Tour de France teams for 2019 — Complete startlist plus the favourites

Updated with abandoned and withdrawn riders

The 2019 Tour de France is now well under way since the Grand Départ in Brussels on Saturday 6 July. Since then, a few riders have withdrawn from the race, and you’ll find updates to the start list below along with a full breakdown of all the teams taking part, their MVPs (most valuable players) and who to keep an eye on throughout the race.

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Who are the 2019 favourites?

Based on this year’s World Tour performances, there are several strong contenders for the podium at the 2019 Tour de France. Here are some of the bookies’ favourites for the General Classification:

  • Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos)
  • Egan Bernal (Team Ineos)
  • Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)
  • Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)
  • Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

Tour de France 2019 teams and start lists

AG2R La Mondiale

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French team AG2R La Mondiale is putting everything behind Romain Bardet
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  • Highest GC 2018: 6th 
  • TDF stage wins 2018: 16
  • 2018 WT ranking: 11th

‘All for one’ sums up the French team’s strategy. It will put everything behind Romain Bardet’s quest to become the Tour’s first home winner since Bernard Hinault in 1985. Second and third in recent years, the super-slender Frenchman has much in his favour, not least a route that’s pretty heavy on mountains, especially in the final week, and light on time-trialling, a long-time weakness. His support crew is stronger than ever, and there’s even a stage into his home town of Brioude.

AG2R La Mondiale’s dream tour: Bardet wins yellow in a race celebrating 100 years of the iconic jersey.

Start list:

  • Romain Bardet
  • Mikael Cherel
  • Benoit Cosnefroy
  • Mathias Frank
  • Tony Gallopin
  • Alexis Gougeard
  • Oliver Naesen
  • Alexis Viullermoz

Team Astana

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Kazakh team Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang is currently having the season of his career
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  • Highest GC 2018: 12th
  • TDF stage wins: 12
  • 2018 WT ranking: 6th

Serial winners all season, the Kazakh team has been the dominant stage race force. Jakob Fuglsang, now 34 but enjoying the best form of his career, will be its leader. With victory at the Criterium du Dauphiné and Liège-Bastogne-Liège in the spring, the Dane is a diesel who should thrive on this high route. Astana won’t be short of talented climbers to support its leader if he misses out.

Team Astana’s dream tour: A top five finish for Fuglsang with a couple of stage wins along the way.

Start list:

  • Pello Bilbao
  • Magnus Cort
  • Omar Fraile
  • Jakob Fuglsang
  • Gorka Izagirre
  • Alexey Lutsenko
  • Luis Leon Sanchez
  • Hugo Houle

Bahrain-Merida

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Bahrain-Merida is one of the first pro cycling teams based in the Middle East, with Vincenzo Nibali at its helm
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  • Highest GC 2018: 18th
  • TDF stage wins 2018: 0
  • 2018 WT ranking: 7th 

One week less between the Giro and Tour means Vincenzo Nibali, not so fresh from a tilt at a third win at his home tour, may be eyeing stage wins rather than the yellow jersey. This will suit several of his teammates who will be heading into July with ambitions of personal glory. In sprinter/puncheur Sonny Colbrelli, time-trialist Rohan Dennis, and all-round talent Matej Mohoric, this well-backed team has the talent to bounce back from a lacklustre spring campaign.

Bahrain-Merida’s dream tour: A bravura performance by Nibali and a couple of stage wins from his teammates.

Start list:

  • Ivan Cortina
  • Damiano Caruso
  • Sonny Colbrelli
  • Rohan Dennis — Withdrew from Stage 12
  • Matej Mohoric
  • Vincenzo Nibali
  • Dylan Teuns
  • Jan Tratnik

Bora-Hansgrohe

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German team Bora-Hansgrohe will be banking on Sagan getting his 7th green jersey this year
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  • Highest GC 2018: 19th
  • TDF stage wins: 5
  • 2018 WT ranking: 3rd 

Peter Sagan’s below par performances this season have allowed his teammates to emerge from his shadow and grab a series of headline victories. With his sights set on a record-breaking seventh points title, Sagan will return to centre stage and, form permitting, should make the green jersey his once again. But keep an eye on climber Emanuel Buchmann and, particularly, 25-year-old puncheur Max Schachmann, who has been arguably the break-out performer of the season so far.

Bora-Hansgrohe’s dream tour: A seventh green jersey for Sagan and a clutch of stage wins to go with it.

Start list:

  • Emanuel Buchmann
  • Marcus Burghardt
  • Patrick Konrad
  • Daniel Oss
  • Peter Sagan
  • Maximilian Schachmann
  • Gregor Muehlberger
  • Lukas Poestlberger

CCC Team

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Formerly BMC, CCC can hope for Greg Van Avermaet to have a spell in the yellow jersey
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  • Highest GC 2018: 20th
  • TDF stage wins: 0
  • 2018 WT ranking: 4th

The team formerly known as BMC is now being financed by Polish shoe company CCC, on a much smaller budget, with aspirations on stage wins rather than the yellow jersey this season. Leader Greg Van Avermaet is its prime hope for success. The Belgian failed to score a big win in the Classics, but victory on the final day of the Tour de Yorkshire was a reminder of the threat he presents in undulating terrain. Breakaway specialist Alessandro De Marchi is due a stage win.

CCC Team’s dream tour: A stage win and a spell in the yellow jersey would be perfect on its Tour debut.

Start list:

  • Patrick Bevin — Withdrawn, did not start Stage 6
  • Alessandro De Marchi — Withdrew from Stage 9
  • Simon Geschke
  • Serge Pauwels
  • Michael Schär
  • Greg Van Avermaet
  • Łukasz Wiśniowski
  • Joey Rosskopf

Cofidis, Solutions Credits

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The French pro team is being led by Christophe Laporte, whose strength is endurance
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  • Highest GC 2018: 43rd
  • TDF stage wins: 9
  • 2018 WT ranking: N/A

The oldest team in the pro ranks hasn’t won a Tour stage since 2008, and there’s scant evidence from the first half of the season to suggest that drought will end soon. Shaken up last year following the arrival of former yellow jersey wearer Cédric Vasseur as manager, the French squad’s leader is Christophe Laporte, whose strength is his endurance. By Paris, he might be the fastest man in the race.

Cofidis, Solutions Credits’ dream tour: A stage win anywhere by anyone would be hugely significant.

Start list:

  • Nicolas Edet — Withdrew from Stage 6
  • Jesus Herrada
  • Christophe Laporte — Withdrew from Stage 8
  • Anthony Perez
  • Pierre-Luc Perichon
  • Julien Simon
  • Natnael Berhane
  • Stephane Rossetto

Deceuninck-Quick-Step

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Belgian outfit Deceuninck-Quick-Step has averaged over two stage wins per Tour for the last decade
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  • Highest GC 2018: 11th
  • TDF stage wins: 36
  • 2018 WT ranking: 1st

Averaging more than two stage wins per Tour over the last decade and a half, and the form team of the current season, the Belgian outfit is odds on to continue that run of success and could contend for all four jerseys. For sprints it’ll look to the prolific Elia Viviani, while debutant Enric Mas should be among the best young riders. The star is Julian Alaphilippe. He’ll have plenty of opportunities to emulate his two-stage and polka-dot jersey haul of last year.

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s dream tour: A rider in the top five, a spell in yellow and a clutch of stage wins.

Start list:

  • Julian Alaphilippe
  • Kasper Asgreen
  • Dries Devenyns
  • Enric Mas
  • Michael Morkov
  • Elia Viviani
  • Yves Lampaert
  • Max Richeze

EF-Education First

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The American team has some strong contenders for the mountainous route
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  • Highest GC 2018: 27th
  • TDF stage wins: 8
  • 2018 WT ranking: 16th

Rigoberto Uran, runner-up in 2017, is one of the many Colombians who should thrive on the mountainous route, particularly in the final week. There are, though, several other riders who could easily make a mark, such as Alberto Bettiol, the surprise winner of the Tour of Flanders. Canadian climber Michael ‘Rusty’ Woods will also look to the GC, but will be relishing each of the summit finishes.

EF-Education First’s dream tour: A podium finish for Uran, top 10 for Woods and a couple of stage wins.

Start list:

  • Alberto Bettiol
  • Rigoberto Uran
  • Tejay van Garderen — Withdrawn, did not start Stage 8
  • Michael Woods
  • Sebastian Langeveld
  • Tanel Kangert
  • Simon Clarke
  • Tom Scully

Groupama-FDJ

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French team Groupama-FDJ’s David Gaudu is a strong contender for the white jersey
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  • Highest GC 2018: 34th
  • TDF stage wins: 11
  • 2018 WT ranking: 14th

Thibaut Pinot has turned his attention back to his national tour thanks to a route that offers him a huge opportunity to repeat his podium finish of 2014. In support, Groupama will pack its line-up with climbers and leave out sprinter Arnaud Démare, winner of stages in each of the last two years. It’s a risky strategy given Pinot’s occasional flakiness in July. David Gaudu, a first-time WorldTour stage winner at Romandie in May, should contend for the white jersey as he gives his all for his leader.

Groupama-FDJ dream tour: A podium finish and a stage win for Pinot, and the white jersey for 22-year-old Gaudu.

Start list:

  • David Gaudu
  • Rudy Molard
  • Thibaut Pinot
  • Sébastien Reichenbach
  • Anthony Roux
  • Matthieu Ladagnous
  • Stefan King
  • William Bonnet

Lotto Soudal

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Belgian team Lotto Soudal has sprinter Caleb Ewan up its sleeve
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  • Highest GC 2018: 65th
  • TDF stage wins: 27
  • 2018 WT ranking: 15th

The Belgian team usually has a sprint focus and this continues as new arrival Caleb Ewan seeks to rekindle the glory days Lotto enjoyed with Robbie McEwen and André Greipel. The small but power-packed Aussie has had a solid start as the squad’s main hitter and won at the Giro d’Italia before what will be a Tour debut. The route doesn’t favour sprinters, so Lotto will also field some attack-minded riders in the shape of breakaway king Thomas De Gendt and puncheurs Tim Wellens and Tiesj Benoot.

Lotto Soudal’s dream tour: Two stage wins (and one for Ewan) with De Gendt crowned most aggressive rider.

Start list

  • Tiesj Benoot
  • Jasper de Buyst
  • Thomas De Gendt
  • Caleb Ewan
  • Jens Keukeleire
  • Roger Kluge
  • Maxime Monfort
  • Tim Wellens

Mitchelton-Scott

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Aussie team Mitchelton-Scott is throwing its weight behind Adam Yates for the GC
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  • Highest GC 2018: 23rd
  • TDF stage wins: 2
  • 2018 WT ranking: 5th

Adam Yates’ GC challenge ended early last year, but buoyed by twin brother Simon’s win at the Vuelta and his own impressive spring campaign that included a string of victories and high GC finishes, Mitchelton is throwing its weight behind him again. The experience Yates gained last year and the route support this strategy. Backed by a strong line-up including Daryl Impey, he might be in yellow following the second-day team time-trial.

Mitchelton-Scott’s dream tour: Victory in the TTT, a couple of stage wins and Adam Yates on the podium.

Start list:

  • Jack Haig
  • Daryl Impey
  • Matteo Trentin
  • Adam Yates
  • Simon Yates
  • Luke Durbridge
  • Chris Juul-Jensen
  • Michael Hepburn

Movistar Team

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Spanish Movistar Team is backing Nairo Quintana to clinch yellow
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  • Highest GC 2018: 7th
  • TDF stage wins: 27
  • 2018 WT ranking: 8th

Nairo Quintana’s efforts to complete a full set of Grand Tour victories have been hampered by his and his team’s reserved approach at the Tour. This July, the Spanish squad has reverted to an all-for-Nairo strategy with Landa given a free role. The Colombian’s 2019 record has given reason for optimism, especially as Quintana has raced more aggressively. Backed by a powerful cohort of climbers on a route ideally suited to his qualities, Quintana has his best chance so far to clinch yellow.

Movistar Team’s dream tour: Victory in Paris for Quintana, with a couple of stage wins and the team prize.

Start list:

  • Andrey Amador
  • Imanol Erviti
  • Mikel Landa
  • Nelson Oliveira
  • Nairo Quintana
  • Marc Soler
  • Alejandro Valverde
  • Carlos Verona

Arkéa-Samsic

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The Breton team hasn’t been having a great season, but may be redeemed by sprinter Greipel and climber Barguil
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  • Highest GC 2018: 17th
  • TDF stage wins: 0
  • 2018 WT ranking: N/A

The Breton team has performed so poorly over the past season and a half that manager Emmanuel Hubert has stated that there will be a major reworking of the roster before the 2020 season. The principal disappointment has been the form of 2017 King of the Mountains Warren Barguil, who hasn’t won a single race since then. Hit by bad luck and fractured vertebrae at Paris-Nice, the Breton should at least be fresh at the Tour. Veteran sprinter André Greipel is also overdue a big win.

Arkéa-Samsic’s dream tour: A sprint win for Greipel, a mountain stage and a second King of the Mountain title for Barguil.

Start list:

  • Warren Barguil
  • Maxime Bouet
  • Anthony Delaplace
  • Elie Gesbert
  • André Greipel
  • Kevin Ledanois
  • Amael Moinard
  • Florian Vachon

Dimension Data

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The South African team can hope for some stage wins
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  • Highest GC 2018: 59th
  • TDF stage wins: 7
  • 2018 WT ranking: 18th

After what the team has described as “a highly competitive process” for selection this year, the surpise omission to the team start list this year is Mark Cavendish.

Expected to return to winning ways after illness and crashes, Cavendish won’t be rolling out of Brussels on Saturday after all, the first time since his first Tour de France in 2007.

Britain Steve Cummings has made the final cut however, as has American Ben King, and Michael Valgren and Edvald Boasson Hagen are expected to make a return to winning form.

Dimension Data’s dream tour: A few stage wins from the team’s mixture of specialist riders

Start list:

  • Edvald Boasson Hagen
  • Stephen Cummings
  • Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
  • Michael Valgren
  • Roman Kreuziger
  • Giacomo Nizzolo — Withdrew from Stage 12
  • Ben King
  • Lars Bak

Team Ineos

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With Froome out, British Team Ineos can hope for a 7th title in 8 years, but will it be Thomas or Bernal who shines?
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  • Highest GC 2018: 1st
  • TDF stage wins: 17
  • 2018 WT ranking: 2nd

The question of how Sky’s successors might accommodate the ambitions of defending champion Geraint Thomas became even more intriguing when Colombian phenomenon Egan Bernal was forced to miss his leadership assignment at the Giro with a broken collarbone. Bernal may emerge as the strongest on a route that gives him every opportunity to display his astonishing climbing talent. All for one and one for all may be their battle cry. But who’s the one?

Team Ineos’ dream tour: A seventh title in eight years. The question is, for who with two team leaders?

Start list:

  • Egan Bernal 
  • Geraint Thomas
  • Jonathan Castroviejo
  • Michal Kwiatkowski
  • Gianni Moscon
  • Wout Poels
  • Luke Rowe
  • Dylan van Baarle

Jumbo-Visma

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Dutch team Jumbo-Visma have a flying Dutchman in the form of Dylan Groenewegen
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  • Highest GC 2018: 4th
  • TDF stage wins: 6
  • 2018 WT ranking: 10th

The Dutch team’s leader Steven Kruiswijk harried Sky all the way to Paris last year, and the dogged Dutchman should be in the frame again, although a podium place may prove too big a stretch, especially with the stage-winning ambitions of sprinter Dylan Groenewegen. One of the fastest finishers in the bunch, this flying Dutchman is a good bet to win at least once.

Jumbo-Visma’s dream tour: A podium finish for Kruiswijk, a TTT win and three stages for Groenewegen.

Start list:

  • George Bennett
  • Laurens de Plus
  • Dylan Groenewegen
  • Amund Grøndahl Jansen
  • Steven Kruijswijk
  • Tony Martin
  • Mike Teunissen
  • Wout Van Aert

Katusha Alpecin

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Swiss Team Katusha Alpecin could do with a stage win or two
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  • Highest GC 2018: 9th
  • TDF stage wins: 4
  • 2018 WT ranking: 17th

With Marcel Kittel gone, it begged the question of who would take on his mantle of figurehead at the Tour. Ilnur Zakarin, ninth last year, has prioritised the Giro, but still offers a useful stage-winning threat. Focusing on stages is likely to be the team’s strategy, with aggressive riders such as Paris-Roubaix runner-up Nils Politt and galloper Rick Zabel likely to get an unexpected opportunity on cycling’s biggest platform.

Katusha Alpecin’s dream tour: A stage win for anyone would lift confidence, two would put them in dreamland.

Start list:

  • Jens Debusschere
  • Jose Goncalves
  • Nils Politt
  • Rick Zabel — Withdrawn, did not start Stage 11
  • Ilnur Zakarin
  • Alex Dowsett
  • Marco Haller
  • Mads Würtz Schmidt

Team Sunweb

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With Tom Dumoulin out of the race, we’re all a bit unsure what to expect from the German Team Sunweb
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  • Highest GC 2018: 2nd
  • TDF stage wins: 14
  • 2018 WT ranking: 9th

Tom Dumoulin’s recent departure from the start list has left many people scratching their heads about Sunweb’s Tour de France strategy, no less than Michael Matthews, who admits he’s devoted most of his training time to preparing to support Dumoulin. The 2017 points winner is still suited to a number of the stages, but very disappointed by the latest developments. As things stand, Sunweb is lacking a Grand Tour contender, so we’ll just wait and see what happens.

Team Sunweb’s dream tour: Who knows? At best, right now, they should hope for a green jersey for Matthews and a couple of stage wins if they find a suitable replacement for Dumoulin.

Start list:

  • Nikias Arndt
  • Wilco Kelderman
  • Søren Kragh Andersen
  • Lennard Kämna
  • Michael Matthews
  • Nicholas Roche
  • Cees Bol
  • Chad Haga

Total Direct Energie

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French team Total Direct Energie has 2017 stage-winner Lilian Calmejane leading the way
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  • Highest GC 2018: 30th
  • TDF stage wins: 10
  • 2018 WT ranking: N/A

The French team’s most significant signing in 2019 has been new lead sponsor Total, the oil and gas giant whose immense pockets are likely to lead to a beefed-up roster in 2020, particularly on the GC side. In the meantime, it’ll stick with its long-standing strategy of fielding attack-minded riders who’ll each get opportunities to pursue the stage win this team so often captures. Leading the way will be 2017 stage-winner Lilian Calmejane, Dutch Classics star Niki Terpstra and punchy Frenchman Anthony Turgis.

Total Direct Energie’s dream tour: Two stage wins, a spell in the yellow jersey and Calmejane top 20 on GC.

Start list:

  • Lilian Calmejane
  • Romain Sicard
  • Rein Taaramäe
  • Niki Terpstra — Withdrew from Stage 11
  • Anthony Turgis
  • Niccolo Bonifazio
  • Fabien Grellier
  • Paul Ourselin

Trek-Segafredo

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Richie Porte is US team Trek-Segafredo’s GC leader for 2019
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  • Highest GC 2018: 26th
  • TDF stage wins: 5
  • 2018 WT ranking: 13th

Winless for much of 2019, Trek stayed in the headlines thanks to regular citing of a mooted deal with Vincenzo Nibali, set to go through in 2020. This should sharpen the focus of Richie Porte, signed as GC leader just this season. So often set back by misfortune, the Australian has the talent to finish on the podium, but his team isn’t nearly as strong as those of his key rivals, so he’ll need to race smartly to achieve this result. 

Trek-Segafredo’s dream tour: Porte to finally avoid mishap, finish on the podium and win a stage.

Start list:

  • Giulio Ciccone
  • Koen De Kort
  • Bauke Mollema
  • Richie Porte
  • Toms Skujins
  • Jasper Stuyven
  • Julien Bernard
  • Fabio Felline

UAE Team Emirates

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The Emirati team will expect to see Dan Martin on the podium
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  • Highest GC 2018: 8th
  • TDF stage wins: 2
  • 2018 WT ranking: 12th

The well-backed Emirati team will put its weight behind Irishman Dan Martin, who’s aiming for an elusive Tour podium finish, and Alexander Kristoff. Martin could easily improve on his Tour best sixth place in 2017, with ex-Sky climber Sergio Henao as his lieutenant. They could bag a hatful of wins.

UAE Team Emirates’ dream tour: Martin on the podium and two wins for its sprint attack.

Start list:

  • Fabio Uro
  • Sven Erik Bystrom
  • Rui Alberto Faria da Costa
  • Sergio Henao
  • Alexander Kristoff
  • Dan Martin
  • Vegard Stake Laengen
  • Jasper Philipsen — Withdrawn, did not start Stage 12

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

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Belgian team Wanty-Groupe Gobert was given the wild card this year, and could hope for a stage win
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  • Highest GC 2018: 21st
  • TDF stage wins: 0
  • 2018 WT ranking: N/A

That the Belgian team was handed a wild card in preference to the French Vital Concept squad boils down to the presence of French climber Guillaume Martin. Winner of the Etna summit finish in April’s Tour of Sicily, its only victory during the spring, the cerebral Martin is making steady progress up the GC ranks. He’d probably be rising quicker on a WorldTour team, but might not have the same opportunity to lead in his national tour. The top 10 might be out of reach, but a stage win is achievable.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert’s dream tour: Top 10 for Martin and a stage win to reward persistent breakaway efforts.

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Start list:

  • Frederik Backaert
  • Aimé de Gendt
  • Odd Eiking
  • Guillaume Martin
  • Xandro Meurisse
  • Yoann Offredo
  • Andrea Pasqualon
  • Kevin Van Melsen