Alberto Contador. Schleck will be joined by the irrepressible Mr Jens Voigt and seven others including two Tour debutants. The announcement was made on 19 June.

From the official release: Team general manager, Luca Guercilena: “We are happy to see that Andy is back. Nobody in the team ever had doubts about the talent of Andy. Little by little he has come back to the level where we expect him. The Tour de Suisse encouraged and convinced us to give him the role he deserves and to give him the opportunity to have dedicated riders surrounding and supporting him. Of course we don’t put pressure on our champion. After the last 12 months it would be unrealistic to expect a podium place. On the other hand, the lack of stress and pressure can be a positive stimulus to a brilliant performance.”

The selection: Jan Bakelants (BEL), Laurent Didier (LUX), Tony Gallopin (FRA), Markel Irizar (ESP), Andreas Klöden (GER), Maxime Monfort (BEL), Andy Schleck (LUX), Jens Voigt (GER), Haimar Zubeldia (ESP)

 

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Saxo-Tinkoff (DEN) TST

TST-opening-page-webTeam Saxo-Tinkoff boasts the only rider in the peloton in 2013 to have won the Tour’s yellow jersey more than once. Alberto Contador will be the leader of the Danish team on his return to the race after a season interrupted by suspension. The winner of the Tour in 2007 and 2009 will be well supported by eight men with plenty of experience at the Tour. All have contested the race before this year.

From the official release“I think we have found a great mix of in form riders,” said team owner Bjarne Riis. “We have a group of strong climbers in the team, we have riders designated to take care of Alberto on the flat roads and in the wind, and I’m sure we will perform well in the TTT as well. At the same time this team will allow us to ride aggressively or take a more controlling approach in all terrains depending on our needs. At the end of the day this versatility will be a key components in trying to win the race,” he says and points out that the competition to make the team has been fierce.

“This year, the race to be part of our Tour de France line-up has been tougher than in many years with more than the nine riders selected deserving a spot, and in our reserves group consisting of Nicki Sorensen, Chris Anker Sorensen and Michael Morkov, we have three highly competent and strong riders ready to step up if needed. Recently Matti Breschel has also shown great form. On a personal level it has been a tough decision for me to not have a Danish rider in the lineup. But we have committed ourselves to go with the group, we believe has the best composition to achieve our overall goal.”

The selection: Daniele Bennati (ITA), Alberto Contador (ESP), Jesus Hernandez (ESP), Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Benjamin Noval (ESP), Sergio Paulinho (POR), Nicolas Roche (IRL), Michael Rogers (AUS), Matteo Tosatto (ITA)

 

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AG2R La Mondiale (FRA) ALM

ALM-opening-page-webGone from the roster is the Irishman (who has raced with a French license), and the Italian who wore the yellow jersey in 2009 has not been recalled and thus AGR2 La Mondiale is one of the least cosmopolitan teams in Le Tour 2013. It’s fully French, in fact. The announcement of the nine starters of the 100th Tour came on 23 June in a statement on the insurance company’s site. We can expect to see much the same approach from them as we have in the last few years: attack, animate, and… well, hope for some success. It has happened before and can happen again.

From the official release: “The team of Vincent Lavenu will be focused on Jean-Christophe Péraud and the main objective is to get closer to the Top 5 overall.  Priority will also be given to the attack with stage wins as goal.”

The selection: Romain Bardet (FRA), Maxime Bouet (FRA), Samuel Dumoulin (FRA), Hubert Dupont (FRA), John Gadret (FRA), Blel Kadri (FRA), Sébastien Minard (FRA), Jean-Christophe Peraud (FRA), Christophe Riblon (FRA).

 

 

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Astana (KAZ) AST

AST-opening-page-webThis team had a focus on winning the Giro d’Italia with Vincenzo Nibali and the Italian duly did what he wanted to do in May. And so he takes a rest while Jakob Fuglsang and Janez Brajkovic take up the leadership roles for the Tour de France.

From the official release: “The general classification at the Tour de France is by no means a foregone conclusion,” said DS Dmitri Sedoun, “and we look at ourselves as dark-horse outsiders for a good finish in Paris. Fuglsang showed at the Criterium du Dauphine how well he can ride when he has the proper training and confidence, and he is very motivated to do well. The pressure is on the big favorites in this race, and we are content to come in with a strong team and ride well.”

The selection: Assan Bazayev (KAZ), Janez Brajkovic (SLO), Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Enrico Gasparotto (ITA), Francesco Gavazzi (ITA), Andrey Kashechkin (KAZ), Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE), Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ), Dmitri Muravyev (KAZ)

 

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BMC Racing (USA) BMC

BMC-opening-page-webA day before the national championships – where Marco Pinotti, Thor Hushovd and Michael Schar each won a title – the team of Cadel Evans and Tejay van Garderen revealed the roster for the 2013 Tour. The Australian is one of three former champions expected to start the on 29 June. He has the support of, amongst others, the reigning world champion Philippe Gilbert. The aim is, quite obviously, to win the yellow jersey… again!

From the official release: “Van Garderen, who was fifth last year in his second Tour appearance, said repeating as the race’s best young rider is not an objective. ‘The white jersey wasn’t a goal of mine last year and it’s not again this year,’ he said. ‘It just came along with me being up there every day, helping Cadel, which is my focus again this year.’ Gilbert, a stage winner at all three grand tours, said he is also putting aside any personal ambitions in order to help Evans. ‘For me, I am just a helper, but it will be special to be part of the 100th Tour de France,’ he said.”

The selection: Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Cadel Evans (AUS), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Steve Morabito (SUI), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Tejay van Garderen (USA)

 

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Cofidis (FRA) COF

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Europcar (FRA) EUC

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Euskaltel-Euskadi (ESP) EUS

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FDJ (FRA) FDJ

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Garmin-Sharp (USA) GRS

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Katusha (RUS) KAT

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Lampre-Merida (ITA) LAM

LAM-opening-page-webOn 24 June, this Italian team announced it’s selection of nine men for the 100th Tour. Once again the leadership position will go to the winner of the white jersey from the 2006 race, Damiano Cunego. Matt Lloyd missed out on selection but the Australian insists that, despite not a lot of racing in 2013, he’ll be back in competition again soon.

One of the key men for the team from the Giro d’Italia, Polish climbing specialist Przemyslaw Niemiec will make his debut in the Tour de France as will Colombian José Serpa… the rest of the team are Italians.

The official release (YouTube clip). 

The selection: Matteo Bono (ITA), Damiano Cunego (ITA), Davide Cimolai (ITA), Elia Favilli (ITA), Roberto Ferrari (ITA), Adriano Malori (ITA), Manuele Mori (ITA), Przemyslaw Niemiec (POL), Josè Rodolfo Serpa Perez (COL)

 

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Lotto-Belisol (BEL) LTB

LTB-opening-page-webWith two Twitter announcement, the line-up of nine riders for this Belgian team was broadcast to the 27,465 who follow the feed on 20 June. The @letour promptly retweeted it… and the word spread quickly that this is a group committed to chasing stage wins. “The @Lotto_Belisol selection for the #tdf (1/2): Lars Bak, Bart De Clercq, @AndreGreipel, @HansenAdam, @Greghenderson1, @jurgenroelandts” said the first Tweet. Followed by, “The @Lotto_Belisol selection for the #tdf (2/2): @MarcelSieberg, @vdb_jurgen and @willemsfrederik“. Yes, there is a GC man there, the rider who finished fourth overall in 2012, Jurgen van den Broeck, and he’s got a bit of support but there is a wealth of lead-out men on this roster.

From the Official Tour Guide: “I can imagine things aren’t too complicated for Marc Sergeant, the Lotto manager,” said Bernard Hinault in his appraisal. “As soon as the road starts to rise, everyone will be at the service of van den Broeck, who is undoubtedly the best Belgian climber at the moment. In a similar way, as soon as the race reaches the flat again, everyone will work to set the sprints up for Greipel, who bagged three stage wins last year. I don’t know why his nickname is ‘The Gorilla’. I see him as more of a bulldog. Once he is released, he produces quite awesome power…”

The selection: André Greipel (GER), Adam Hansen (AUS), Greg Henderson (NZL), Jurgen Roelandts (BEL), Marcel Sieberg (GER), Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL), Frederik Willems (BEL).

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Movistar (ESP) MOV

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Sky ProCycling (GBR) SKY

SKY-opening-page-webOn 20 June the team that claimed first and second overall in 2012 – as well as six stage wins – revealed the nine men who will race from Porto Vecchio to Paris in 2013. The official release contains a brief explanation of the various roles of the cosmopolitan group. Long before this announcement, we knew that the defending champion, Bradley Wiggins, was not going to be part of the line-up (because of a knee injury); this news broke a day after the Official Tour Guide started printing… but Sky still has The Favourite for the title in Chris Froome.

From the official release: “Making the final selection of riders has been especially tough this year but we believe that we’ve found the right combination for the Tour de France,” Sir David Brailsford is quoted as saying. “We have a group of nine riders that are all in great form and ready for the challenge ahead.

“The Tour de France has been the main goal for Chris this season and he goes into the race in great shape. With four stage-race wins this year Chris has not only grown as a rider but also importantly as a leader. Around him are eight quality riders who have each earned their place in the team. They will add the climbing ability and the engines to provide the perfect support for Chris, especially in the crucial mountain stages.”

The selection: Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR), Chris Froome (GBR), Peter Kennaugh (GBR), Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), David Lopez (ESP), Richie Porte (AUS), Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR), Ian Stannard (GBR), Geraint Thomas (GBR)

 

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Sojasun (FRA) SOJ

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Vacansoleil-DCM

VCD-opening-page-webOn 20 June this Dutch team unveiled the nine riders who will be part of the 100th Tour de France with a press release. The van Poppel name appears three times: as directeur sportif, Jean-Paul, with his two sons Boy and Danny contesting the race for the first time. Boy van Poppel is only 19 and is likely to be the youngest rider in the Tour this year. It has a distinct Dutch flavour but Spaniard Juan Antonio Flecha and Belgian Thomas De Gendt will be two of the protected men…

From the official release: We’re expecting that these nine selected riders will do justice by the characteristic that Vacansoleil-DCM is best known for: the Dutch World Tour-team has always been about a surprising, passionate and attractive style of racing. That is exactly how the squad hopes to pick up a stage win in France’s national tour. This does not mean that they’ll be forgetting all about the GC. Wout Poels has found his habitual level after his serious crash in last year’s Tour and has already been rubbing shoulders with the world’s top riders. His third place finish in the 2012 Giro d’Italia was definitely proof of the fact that Thomas De Gendt has what it takes to make an excellent GC contender.

The selection: Kris Boeckmans (BEL), Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP), Thomas De Gendt (BEL), Johnny Hoogerland (NED), Sergey Lagutin (UZB), Wout Poels (NED), Boy van Poppel (NED), Danny van Poppel (NED), Lieuwe Westra (BEL).

 

 

 

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