2021 Tour de France Teams Preview An analysis of all 23 teams in the 2021 Tour de France

Analysis of all 23 teams by Bernard Thévenet and John Wilcockson.

AG2R – CITROËN TEAM (FRANCE)

TEAM LEADERS: Greg Van Avermaet (B), 36; Ben O’Connor (Aus), 25

SUPPORT RIDERS: Benoît Cosnefroy (F), 25; Dorian Godon (F), 25; Oliver Naesen (B), 30; Aurélien Paret-Peintre (F), 25; Nans Peters (Nl), 27; Michael Schär (Swi), 34

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: BMC
DRIVETRAIN: Campagnolo
WHEELS: Campagnolo
CLOTHING: Rosti
GENERAL MANAGER
Vincent Lavenu

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
Insurance corporation; French car manufacturer

TEAM FOUNDED: 1992

A CHANGE OF FOCUS

Vincent Lavenu’s team is at a crossroads. The departure of Romain Bardet, who led AG2R’s challenge for a podium place for many years, has forced this French team to renew its game plan. It’s not going to focus on the overall classification, as it doesn’t have the riders to do so—although Australia’s Ben O’Connor is an intriguing prospect in his Tour debut after rediscovering his best climbing form at May’s Tour de Romandie. The team can also deliver some exciting racing with Greg Van Avermaet and Benoît Cosnefroy looking to win stages. Frenchman Aurélien Paret-Peintre is coming to the Tour to learn after a good first Giro in 2020 (16th). If things go well, he or O’Connor could fight for the white jersey of best young rider.

ALPECIN – FENIX (BELGIUM)

TEAM LEADER: Mathieu van de Poel (Nl), 26

SUPPORT RIDERS: Silvan Dillier (Swi), 30; Tim Merlier (B), 28; Xando Meurisse (B), 29; Jasper Philipsen (B), 23; Jonas Rickaert (B), 27; Kristian Sbaragli (I), 31; Petr Vakoc (Cz), 28

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Canyon
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Shimano
CLOTHING: Kalas
GENERAL MANAGER
Christoph Roodhooft

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
German shampoo producer; Italian innovative design company

TEAM FOUNDED: 2009

Yellow jersey for MVDP?

The Alpecin-Fenix team and Mathieu van der Poel are set for their Tour de France debuts. The Tour needs MVDP, who attacks, inspires, and has charisma. It’s funny to think that he’s well placed to take the yellow jersey on the first day of his first Tour. But he is capable of winning the opening stage on the heights above Landerneau, and he would be sure to dedicate it to his famous grandfather, Raymond Poulidor, who never wore yellow in 14 Tour appearances despite his eight podium finishes in Paris. Also, look for Tim Merlier and Jasper Philipsen in the bunch sprints, while Silvan Dillier in on a high after winning the Swiss national road title on June 20. MVDP will be ready to put on a show and he’ll be able to count on seven teammates committed to his cause.

ASTANA – PREMIER TECH (KAZAHKSTAN)

TEAM LEADER: Jakob Fuglsang (Dk), 36

SUPPORT RIDERS: Alex Aranburu (Sp), 25; Stefan de Bod (SA), 24; Omar Fraile (Sp), 30; Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz), 35; Hugo Houle (Can), 30; Ion Izagirre (Sp), 32; Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz), 28

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Wilier
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Corima
CLOTHING: Giordana
TEAM MANAGERS
Giuseppe Martinelli and Steve Bauer

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
Kazakhstan conglomerate; Canadian tech innovator

TEAM FOUNDED: 2007

SHOOTING FOR STAGE WINS

The Kazakh-Canadian team might have waved goodbye to climber Miguel Angel López, while Aleksandr Vlasov went to battle for victory at the Giro d’Italia instead of the Tour. This means that Astana-Premier Tech’s veteran leader Jakob Fuglsang will be free to shoot for stage wins, along with the just-crowned Spanish national champions Omar Fraile (road race) and Ion Izagirre (time trial). As for Alexey Lutsenko, the Kazakh might upgrade his ambitions from stage wins to the GC after placing second overall to Richie Porte at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné.

BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS (BAHRAIN)

TEAM LEADER: Jack Haig (Aus), 27

SUPPORT RIDERS: Pello Bilbao (Sp), 31; Sonny Colbrelli (I), 31; Marco Haller (A), 30; Matej Mohorič (Slo), 26; Wout Poels (Nl), 33; Dylan Teuns (B), 29; Fred Wright (GB), 22

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Merida
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Vision
CLOTHING: Nalini

GENERAL MANAGER
Milan Eržen

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR
Kingdom of Bahrain

TEAM FOUNDED: 2017

Looking for a leader

With Mikel Landa, fourth at the 2020 Tour, still on the injured list after his unfortunate crash at the Giro, Bahrain will be looking to Aussie Jack Haig, Spaniard Pello Bilbao or Dutchman Wout Poels to shoot for the top 10. But the team’s initial goal will be seeking a stage win or two with the new Italian road champion Sonny Colbrelli or Belgian opportunist Dylan Teuns—who could very well succeed as he did in 2019 on the stage to La Planche des Belles Filles.

B&B HOTELS P/B KTM (FRANCE)

TEAM LEADER: Pierre Rolland (F), 34

SUPPORT RIDERS: Cyril Barthe (F), 25; Franck Bonnamour (F), 26; Maxime Chevalier (F), 22; Bryan Coquard (F), 29; Cyril Gautier (F), 33; Cyril Lemoine (F), 38; Quentin Pacher (F), 29

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: KTM
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: DT Swiss
CLOTHING: Noret

GENERAL MANAGER
Jérôme Pineau

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
Brittany-based hotel chain; Austrian bike company

TEAM FOUNDED: 2018

Active on every terrain

This second-tier French team, which had a good Tour in 2020 without getting a stage win, can make an impression on any kind of terrain. Veteran French climber Pierre Rolland could make a last stand in the high mountains. He knows how to find the key to be in the right breakaways and his experience is an asset for his teammates. On hilly stages, Quentin Pacher is always active and really deserves some success. Finally, Bryan Coquard, despite the occasional ineffectiveness of his lead-out train, is still a great sprinter. He deserves to win a stage and erase the memory of his close second place to Marcel Kittel at Limoges back in 2016.

BORA – HANSGROHE (GERMANY)

TEAM LEADERS: Wilco Kelderman (Nl), 30; Peter Sagan (Svk), 31

SUPPORT RIDERS: Emanuel Buchmann (G), 28; Patrick Konrad (A), 29; Daniel Oss (Swi), 34; Nils Politt (G), 27; Lukas Pöstlberger (A), 29; Ide Schelling (Nl), 23

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Specialized
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Roval
CLOTHING: Sportful

GENERAL MANAGER
Ralph Denk

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
Manufacturer of cooktop, extractor hoods; bathroom faucet producer

TEAM FOUNDED: 2010

Lots of choices

Despite the years he has been around, Peter Sagan retains a key place on this ambitious German squad. The seven-time winner of the green jersey can win a stage or two and even look for an eighth green jersey. In the mountains, the team will look to Emanuel Buchmann, who’s still seeking the form that took him to fourth overall at the 2019 Tour, and Wilco Kelderman—who could emerge as BORA-Hansgrohe’s GC contender after his fourth place in the recent Dauphiné. Also in top form is the new Austrian road champion Patrick Konrad, who could well win a stage. With all these conflicting goals, the Bora directeurs sportifs will have a critical role to play in ensuring that everyone is singing from the same hymnbook.

COFIDIS (FRANCE)

TEAM LEADER: Guillaume Martin (F), 28

SUPPORT RIDERS: Rubén Fernández (Sp), 30; Simon Geschke (G), 35; Jesús Herrada (S), 30; Christophe Laporte (F), 28; Anthony Perez (F), 30; Pierre-Luc Périchon (F), 34; Jelle Wallays (B), 32

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: De Rosa
DRIVETRAIN: Campagnolo
WHEELS: Fulcrum
CLOTHING: Nalini

GENERAL MANAGER
Cédric Vasseur

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR
Online credit corporation

TEAM FOUNDED: 1996

Counting on Martin

The main objective of Cofidis team manager Cédric Vasseur is to win a stage, something that this team hasn’t managed to do since 2008; it seems like an eternity. The French team can count on the best French rider at the 2020 Tour, Guillaume Martin (11th), who continues to improve. And Spain’s Jesús Herrada could shoot for a stage win out of a breakaway. With the help of teammates like Simon Geschke and Jelle Wallays, Martin can aim for a place in the top 10, as well as the best climber title, just as he did in last year’s Vuelta.

DECEUNINCK – QUICK-STEP (BELGIUM)

TEAM LEADER: Julian Alaphilippe (F), 29

SUPPORT RIDERS: Kasper Asgreen (Dk), 26; Davide Ballerini (I), 26; Mattia Cattaneo (I), 30; Mark Cavendish (GB), 36; Tim Declercq (B), 32; Dries Devenyns (B), 37; Michael Mørkøv (Dk), 36

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Specialized
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Roval
CLOTHING: Vermarc

GENERAL MANAGER
Patrick Lefevere

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
Belgian manufacturer of vinyl windows & doors; laminated flooring producer

TEAM FOUNDED: 2003

Early success for Alaphilippe (and Cavendish)?

Veteran Belgian team manager Patrick Lefevere’s riders always race well and make few mistakes. Julian Alaphilippe can focus right from the start on a stage win and the yellow jersey. If he wants to play a role in the GC battle, he should take things easy early on, but that’s not his style. He always wants to attack, and the first two Breton stages really suit him. The world champion is also targeting stages in the Alps and Pyrénées. Sam Bennett is not starting the Tour because of a late injury, so everyone is intrigued to see if Mark Cavendish, at 36, can add to his record career total of 30 sprint victories at the Tour. He has Bennett’s powerful lead-out train, so anything is possible.

EF EDUCATION – NIPPO (UNITED STATES)

TEAM LEADER: Rigoberto Urán (Col), 34

SUPPORT RIDERS: Stefan Bissegger (Swi), 22; Magnus Cort (Dk), 28; Ruben Guerreiro (P), 26; Sergio Higuita (Col), 23; Neilson Powless (USA), 24; Jonas Rutsch (G), 23; Michael Valgren (Dk), 29

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Cannondale
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Vision
CLOTHING: Rapha

GENERAL MANAGER
Jonathan Vaughters

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
Provider of language training, cultural exchange & educational travel; construction company

TEAM FOUNDED: 2005

Watch for Urán!

To make an impression and get good results at the same time, the American-based EF Education-Nippo team managed by Jonathan Vaughters is always on the front foot, an approach epitomized by Magnus Cort, winner this year of the final stages at Paris–Nice and La Route d’Occitanie, and climber Sergio Higuita, who won a stage of the 2019 Vuelta a España. But the team’s most consequential performance could come from Colombian veteran Rigoberto Uran, who was an impressive runner-up to INEOS’s Richard Carapaz at this month’s Tour de Suisse and should feature among the GC’s big guns.

GROUPAMA – FDJ

TEAM LEADERS: David Gaudu (F), 24; Arnaud Démare (F), 29

SUPPORT RIDERS: Bruno Armirail (F), 27; Jacopo Guarnieri (I), 33; Ignatus Konovalovas (Lit), 35; Stefan Küng (Swi), 27; Valentin Madouas (F), 24; Miles Scotson (Aus), 27

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Lapierre
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Shimano
CLOTHING: Alé

GENERAL MANAGER
Marc Madiot

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
French insurance corporation; Paris lottery

TEAM FOUNDED: 1997

All for two!

This French team is changing course at the Tour by playing two cards, those of sprinter and double stage winner (2017 and 2018) Arnaud Démare and climber David Gaudu, who is stepping up in status in the absence of Thibaut Pinot. Démare now has a good train and could claim victory in the points classification. For Gaudu, this is a first. As the team leader in the mountains, he’ll have to learn to be patient. He’ll have to be consistent every day, even when he’s not at his best. He has all the qualities to win a stage and to aim for the best climber’s jersey.

INEOS GRENADIERS (GREAT BRITAIN)

TEAM LEADER: Geraint Thomas (GB), 35

SUPPORT RIDERS: Richard Carapaz (Ecu), 28; Jonathan Castroviejo (Sp), 34; Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB), 26;
Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol), 31; Richie Porte (Aus), 36; Luke Rowe (GB), 31; Dylan van Baarle (Nl), 29

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Pinarello
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Shimano
CLOTHING: Castelli

GENERAL MANAGER
Sir Dave Brailsford

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR
Global manufacturer of petrochemicals, specialty chemicals and oil products

TEAM FOUNDED: 2009

Thomas looking good

What a team! The INEOS Grenadiers’ line-up features a former Tour winner (Geraint Thomas), two Giro winners (Tao Geoghegan Hart and Richard Carapaz) and the man who finished third in the 2020 Tour (Richie Porte). The problem for this team could be deciding on one leader, but manager Dave Brailsford has real authority when it comes to these decisions. Thomas returned to his best form to win the Tour de Romandie in May; Porte followed up by winning the Critérium du Dauphiné; and then Carapaz won the Tour de Suisse! So, this British team looks set to dominate in the mountains and do some major damage over the three weeks.

INTERMARCHÉ-WANTY-GOBERT MATÉRIAUX (BELGIUM)

TEAM LEADER: Louis Meintjes (SA), 29

SUPPORT RIDERS: Jan Bakelants (B), 35; Jonas Koch (G), 27; Lorenzo Rota (I), 26; Boy van Poppel (Nl), 33; Danny van Poppel (Nl), 27 ; Loïc Vliegen (B), 27 ; Georg Zimmermann (G), 23

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Cube
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Newmen

CLOTHING: Santic

GENERAL MANAGER
Jean-François Bourlat

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
French supermarket chain; construction company; building materials supplier

TEAM FOUNDED: 2008

Possibilities

The Belgian team has already taken part in the Tour de France thanks to wild-card invitations. This time, while it owes its participation to its UCI WorldTour license, its philosophy remains unchanged. It has recruited South African climber Louis Meintjes, who is starting to show the form that carried him to eighth place overall at the Tour in 2016 and 2017. Hilaire Van der Schueren’s men will have to race as if they had received an invitation, by getting into the thick of things and animating the race. Winning a Tour stage for the first time would be fabulous for these guys—as it was when they won a stage at the Giro earlier this year.

ISRAEL START-UP NATION (ISRAEL)

TEAM LEADER: Michael Woods (Can), 34

SUPPORT RIDERS: Guillaume Boivin (Can), 32; Chris Froome (GB), 36; Omer Goldstein (Isr), 24; André Greipel (G), 38; Reto Hollenstein (Swi), 35; Dan Martin (Irl), 34; Rick Zabel (G), 27

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Factor

DRIVETRAIN: Shimano

WHEELS: Black Inc

CLOTHING: Jinga

GENERAL MANAGER

Kjell Carlström

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR
Israeli non-profit innovator

TEAM FOUNDED: 2014

Road captain Froome to help Woods

Everyone wishes four-time Tour winner Christopher Froome the best of luck after the horrendous crash he had at the 2019 Critérium du Dauphiné that left him badly injured. It has taken a long time to regain his strength, and trying to reach a semblance of good form has proved obstinately difficult. But the Israeli team also has two great climbers in Dan Martin and Michael Woods—and the Canadian has been designated to take the leadership role after winning a mountain stage in Romandie and finishing top five at the Tour de Suisse. With Froome as road captain the team will be getting the benefit of the Brit’s longtime grand tour knowledge.

JUMBO – VISMA (NETHERLANDS)

TEAM LEADER: Primož Roglič (Slo), 31

SUPPORT RIDERS: Robert Gesink (Nl), 35; Steven Kruijswijk (Nl), 34; Sepp Kuss (USA), 26; Tony Martin (G), 36; Mike Teunissen (Nl), 28; Wout Van Aert (B), 26; Jonas Vingegaard (Dk), 24

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Cervélo
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Shimano
CLOTHING: Agu

GENERAL MANAGER
Richard Plugge

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
Dutch national lottery; Norwegian business software and services company

TEAM FOUNDED: 1994

Roglič looking for revenge

The circumstances of Jumbo-Visma’s defeat at the 2020 Tour and the setbacks suffered by Primož Roglič, notably in this year’s Paris–Nice, may prompt the Dutch team to race differently. The absence of former team leader Tom Dumoulin may also influence the team’s tactics. But thanks to its Slovenian star (who will be looking for revenge) and new Belgian champion Wout Van Aert (who’s aiming to be more than a simple teammate) along with Sepp Kuss and Steven Kruijswijk (who provide strength in the mountains), this is clearly one of the peloton’s three best teams. For Roglič, who has taken a two-month break from racing to focus on altitude training, this Tour will be vitally important to the rest of his career.

LOTTO – SOUDAL (BELGIUM)

TEAM LEADER: Caleb Ewan (Aus), 26

SUPPORT RIDERS: Jasper De Buyst (B), 27; Thomas De Gendt (B), 34; Philippe Gilbert (B), 38; Roger Kluge (G), 35; Harry Sweeny (Aus), 22; Tosh Van der Sande (B), 30; Brent Van Moer (B), 23

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Ridley
DRIVETRAIN: Campagnolo
WHEELS: Campagnolo
CLOTHING: Vermarc

GENERAL MANAGER
John Lelangue

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
Belgian national lottery; manufacturer of sealants, adhesives and foams

TEAM FOUNDED: 2012

Ewan, the ace sprinter

This Belgian team is likely to rely almost exclusively on sprinter Caleb Ewen, the winner of two stages in 2020, who also came close to victory in Milan–San Remo this year. With the help of Philippe Gilbert and Roger Kluge, the Australian will aim to win at least one stage that would already make the Tour a success. In the hilly stages, Lotto-Soudal will be looking to breakaway artist Thomas De Gendt to add to his tally of impressive stage wins.

MOVISTAR TEAM (SPAIN)

TEAM LEADER: Miguel Ángel López (Col), 27

SUPPORT RIDERS: Jorge Arcas (Sp), 28; Imanol Erviti (Sp), 37; Iván García Cortina (Sp), 25; Enric Mas (Sp), 26; Marc Soler (Sp), 27; Alejandro Valverde (Sp), 41; Carlos Verona (Sp), 28

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Canyon
DRIVETRAIN: SRAM
WHEELS: Zipp
CLOTHING: Alé

GENERAL MANAGER
Eusebio Unzué

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR
Mobile phone operator

TEAM FOUNDED: 1980

Two cards to play

Movistar had a great 2020 Tour, winning the team classification and seeing Enric Mas take fifth place on GC and second in the best young rider classification. This year, the Spanish team will be counting on Mas once again, but he’ll share leadership duties with Colombian climber Miguel Ángel López, who was seventh and won the major stage in the Alps stage in 2020. This pair will start in Brest as equals, with the team likely working for both. The stage 5 time trial in Laval could be the deciding factor. Although Mas is improving as an all-arounder, he’s likely to be inferior to López in the mountains. Add in veteran Alejandro Valverde, who would like to win a stage, and Movistar looks like a solid outfit.

TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC (FRANCE)

TEAM LEADER: Nairo Quintana (Col), 31

SUPPORT RIDERS: Warren Barguil (F), 29; Nacer Bouhanni (F), 30; Anthony Delaplace (F), 31; Élie Gesbert (F), 25; Daniel McLay (GB), 29; Clément Russo (F), 26; Connor Swift (GB), 25

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Canyon
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Shimano
CLOTHING: EKOI

GENERAL MANAGER
Emmanuel Hubert

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
Banking corporation; business service provider

TEAM FOUNDED: 2013

A debt to pay

The team from Brittany owes the Tour a small debt for getting a wild-card slot in a race that opens in its bailiwick. Arkea-Samsic needs to distinguish itself and the best way to do so will be to animate the race. Nairo Quintana, who suffered a knee injury in the second week of the 2020 Tour, is again aiming for a high overall classification. With the Colombian veteran and local man Warren Barguil, the team will be very motivated by the Grand Départ at home in Brittany. It has the means to win a stage in the mountains, or even to compete for the polka-dot jersey. When it comes to the sprints, Nacer Bouhanni, who has never won a stage at the Tour, will need to be opportunistic, perhaps with the help of the team’s two fast British riders, Dan McLay and Connor Swift.

TEAM BIKE EXCHANGE

TEAM LEADER: Simon Yates (GB), 28

SUPPORT RIDERS: Esteban Chaves (Col), 31; Luke Durbridge (Aus), 30; Amund Grøndahl Jansen (N), 27; Chris Juul-Jensen (Dk), 31; Luke Hamilton (Aus), 25; Michael Matthews (Aus), 30; Luka Mezgec (Slo), 33

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Bianchi
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Shimano
CLOTHING: Giordana

GENERAL MANAGER
Brent Copeland

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR
Global cycling marketplace

TEAM FOUNDED: 2011

Simon Yates to shine

Over the winter, the Australian team let leader Adam Yates, the best young rider in the 2016 Tour, leave for INEOS Grenadiers. Yet his twin brother Simon Yates, winner of two stages in 2019 and third overall at this year’s Giro d’Italia, is much more than simply a stand-in as team leader. Yates can count on strong support from the resurgent Esteban Chaves and youngster Lucas Hamilton, the revelation of this year’s Paris–Nice. The team will also aim to support Aussie sprinter Michael Matthews, whose goal is to win in the opening few days and shoot for the green jersey title again.

TEAM DSM (GERMANY)

TEAM LEADER: Tiesj Benoot (B), 27

SUPPORT RIDERS: Cees Bol (Nl), 25; Mark Donovan (GB), 22; Nils Eekhoff (Nl), 23; Søren Kragh Andersen (Dk), 26; Joris Nieuwenhuis (Nl), 25; Casper Pedersen (Dk), 25; Jasha Sütterlin (G), 28

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Scott
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Shimano
CLOTHING: Craft

GENERAL MANAGER
Iwan Spekenbrink

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR
Multinational active in nutrition, materials and innovation

TEAM FOUNDED: 2005

A constant order: Attack!

Last year, racing under the Sunweb name, this team made a real mark. Strategically speaking, it was the Tour’s best team, attacking almost every day and winning three stages thanks to Søren Kragh Andersen and Marc Hirschi. The German team also has a good GC rider in the shape of Tiesj Benoot, while Kragh Andersen will be looking to add to his tally of stage wins. So look to Team DSM to do the same thing it did in 2020: Attack, no matter the terrain.

TEAM QHUBEKA-NEXTHASH (SOUTH AFRICA)

TEAM LEADER: Sergio Henao (Col), 33

SUPPORT RIDERS: Carlos Barbero (I), 30; Sean Bennett (USA), 25; Victor Campenaerts (B), 29; Simon Clarke (Aus), 34; Nic Dlamini (SA), 25; Michael Gogl (A), 27; Max Walscheid (G), 28

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: BMC

DRIVETRAIN: Shimano/Rotor

WHEELS: Hunt

CLOTHING: Assos

GENERAL MANAGER
Doug Ryder

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
African bicycle supply charity; Swiss clothing manufacturer

TEAM FOUNDED: 2007

Will have to improvise

The South African team managed by Doug Ryder doesn’t have available either of its Italian climbers, Fabio Aru and Domenico Pozzovivo, nor sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo, so its riders will have to improvise on a day-to-day basis. If they win a stage, it’ll be job done for them. The most likely candidates are Colombian climber Sergio Henao, Australian all-arounder Simon Clarke, and German time trialist Max Walscheid. There’ll also be a lot of interest around the first Black South African to ride the Tour, Nic Dlamini.

TEAM TOTAL-ÉNERGIES (FRANCE)

TEAM LEADER: Pierre Latour (F), 27

SUPPORT RIDERS: Edvald Boasson Hagen (N), 34; Jérémy Cabot (F), 29; Victor De La Parte (Sp), 35; Fabien Doubey (F), 27; Cristián Rodríguez (Sp), 26; Julien Simon (F), 35; Anthony Turgis (F), 27

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Wilier
DRIVETRAIN: Shimano
WHEELS: Ursus
CLOTHING: Nalini

GENERAL MANAGER
Jean-René Bernaudeau

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR
Electric and gas utility

TEAM FOUNDED: 2000

Can have an influence

The Vendée-based team didn’t manage a stage win at the 2020 Tour but has since become much stronger. Pierre Latour remains a great hope for French cycling, even though a top-10 finish seems difficult. He and his teammates should therefore aim for stage wins. Alongside their road captain Edvald Boasson Hagen, who can still do well in the sprints, Spanish climber Cristián Rodríguez is hoping to exploit his nascent climbing form. Finally, Anthony Turgis and Julien Simon are both due to win a Tour stage one day.

TREK – SEGAFREDO (UNITED STATES)

TEAM LEADER: Vincenzo Nibali (I), 36

SUPPORT RIDERS: Julien Bernard (F), 29; Kenny Elissonde (F), 29; Bauke Mollema (Nl), 34; Mads Pedersen (Dk), 25; Toms Skujiņš (Lat), 30; Jasper Stuyven (B), 29; Edward Theuns (B), 30

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Trek
DRIVETRAIN: SRAM
WHEELS: Bontrager
CLOTHING: Santini

GENERAL MANAGER
Luca Guercilena

PRINCIPAL SPONSORS
U.S. bike manufacturer; Italian espresso coffee brand

TEAM FOUNDED: 2011

Aiming for stages

It’s been seven years since Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France. While he has retained his class, he’s no longer a favorite. Along with Bauke Mollema, who knows how to follow the key moves to be well placed in the overall standings, this team can also count on former world champion Mads Pedersen to provide an impact on the flat and Jasper Stuyven, who has reached another dimension by winning Milan–San Remo. But there’s no single type of terrain where Trek-Segafredo is likely to stand out. Add to this the fact that Nibali and Mollema will be coming from the Giro, and the team will have to be on the front foot and attempt some big moves.

UAE TEAM EMIRATES (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)

TEAM LEADER: Tadej Pogačar (Slo), 22

SUPPORT RIDERS: Mikkel Bjerg (Dk), 22; Rui Costa (P), 34; Davide Formolo (I), 28; Marc Hirschi (Swi), 22; Vegard Stake Laengen (N), 32; Rafal Majka (Pol), 31; Brandon McNulty (USA), 23

EQUIPMENT

BIKE: Colnago
DRIVETRAIN: Campagnolo
WHEELS: Campagnolo
CLOTHING: GOBIK

GENERAL MANAGER
Matxin Joxean Fernandez

PRINCIPAL SPONSOR
United Arab Emirates

TEAM FOUNDED: 2017

Confirmation for Pogačar?

UAE Team Emirates hit the jackpot in 2020 when Tadej Pogačar won the Tour, took the best climber and the best young rider titles, and earned two stage wins! This time, the Slovenian won’t find the same room for maneuver. The other teams, notably Jumbo-Visma and INEOS Grenadiers, are going to make him work harder, rather than leaving him in relative peace as was largely the case last year until the La Planche des Belles Filles time trial. Pogačar will have to show his spurs in a new role as the peloton’s boss, rather than being the great prospect he was last year. Alongside him, the Swiss Marc Hirschi will have freedom to shoot for stages, while American Brandon McNulty’s Tour debut is awaited with great interest.