While the restructured WorldTour calendar has forced some teams to rethink their plans for the season, the 2020 Tour de France is still a who’s who of pro cycling.
There are a couple of very notable absentees, however. Four-time winner Chris Froome and Ineos team-mate Geraint Thomas, the 2018 champion, both miss out.
Egan Bernal will defend his yellow jersey in a strong Ineos-Grenadiers line-up, while Tom Dumoulin and pre-race favourite Primoz Roglic will be part of Team Jumbo-Visma’s double charge.
French hopes rest on the likes of Thibaut-Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Romain Bardet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) and Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), with the latter two winning the King of the Mountains classification in the last two editions.
Great Britain’s Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and Ireland’s Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) are also on the startlist.
Here’s the full list of teams and riders for the 2020 Tour de France, but first let’s take a look at the top contenders for the yellow jersey.
Tour de France 2020 favourites
- Primoz Roglic (Team Jumbo-Visma)
- Egan Bernal (Team Ineos)
- Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ)
- Tom Dumoulin (Team Jumbo-Visma)
- Richard Carapraz (Team Ineos)
- Tadej Pogacar (UAE-Team Emirates)
- Nairo Quintana (Arkea-Samsic)
Tour de France 2020 teams and riders
Egan Bernal returns to the Tour de France as defending champion. Alex Broadway/ASO
Team Ineos-Grenadiers (formerly Team Ineos, formerly Team Sky…) have won seven of the last eight Tours, with Egan Bernal the yellow jersey winner last year.
The Colombian became the youngest Tour de France winner for 110 years and the first rider from Latin America to win the race overall.
He was also the white jersey winner, while Team Ineos’ Geraint Thomas was the runner-up, too.
Thomas will not ride this year, and nor will four-time winner Chris Froome, but Bernal is still backed by a strong team – including 2019 Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carparaz.
Success has been harder to come by in 2020, but Ineos have repeatedly shown it is at the Tour where they truly come to life.
- Egan Arley Bernal (COL)
- Andrey Amador (CRC)
- Richard Carapraz (ECU)
- Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP)
- Michal Kwiatkowski (POL)
- Luke Rowe (GBR)
- Pavel Sivakov (RUS)
- Dylan van Baarle (NED)
Tour de France 2019: Winner (Egan Bernal), runner-up (Geraint Thomas), white jersey (Egan Bernal)
Pro wins 2020: Six
Could Jumbo-Visma end the Ineos dominance of the Tour de France? Alex Broadway/ASO
Team Jumbo-Visma go into the Tour de France with a strong squad, including the favourite for the yellow jersey, Primoz Roglic.
The Slovenian, who won the Vuelta a Espana last season, heads a squad that also includes 2018 Tour runner-up Tom Dumoulin.
Jumbo-Visma were set to boast a three-pronged attack for the Tour, but even without injured Steven Kruijswijk they boast plenty of quality.
Wout van Aert, Tony Martin, Robert Gesink and George Bennett are all among the riders set to back Roglic and Dumoulin.
After three stage wins at the 2020 Criterium du Dauphine, and top-ten finishes for Dumoulin and Sepp Kuss, they arrive at this race in good form and looking the most likely to break Ineos’ stranglehold on the yellow jersey.
- Tom Dumoulin (NED)
- Primoz Roglic (SVN)
- Arnaud Grondahl Jansen (DEN)
- Tony Martin (GER)
- Robert Gesink(NED)
- Wout van Aert (BEL)
- George Bennett (NZL)
- Sepp Kuss (USA)
Tour de France 2019: Third place (Steven Kruijswijk), four stage wins
Pro wins 2020: 14
Bora-Hansgrohe will hunt for the green jersey with Peter Sagan. Alex Broadway/ASO
Bora-Hansgrohe were initially set to go into the 2020 Tour de France with two main objectives: another green jersey for Peter Sagan and another strong GC showing for last year’s fourth-placed rider, Emanuel Buchmann.
Sagan still remains on course to add an eighth Tour de France points classification win to his collection, but the team have had to have a rethink otherwise.
Buchmann and team-mate Gregor Muhlberger both crashed out of the Criterium du Dauphine, while Max Schachmann fractured his collarbone after a driver got onto the Il Lombardia course and cut him off.
All three have been selected in the squad, but Bora-Hansgrohe’s wider ambitions beyond Sagan will have to be monitored on a stage-by-stage basis.
Nevertheless, the Slovakian superstar will ensure plenty of air time for the jersey. He’s not content with simply winning the green jersey, he goes all out to totally dominate the points classification.
- Peter Sagan (SVK)
- Emanuel Buchmann (GER)
- Felix Grossschartner (AUT)
- Lennard Kamna (GER)
- Gregor Muhlberger (AUT)
- Daniel Oss (ITA)
- Lukas Postlberger (AUT)
- Maximilian Schachmann (GER)
Tour de France 2019: Green jersey (Peter Sagan), one stage win, fourth overall (Emanuel Buchmann)
Pro wins 2020: 13
Can Romain Bardet ignite French hopes? Alex Broadway/ASO
A course with no individual time trial and some key mountains to tackle should suit Frenchman Romain Bardet.
He was 15th overall last year but did claim the polka-dot jersey along the way. Bardet also proved his form in advance of this year’s race by finishing sixth at the Criterium du Dauphine.
He will have to share the Ag2r-La Mondiale leadership, however, with former white jersey winner Pierre Latour also in the ranks.
Latour didn’t race last year’s Tour, so this is his first one since topping the youth classification in 2018.
Ag2r-La Mondiale have depth to their squad, but the French team’s primary goal will be GC success and individual stage ambitions may have to wait.
- Romain Bardet (FRA)
- Mikael Cherel (FRA)
- Benoit Cosnefroy (FRA)
- Pierre Latour (FRA)
- Oliver Naesen (BEL)
- Nans Peters (FRA)
- Clement Venturini (FRA)
- Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA)
Tour de France 2019: Polka-dot jersey, 15th overall (Romain Bardet)
Pro wins 2020: three
Julian Alaphilippe set the Tour de France alight in 2019. SWpix.com
Deceuninck-QuickStep win a lot. It is simple as that. They have 27 wins as a team so far this season, going into the Tour, and plenty of riders capable of adding to that in France.
The most obvious of those is Sam Bennett, with the Irishman leading their sprinting charge on the flatter stages. Michael Morkov will be his lead-out man, with Shane Archbold overlooked for selection.
Bennett is among the leading contenders for the race’s first yellow jersey in Nice, as he looks to add Tour de France stage wins to previous success at the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana.
Then, attention will turn to Julian Alaphilippe. Deceuninick-QuickStep have played down expectations on a rider who led the race for two weeks last year and finished fifth overall.
Realistically, the course is less suited to him this time around but Alaphilippe will be on the hunt for stage wins, to add to four victories across the last two races.
Zdenek Stybar, for Bennett, and Bob Jungels, for Alaphilippe, form part of an elite supporting cast in a strong team.
Deceuninck-QuickStep are outsiders for a GC win, but this team doesn’t do sitting in the shadows. They will be prominent in some way at least.
- Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
- Kasper Asgreen (DEN)
- Sam Bennett (IRL)
- Tim Declercq (BEL)
- Dries Devenyns (BEL)
- Bob Jungels (LUX)
- Michael Morkov (DEN)
- Zdenek Stybar (CZE)
Tour de France 2019: Combativity award, fifth place (Julian Alaphilippe), two stage wins
Pro wins 2020: 27
Thibaut Pinot is France’s great hope at this year’s Tour. Alex Broadway/ASO
Thibaut Pinot’s three stage wins at the Tour de France don’t even come close to telling the full story of his love-hate relationship with the Grand Tours.
The Frenchman’s third-placed finish in 2014 – and subsequent white jersey win – showed his potential, but illness and injury have too often been his biggest rival.
In 2018, he was third going into the penultimate stage of the Giro d’Italia but fell away after illness, and he was fifth at the Tour last year when a muscular injury forced him out of the race on stage 19.
Nevertheless, Pinot once again has a parcours that suits him and arrives at the race, where he will lead the Groupama-FDJ with back-up from the likes of David Gaudu and experienced Sebastien Reichenbach, in good form.
Second at the pre-Tour Criterium du Dauphine, Pinot will once again be among the leading GC contenders if he continues that form. He just needs a bit of luck along the way.
- Thibaut Pinot (FRA)
- William Bonnet (FRA)
- David Gaudu (FRA)
- Stefan Kung (SUI)
- Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA)
- Valentin Madouas (FRA)
- Rudy Molard (FRA)
- Sebastien Reichenbach (SUI)
Tour de France 2019: 13th place (David Gaudu), one stage win
Pro wins 2020: 8
Bahrain-McLaren’s jersey is one of the easiest to spot in the peloton. CorVos/SWPix.com
Bahrain-McLaren have opted against Britain’s 30-time stage winner Mark Cavendish, instead selecting a climber-heavy team to support Mikel Landa’s GC bid.
It means the Basque rider finally has a team dedicated entirely to him and, after years of frustration at the Grand Tours, this is a big opportunity.
The course suits him, and his supporting cast includes fellow former Team Sky domestique Wout Poels, who was so key to some of the British squad’s big Grand Tour wins.
Landa finished fourth at the Tour in 2017, when he was frustrated by team orders at Sky as he rode in support of Chris Froome. Last year, he was one of three Movistar riders in the top ten.
This time around, the Bahrain-McLaren team is built entirely around him – and this is a major opportunity for a first Tour de France podium finish.
- Mikel Landa (ESP)
- Pello Bilbao (ESP)
- Damiano Caruso (ITA)
- Sonny Colbrelli (ITA)
- Marco Haller (AUT)
- Matej Mohoric (SVN)
- Wout Poels (NED)
- Rafael Valls (ESP)
Tour de France 2019: 39th overall (Vincenzo Nibali), two stage wins
Pro wins 2020: 8
EF Pro Cycling
Former Tour of Flanders winner Alberto Bettiol, pictured at Strade Bianche, is part of EF’s squad. LB/RB/CorVos/SWpix.com
EF Pro Cycling have packed their team with climbing specialists as they target the GC with Rigoberto Uran at the helm.
Second in 2017, the Colombian was seventh overall last year but injuries suffered at the Vuelta a Espana, coupled with the pausing of the 2020 seasons, means he has not raced much this year.
Instead, Daniel Felipe Martinez won the Criterium du Dauphine and Colombian champion Sergio Higuita has enjoyed success this season too.
Higuita makes his Tour de France debut, alongside two fellow first-timers, American Neilson Powless and Britain’s Hugh Carthy.
Whether they can mount a GC challenge remains to be seen, but they have a squad capable of producing something in the mountains at the very least.
- Rigoberto Uran (COL)
- Alberto Bettiol (ITA)
- Hugh Carthy (GBR)
- Sergio Higuita (COL)
- Jens Keukeleire (BEL)
- Daniel Felipe Martinez (COL)
- Tejay van Garderen (USA)
- Neilson Powless (USA)
Tour de France 2019: 7th place (Rigoberto Uran)
Pro wins 2020: ten
Nairo Quintana heads Arkea-Samsic’s line-up. Alex Broadway/ASO
Former British champion Connor Swift is the other British rider, alongside EF Cycling’s Hugh Carthy, set for his Tour de France debut.
He will ride in support of Nairo Quintana, in an Arkea-Samsic side packed with climbing talent for this year’s race.
Colombian ace Quintana, a two-time white jersey winner and former Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a Espana champion, had proved his fitness despite abandoning the Criterium du Dauphine early this month.
His precautionary withdrawal, due to a lingering knee injury after a training crash earlier in the year, has not dampened his ambitions as part of a strong Arkea-Samsic team.
Quintana, his brother Dayer Quintana, Winner Ancona and Italian Diego Rosa join last year’s tenth-place finisher, Warren Barguil, in this squad.
Quintana and Barguil will be their key GC contenders, but both could also hunt stage wins and the mountains classification should things not work out in week one.
- Nairo Quintana (COL)
- Winner Ancona (COL)
- Warren Barguil (FRA)
- Maxime Bouet (FRA)
- Dayer Quintana (COL)
- Diego Rosa (ITA)
- Clement Russo (FRA)
- Connor Swift (GBR)
Tour de France 2019: 39th overall (Vincenzo Nibali), two stage wins
Pro wins 2020: 8
Alejandro Valverde returns for yet another Tour de France. Gomez/CorVos/SWpix.com
Pro cycling’s revised calendar initially forced Movistar into a rethink for the Tour de France, having previously gone in all-in for the race with a three-pronged GC attack.
Of course, part of that change has come from the fact Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana have since left the team, along with last season’s Giro d’Italia winner Richard Carparaz.
And yet, the team they have announced – despite team boss Eusebio Unzue’s suggestions otherwise earlier in the summer – features three GC contenders after all, in Enric Mas, Alejandro Valverde and Marc Soler.
How the team dynamic will now be managed remains to be seen, with Soler initially having been pegged for the Giro d’Italia.
For all of Movistar’s success, the strength of their team means they could surely have done more – particularly at the Tour – with a more focussed team and single team leader.
Nevertheless, they know how to get riders into the pointy end of the toughest stages, and they know how to light up a climb. Their blue jerseys will not be far from the front again.
- Enric Mas (ESP)
- Imanol Erviti (ESP)
- Dario Cataldo (ITA)
- Nelson Oliveira (POR)
- Marc Soler (ESP)
- Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP)
- Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
- Carlos Verona (ESP)
Tour de France 2019: Team classification, one stage win, 6th place (Mikel Landa)
Pro wins 2020: one
Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema co-lead Trek-Segafredo. Alex Broadway/ASO
With Vincenzo Nibali focussing on the Giro d’Italia, Trek-Segafredo’s Tour de France GC ambitions rest on co-leaders Richie Porte and Bauke Mollema.
World champion Mads Pedersen’s rainbow bands will also be among the peloton, as he targets stage wins.
Porte and Pedersen have contributed three of the team’s seven wins so far this season between them, but the former has been beset by misfortune at Grand Tours.
A key domestique for Chris Froome and Team Sky, injuries, illness and spectacular crashes mean he has never fully lived up to his own individual expectations.
Still, with Porte focused on GC, Mollema possibly chasing stage wins and Pedersen likewise, there are plenty of opportunities for some measure of success for Trek-Segafredo in this race.
- Bauke Mollema (NED)
- Richie Porte (AUS)
- Mads Pedersen (DEN)
- Kenny Elissonde (FRA)
- Niklas Eg (DEN)
- Toms Skujins (LTV)
- Jasper Stuyven (BEL)
- Edward Theuns (BEL)
Tour de France 2019: 11th place (Richie Porte)
Pro wins 2020: 7
Look out for Greg van Avermaet’s gold bike at the Tour. Alex Broadway/ASO
As they hunt for sponsors for next season and beyond, CCC Team are focussed on stage wins for the 2020 Tour de France.
That they have just two wins to their name so far this season does not bode well then, but they boast experience and a wide variety of riders for the race.
Matteo Trentin and Greg van Avermaet have proved their quality at the Tour before, with five stage wins between them.
The latter, whose reign as Olympic champion was extended by the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games, appears their best chance of success this season too as he targets breakaways.
Ilnur Zakarin, Simon Geschke and Alessandro de Marchi will be more prominent in the mountains, meanwhile, ensuring the team has multiple opportunities to sell themselves to potential investors.
- Alessandro de Marchi (ITA)
- Simon Geschke (GER)
- Jan Hirt (CZE)
- Jonas Koch (GER)
- Michael Schar (SUI)
- Matteo Trentin (ITA)
- Greg van Avermaet (BEL)
- Ilnur Zakarin (RUS)
Tour de France 2019: 36th (Greg van Avermaet)
Pro wins 2020: 2
Cofidis, Solutions Credits
Are times changing for Cofidis? Alex Broadway/ASO
Could times be changing for the Cofidis team at the Tour de France at last? Ever-presents in the race since their debut in 1997, they have not won a stage of this race since 2008.
But elevation to the WorldTour and some handy new signings means the drought could be finally be ended in 2020.
Elia Viviani, one of the new signings for 2020, leads the charge for stage wins. He won a stage at last year’s race with Deceuninck-QuickStep to complete his Grand Tour set.
And the 2019 European champion did not defend his European champion’s jersey this year to focus on his Tour preparations.
He is not Cofidis’ only hope either, with Guillaume Martin their man for the mountains having arrived at the race in excellent form.
Third-place finishes at the Mont Ventoux Denivele Challenge and Criterium du Dauphine prove the 27-year-old’s own form and potential.
- Elia Viviani (ITA)
- Simone Consonni (ITA)
- Nicolas Edet (FRA)
- Jesus Herrada (ESP)
- Christophe Laporte (FRA)
- Guillaume Martin (FRA)
- Anthony Perez (FRA)
- Pierre-Luc Perichon (FRA)
Tour de France 2019: 20th (Jesus Herrada)
Pro wins 2020: 2
UAE Team Emirates
Davide Formolo is among a strong supporting cast for UAE Team Emirates. Alex Broadway/ASO
UAE Team Emirates have two leaders for the 2020 Tour de France, as the bid to add to their 19 victories so far this year.
Tadej Pogacar accounts for five of those wins and strong form at the Criterium du Dauphine bodes well for the 21-year-old, who finished third on his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana last year.
The young Slovenian is no longer an unknown, but that has not stopped him enjoying success in 2020 already.
UAE Team Emirates also have Fabio Aru at the head of the team, with David de la Cruz and Davide Formolo among their stronger supporting riders.
Aru, the 2015 Vuelta a Espana winner, was UAE Team Emirates’ top finisher last season but there is hope that Pogacar can step things up for the team in 2020.
- Tadej Pogacar (SVN)
- Fabio Aru (ITA)
- David de la Cruz (ESP)
- Davide Formolo (ITA)
- Alexander Kristoff (NOR)
- Vegard Stake Laengen (NOR)
- Marco Marcato (ITA)
- Jan Polanc (SVN)
Tour de France 2019: 14th (Fabio Aru)
Pro wins 2020: 19
Astana have enjoyed a successful 2020 to date. Nico Vereecken/CorVos/SWpix.com
If you are looking for omens, things do not look good for Astana, who had to abandon the Virtual Tour de France during lockdown due to unreliable internet.
Back in the real peloton, however, 2020 has been moderately successful for Astana so far with 11 wins so far this season.
Their more prominent riders, Giro di Lombardia champion Jakob Fuglsang and third-place finisher Aleksandr Vlasov are heading to the Giro d’Italia instead, however.
That frees things up at the Tour for Miguel Angel Lopez to spearhead their GC charge with a very experienced supporting cast alongside him.
Gorka Izagirre, Ion Izagirre, Alexey Lutsenko and newly-crowned Spanish champion Luis Leon Sanchez provide stacks of experience.
Lopez, meanwhile, found form with a fifth-place finish at the Criterium du Dauphine and the former Giro and Vuelta podium finisher could be a dark horse for this race.
- Miguel Angel Lopez (COL)
- Hugo Houle (CAN)
- Omar Fraile (ESP)
- Gorka Izagirre (ESP)
- Ion Izagirre (ESP)
- Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ)
- Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP)
- Harold Tejada (COL)
Tour de France 2019: 19th (Alexey Lutsenko)
Pro wins 2020: 11
Lotto-Soudal have a wealth of talent at their disposal. Alex Broadway/ASO
Lotto-Soudal have five wins to their name so far this season which is a surprise in truth, given they boast the talents of serial winners like Caleb Ewan, Philippe Gilbert and John Degenkolb.
All three will join the hunt for stage wins at the Tour de France, with Ewan – who is responsible for four of those five wins – a contender for the first yellow jersey in Nice.
He will also be looking for a repeat of his success on the Champs-Elysees last year as he looks to cement his place among the peloton’s top sprinters.
Breakaway expert Thomas de Gendt is another rider hunting stage wins, when the roads get tougher, and there will be plenty of opportunities for Lotto-Soudal to get riders up the road too.
- Steff Cras (BEL)
- Jasper de Buyst (BEL)
- Thomas de Gendt (BEL)
- John Degenkolb (GER)
- Caleb Ewan (AUS)
- Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
- Roger Kluge (GER)
- Frederik Frison (BEL)
Tour de France 2019: 59th (Tiejs Benoot), four stage wins
Pro wins 2020: 5
Adam Yates will go on the hunt for stage wins at the Tour. Zac Williams/SWpix.com
Mitchelton-Scott have no Australians in their line-up for the 2020 Tour de France but they do have a varied team capable of stage wins across different terrains.
While former white jersey winner, Britain’s Team Ineos-bound Adam Yates, and Colombian climbing ace Esteban Chaves are both potential GC contenders, the team itself has said the focus is on stage success.
Yates, Chaves and Mikel Nieve will be contenders in the mountains then, as the team looks to follow up their four stage victories in last season’s race, while Luka Mezgec and Daryl Impey are options on the flatter stages.
While they could not mount a GC challenge last year, the Tour was otherwise hugely successful Mitchelton-Scott thanks to their stage wins, and they have the depth of options for more of the same in 2020.
- Adam Yates (GBR)
- Sam Bewley (NZL)
- Esteban Chaves (COL)
- Christopher Juul-Jensen (DEN)
- Jack Bauer (NZL)
- Mikel Nieve (ESP)
- Luka Mezgec (SVN)
- Daryl Impey (RSA)
Tour de France 2019: 29th (Adam Yates), four stage wins
Pro wins 2020: 12
Israel Start-Up Nation
Israel Start-Up Nation will be boosted by Chris Froome in 2021. This year, Andre Greipel and Dan Martin head the Tour line-up. Alex Broadway/ASO
Israel Start-Up Nation make their Tour de France debut with Irishman Dan Martin and German sprinter Andre Greipel among their more notable riders.
With Chris Froome on the way for 2021, the squad will be the focus of wider attention next season than is likely this year.
Neither Martin nor Greipel finished the Criterium du Dauphine, and the last of Greipel’s 11 Tour stage wins was back in 2016.
The biggest news story might instead be Guy Niv becoming the first Israeli cyclist to race in the Tour de France then – though the team is keen to press for stage wins and breakaway opportunities.
- Dan Martin (IRL)
- Andre Greipel (GER)
- Ben Hermans (BEL)
- Hugo Hofstetter (FRA)
- Krists Neilands (LTV)
- Guy Niv (ISR)
- Nils Politt (GER)
- Tom van Asbroeck (BEL)
Tour de France 2019: N/A
Pro wins 2020: 5
Team Total Direct Energie
Little suggests Team Total Direct Energie will be at the sharp end of this year’s race. Alex Broadway/ASO
Like Cofidis, Total Direct Energie – and all its previous guises – have been a regular feature at the Tour de France but without any recent success to shout about.
Unlike Cofidis, however, there is very little to suggest that will be changing this year. Their last stage win was Lilian Calmejane’s in 2017 and he returns to lead the team this year.
Niccolo Bonifazio – the only non-Frenchman in their team for this race – accounts for two of their three victories so far this season, meanwhile.
Continuing the lead previously shown by riders like Thomas Voeckler and Pierre Rolland, Direct Energie will be in the breakaways on almost every stage.
But success beyond that seems unlikely given previous performances and their results so far this season too.
- Lilian Calmejane (FRA)
- Niccolo Bonifazio (ITA)
- Mathieu Burgaudeau (FRA)
- Jerome Cousin (FRA)
- Fabien Grellier (FRA)
- Romain Sicard (FRA)
- Geoffrey Soupe (FRA)
- Anthony Turgis (FRA)
Tour de France 2019: 66th (Rein Taaramae)
Pro wins 2020: 3
NTT Pro Cycling
NTT will be on the look out for stage wins. Alex Broadway/ASO
NTT Pro Cycling will be another team hunting stage wins at this year’s Tour de France – as they have been successful in achieving in the past.
They have just one African rider in their ranks, but it is a notable one in South African champion Ryan Gibbons.
He is one of two national champions, with Giacomo Nizzolo arriving fresh from securing victory in the Italian national road race too.
Nizzolo, led out by the likes of Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Valgren, will be their main man on the flatter stages as – despite twice winning the points classification at the Giro d’Italia – he goes in search of his first Grand Tour stage win.
In the mountains, meanwhile, veterans Domenic Pozzovivo and Roman Kreuziger bring stacks of experience and should relish the chance to be let off the leash when the roads start to point upwards.
- Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA)
- Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA)
- Michael Valgren (DEN)
- Ryan Gibbons (RSA)
- Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)
- Max Walscheid (GER)
- Michael Gogl (AUT)
- Roman Kreuziger (CZE)
Tour de France 2019: 16th (Roman Kreuziger)
Pro wins 2020: 7
Nicolas Roche is part of Team Sunweb’s squad. LB/RB/CorVos/SWpix.com
A balanced Team Sunweb team will be bidding to add to their eight victories so far this season, though their most recent winner – Bretagne Classic-Ouest France champion Michael Matthews – is not part of their squad.
Instead, Nikias Arndt will be their sprinting lead, with Soren Kragh Andersen and Cees Bol providing fire-power as his lead-out men.
Tiesj Benoot is better known for his one-day ability but there are a couple of punchy stages that could tempt him into the breakaway, while veteran Nicolas Roche is a hugely experienced road captain.
Last year’s Tour de France fell flat for Team Sunweb, and the omission of Matthews, Wilco Kelderman and Sam Oomen – with all three riding the Giro d’Italia instead – suggest this year could be a similar story. Their priorities are elsewhere this season.
- Soren Kragh Andersen (DEN)
- Nikias Arndt (GER)
- Tiesj Benoot (BEL)
- Cees Bol (NED)
- Marc Hirschi (SUI)
- Joris Nieuwenhuis (NED)
- Casper Pedersen (DEN)
- Nicolas Roche (IRL)
Tour de France 2019: 40th (Lennard Kamna)
Pro wins 2020: 8
B&B Hotels-Vital Concept p/b KTM
Bryan Coquard has endured a number of near-misses at the Tour. CorVos/SWPix.com
Runner-up at the French national road race last weekend, Bryan Coquard will look for better success at the Tour de France as he leads the sprinting charge for B&B Hotels-Vital Concept.
Coquard cut a frustrated figure at Team Europcar/Direct Energie in previous years, as despite a number of near misses he could not get a first Tour stage win.
And he has been a frustrated figure since, given this is the first time the Vital Concept team have been at the Tour de France since he joined in 2018.
His form looked good last weekend, however, and he can certainly not be written off on the flat stages.
The team’s stage ambitions do not purely revolve around Coquard either, with veteran Pierre Rolland – who started the month by winning Le Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc – leading the team in the mountains.
- Bryan Coquard (FRA)
- Cyril Barthe (FRA)
- Maxime Chevalier (FRA)
- Jens Debusschere (GER)
- Cyril Gautier (FRA)
- Quentin Pacher (FRA)
- Kevin Reza (FRA)
- Pierre Rolland (FRA)
Tour de France 2019: N/A
Pro wins 2020: 4