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Chris Froome and Alberto Contador are the favourites for victory at the 100th Tour de France

Chris Froome and Alberto Contador are the favourites for victory at the 100th Tour de France

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Chris Froome is bidding to hand Britain back-to-back yellow jerseys as he battles against the best stage-race riders in the world at the 100th edition of the Tour de France (June 29-July 21).

Cycling's summer showpiece is set to deliver one of its most compelling ever races, with an all-star cast-list being matched by an epic route that visits a selection of the event's most fabled landmarks.

Team Sky leader Froome has established himself as clear favourite for victory after winning key build-up races including the Tour de Romandie and Criterium du Dauphine, but will face stiff competition from the likes of two-time winner Albert Contador, 2011 champion Cadel Evans, Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde.

The Tour's Grand Depart takes place on the Mediterranean island of Corsica with a flat road stage on day one, presenting sprinters such as Britain's Mark Cavendish a rare opportunity to claim the coveted maillot jaune.

Later in the race, a punishing summit finish on the iconic Mont Ventoux leads into a brutally tough final week that also includes two ascents of Alpe d'Huez in one day.

And the spectacle continues all the way to Paris, when riders will enter the city as the sun sets for a sprint finale on the Champs-Elysees, with Cavendish eyeing a fifth consecutive victory on that stage.

Stages

Stage 1: Saturday, June 29 - Porto-Vecchio to Bastia - 213km | Report | Gallery

Result and general classification

Marcel Kittel won stage one

1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos-Shimano, 4:53:46
2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha, same time
3 Danny van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM, st
4 David Millar (Gbr) Garmin-Sharp, st
5 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, st
6 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
7 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol, st
8 Greg Henderson (Nzl) Lotto-Belisol, st
9 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Esp) Movistar, st
10 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM

Stage 2: Sunday, June 30 - Bastia to Ajaccio - 156km | Report | Gallery

Result

Jan Bakelants claimed the yellow jersey on stage two

1 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Leopard, 3:43:11
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale, +1sec
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - QuickStep, same time
4 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre, st
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky, st
6 Julian Simon (Fra) Sojasun, st
7 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana, st
8 Daryl Impy (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE, st
9 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Leopard, st
10 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM
Selected others
35 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, st
38 Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff, st
182 Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +17:35

General classification

1 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Leopard, 8:40:03
2 David Millar (GB) Garmin-Sharp, +1sec
3 Julian Simon (Fra) Sojasun, st
4 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE, st
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky, st
6 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE, st
7 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, st
8 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM, st
9 Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
10 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC, st
Selected others
18 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, st
29 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha, st
81 Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff, st

Stage 3: Monday, July 1 - Ajaccio to Calvi - 145.5km | Report | Gallery

Result

Simon Gerrans pipped Peter Sagan to stage three victory

1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE 3:41:24
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale, same time
3 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar, st
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, st
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC, st
6 Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM, st
7 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Astana, st
8 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2rLa Mondiale, st
9 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun, st
10 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi, st
Selected others
28 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, st
29 David Millar (GB) Garmin-Sharp, st
51 Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff, st
166 Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +9:15
177 Geraint Thomas (GB) Team Sky, st

General classification

1 Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-Leopard, 12:21:27
2 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun, +1sec
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE, st
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, st
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky, st
6 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE, st
7 David Millar (GB) Garmin-Sharp, st
8 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM, st
9 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC, st
10 Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
Selected others
15 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, st
60 Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff, st

Stage 4: Tuesday, July 2 - Nice to Nice - 25km team time trial | Report | Gallery

Result

Orica-GreenEDGE won stage four's team time trial

1 Orica-GreenEDGE, 25:56
2 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +1sec
3 Team Sky, +3
4 Saxo - Tinkoff, +9
5 Lotto-Belisol, +17
6 Garmin-Sharp, same time
7 Movistar, +20
8 Lampre-Merida, +25
9 BMC, +26
10 Katusha, +28

General classification

1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE, 12:47:24
2 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE, same time
3 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-GreenEDGE, st
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +1sec
5 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, st
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky, +3
7 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, st
8 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, st
9 Nicolas Roche (Ire) Saxo-Tinkoff, +9
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff, st
Selected others
12 Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff, +9
34 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha, +28

Stage 5: Wednesday, July 3 -Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille - 228.5km | Report | Gallery

Result

Mark Cavendish sprinted to victory on stage five

1 Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, 5:31:51
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky, same time
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale, st
4 Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol, st
5 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida, st
6 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha, st
7 Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi, st
8 Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit) Garmin-Sharp, st
9 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun, st
10 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar, st
Selected other
28 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, st

General classification

1 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE, 18:19:15
2 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE, same time
3 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-GreenEDGE, st
4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +1sec
5 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +1
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky, +3
7 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky, +3
8 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, +3
9 Nicolas Roche (Ire) Saxo-Tinkoff, +9
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff, +9

Stage 6: Thursday, July 4 - Aix-en-Provence to Montpellier - 176.5km | Report | Gallery

Result

Andre Greipel claimed his first win on stage six

1 Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol, 3:59:02
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale, same time
3 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos-Shimano, st
4 Mark Cavendish (GB) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, st
5 Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi, st
6 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha, st
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar, st
8 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM, st
9 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida, st
10 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
Selected others
18 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, +5sec
29 Alberto Contador (Spa) Saxo-Tinkoff, st

General classification

1 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEDGE, 22:18:17
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky, +3sec
3 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE, +5
4 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-GreenEDGE, same time
5 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +6
6 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, st
7 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, +8
8 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, st
9 Nicolas Roche (Ire) Saxo-Tinkoff, +14
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Saxo-Tinkoff, st

Stage 7: Friday, July 5 - Montpellier to Albi - 205.5km


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As the race heads towards the Pyrenees, the leg-testing intermediate climbs continue. A downhill run to the finish will appeal to the sprinters, but they will have to battle over four categorised climbs to get there. That will be easier said than done, with the early one-two punch of the Col des 13 Vents (80km, third category) and the Col de la Croix de Mounis (94.5km, second category). The terrain flattens out briefly in Tarin before a second set of climbs. The final ramp, the Cote de Teillet, is crested 34.5km from home, giving any fast men still in touch the chance to regroup for the finish in Albi.

Stage 8: Saturday, July 6 - Castres to Ax 3 Domaines - 195km


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Week two brings the first big mountain test of the race and a stage that will tell us a lot about what to expect for the remainder of the event. The stage is all about the final pair of climbs, firstly the hors-categorie hairpin-bend drag up the Col de Pailheres (166km), the first time the 100th edition heads over 2,000m. With long sections between nine and 10 per cent, the climb will significantly thin out the peloton before the riders then plummet down the descent ahead of the Ax 3 Domaines summit finish. Averaging 8.2 per cent for 7.8km, the overall contenders will reveal themselves in a big stage in the general classification shake-up.

Stage 9: Sunday, July 7 - Saint-Girons to Bagneres-de-Bigorre - 168.5km


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A monster of a stage with a relentless barrage of climbing, the ninth stage will be every bit as tough as the day before, with nowhere to hide in the Pyrenees. The lack of a summit finish doesn't detract from the spectacle on a relatively short stage that will be full gas from the off. Immediately, the riders must scale the Col de Portet-d'Aspet (28.5km), the second-category climb acting as a warm-up for tougher tests to come. Next up is the first-category Col de Mente, the peloton thinning out before a drop down into Bagneres-de-Luchon and the famous Col de Peyresourde (90km). Still barely over half-way through, two more first-category mountains remain, the Col de Val Louron Azet/La Hourquette d'Ancizan double-act providing a stiff test. A downhill run to the finish will provide plenty of intrigue, with attacks on the descents often as effective as the climbs.

Stage 10: Tuesday, July 9 - Saint-Gildas-Des-Bois to Saint Malo - 197km


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The climbers and general classification contenders will make way for the sprinters again as the race leaves the Pyrenees after the first rest day and heads to the north-west corner of France. Stage 10 is not pan-flat, with gently rolling road and a fourth-category climb of the Cote de Dinan coming after 142km, but there is nothing significant enough to avoid a bunch finish and derail the hopes of the likes of Mark Cavendish and Andre Greipel. The sprint trains will also be aided by a largely straight road to the finish line in Saint-Malo, with a gently flowing route in the final few kilometres providing the perfect platform for a fast-pace finale.

Stage 11: Wednesday, July 10 - Avranches to Mont-Saint-Michel - 33km individual time trial


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The first individual time trial of the race has a rolling opening half, before levelling out for a flat run to the finish line by the coast. It is not an overly technical course, with only a handful of tight corners for the riders to navigate, the most testing being a sharp right-hander around 2km from the end. However, the latter half of the course runs parallel to the coastline and then turns towards it, so the wind could have a big say on proceedings and legs weak from the battles of the Pyrenees could be exposed by potential head-on gusts.

Stage 12: Thursday, July 11 - Fougeres to Tours - 218km


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Another flat day sees the sprinters return to the fore as the race moves back towards the centre of France on a lengthy day in the saddle. There are no categorised climbs, but the road isn't pan flat either, with the gently undulating parcours being punctuated by numerous short and sharp rises. There are a series of technical corners inside the final 2km as the riders cross the Loire river and then turn back on themselves for a short drag to the finish line. These could make for a hectic finale in which good positioning and avoiding potential crashes will be pivotal.

Stage 13: Friday, July 12 - Tours to Saint-Armand-Montrond - 173km


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The race continues to move south-east with another largely flat day that could be decided by a short, sharp climb 10km from the finish. Although uncategorised, the rise up from Bruere-Allichamps is enough of a challenge to potentially slow down the sprint trains and provide a platform for lone attackers to break clear. It summits with just over 5km remaining, so anyone who has escaped will have to time trial their way frantically to the line. The run-in is straight, so should the sprint trains prevail over the climb, it will be a full-throttle dash for the line.

Stage 14: Saturday, July 13 - Saint-Pourcain-sur-Sioule to Lyon - 191km


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Categorised climbs return to the race on stage 14 - and in numbers. There are no fewer than seven - two category threes and five category fours - for the riders to negotiate on a day that will prove a challenging hors d'oeuvres to the critical mountain stages to follow. The road starts undulating right from the flag, providing a breakaway with an ideal platform to make an early escape. They will then look to build up their advantage ahead of the stage's crucial sector: tough climbs of the Cote de Thizy-les-Bourgs (113km) and Col du Pilon (126.5km) followed by a speedy 25km descent. Should the breakaway still have a healthy gap and numbers in their ranks, they will have every chance of holding on for a stage win in Lyon. Should they fail, a flat run to the finish should suit Peter Sagan perfectly.

Stage 15: Sunday, July 14 - Givors to Mont Ventoux - 242.5km


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An epic day and the longest of the race. Starting just below Lyon, the road undulates south for 208km into Provence, taking in three category-four climbs and one category-three climb before reaching Malaucene. From there, it winds east to the quaint little town of Bedoin at the foot of the iconic and punishingly tough climb to Mont Ventoux, where the finish line awaits. The hors categorie ascent is just shy of 21km long and averages 7.5 per cent in gradient, with a maximum of 12 per cent. That is not the whole story, though, because after passing Chalet Reynard, 6km from the summit, the climb emerges out of the treeline and into an environment almost unique in cycling. A sea of broken white rock either side of the road forms what is widely referred to as a Moon-like environment in which there is no escape from the sun, turning the road into an oven on a clear day. The race may not be won here, but it could well be lost and the winner will enter himself into Tour de France legend.

Stage 16: Tuesday, July 16 - Vaison-la-Romaine to Gap - 168km


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The riders will enjoy a rest day after the rigours of Ventoux, but there is no easy return to racing on stage 16 as the race heads east into the Alps. The road takes the riders on a stunning route through cliff-lined valleys and over testing passes. There are three categorised climbs, starting with the category-three Cote de la Montagne de Bluye after 17.5km, which then rolls into the category-two Col de la Macuegne, which summits after 48km following a 7.6km ascent averaging 5.2 per cent. The racers then ride the best part of 100km to Gap, before heading north-east for an ascent of the Col de Manse and then a frantic descent back down to Gap to the finish. The stage holds potential for another breakaway rider to take victory, but there could also be gaps created among the GC contenders on the run down into Gap, particularly if it is raining.

Stage 17: Wednesday, July 17 - Embrun to Chorges - 32km individual time trial


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The race's final time is a tough one. Not only is it mid-length and contain two category-two climbs, but the latter two-thirds of the course are twisty and technical. The Cote de Puy-Sanieres 6.4km long and averages six per cent in gradient, while the Cote de Reallon is 6.9km long and average 6.3 per cent. Of just as much concern as the climbing will be the descending, though, particularly if tight turns are made treacherous by wet weather. The stage offers plenty of potential for GC riders to take vital time on rivals heading into the final four stages.

Stage 18: Thursday, July 18 - Gap to Alpe d'Huez - 172.5km


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Another epic stage that will go down in history for climbing the legendary Alpe d'Huez twice in a day. Once up the Alpe has provided enough drama over the years to fill books, so twice has the makings of a classic. Before the riders even get to Le Bourg-d'Oisans at its base, they must negotiate a bruising opening 108km containing two category-two climbs and one category-three climb. Then it's on the hairpins on the climb for the first time, with 13.2km at an average gradient of 8.1 per cent (maximum 10.6 per cent) awaiting. After summiting for the first time, the road carries on up the category-two Col de Sarenne and then embarks on a hair-raising descent back down into the valley, before heading back up Alpe d'Huez for the second and decisive time. There is unlikely to be more than a handful of riders at the front of the race by now and then man who reaches the top first could well occupy top spot on the podium in Paris.

Stage 19: Friday, July 19 - Le Bourg-d'Oisans to Le Grand-Bornand - 204.5km


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This most brutal of final weeks continues with another leg-breaker of a day containing two hors-cateogorie climbs, two category-one climbs and one category-two climb. Heading north from Le Bourg-d'Oisan towards Lake Annecy, the road rears up straight away to tackle back-to-back HC climbs of the Col du Glandon (2.16km, average 5.1 per cent gradient) and the Col de la Madeleine (19.2km, average 7.9 per cent). Long and testing descents follow each climb, before the route sends the riders up three more tough ascents ahead of a dash downhill to the finish line. Long-range breakaway experts such as Thomas Voeckler may fancy the chances on this one.

Stage 20: Saturday, July 20 - Annecy to Mont Semnoz - 125km


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One last day in the Alps and although the distance is shortened to 125km, the climbs still come thick and fast. Starting and finishing on the western banks of the beautiful Lake Annecy, the riders will tackle four lesser climbs before embarking up the potentiall stage-deciding duo of the category-one Mont Revard (15.9km, average gradient 5.6 per cent) and the summit finish on the hors-categorie Annecy-Semnoz (10.7km, average 8.5km). Even the strongest legs will be desperately tired by now, but with so much scope for attacking and the knowledge that whoever leads the race at the finish line will win overall, another electric day is in the offing.

Stage 21: Sunday, July 21 - Versailles to Paris - 133.5km


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With the general classification decided, the final stage into Paris will be its usual processional celebration turned frantic sprint for glory on the Champs-Elysees. This year, however, there is a key differences, introduced to mark the 100th staging of the race, with the riders will enter Paris at as the sun sets over the city. The stage will end with 10 laps of a circuit taking in the Arc de Triomphe and finishing on the Champs-Elysees. Mark Cavendish will have his eye on a fifth consecutive victory on this showpiece stage.

Classifications and points

Five classifications will be contested at the Tour de France:

- General classification: yellow jersey
- Points classification: green jersey
- Mountains classification: polka dot jersey
- Best young rider: white jersey
- Team classification: Yellow helmets

The yellow jersey is held by the leader of the general classification, while the white jersey is held by the highest rider on the general classification aged 25 or under. The team classification is determined by adding together the times of the three best riders from each team (team time trial excluded).

Post-Armstrong Tour winners

  • 2012: Sir Bradley Wiggins (GB)
  • 2011: Cadel Evans (Aus)
  • 2010: Andy Schleck (Lux)
  • 2009: Alberto Contador (Spa)
  • 2008: Carlos Sastre (Spa)
  • 2007: Alberto Contador (Spa)
  • 2006: Oscar Pereiro (Spa)

Points classification

Points will be awarded in the following way:

- Intermediate sprints: 20, 17,15, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point awarded to the first 15 riders.
- Finishes on flat stages: 45, 35, 30, 26, 22, 20, 18, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2 points awarded to the first 15 riders.
- Finishes on medium-mountain stages: 30, 25, 22, 19, 17, 15, 13, 11, 9, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2 points awarded to the first 15 riders.
- Finishes on high-mountain stages: 20, 17, 15, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point awarded to the first 15 riders.
- Individual time trials: 20, 17, 15, 13, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 point awarded to the fastest 15 riders.

Mountains classification

Points will be awarded in the following way:

- Hors-categorie climbs: 25, 20, 16, 14, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4 and 2 points awarded to the first ten riders over the summit.
- Category-one climbs: 10, 8, 6, 4, 2 and 1 point awarded to the first six riders over the summit.
- Category-two climbs: 5, 3, 2 and 1 point awarded to the first four riders over the summit.
- Category-three climbs: 2 and 1 point awarded to the first two riders over the summit.
- Category-four climbs: 1 point awarded to the first rider over the summit.
- Points are doubled on the four summit finishes (stages eight, 15, 18 and 20).

Teams and riders

Ag2r-La Mondiale: Romain Bardet (Fra), Maxime Bouet (Fra), Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra), Blel Kadri (Fra), Samuel Dumoulin (Fra), John Gadret (Fra), Hubert Dupont (Fra), Sebastien Minard (Fra), Christophe Riblon (Fra).

Argos-Shimano: Roy Curvers (Ned), John Degenkolb (Ger), Tom Dumoulin (Ned), Johnnes Frohlinger (Ger), Simon Geschke (Ger), Marcel Kittel (Ger), Koen de Kort (Ned), Albert Timmer (Ned), Tom Veelers (Ned).

Astana: Jakob Fuglsang (Den), Assan Bazayev (Kaz), Janez Brajkovic (Slo), Enrico Gasparotto (Ita), Francesco Gavazzi (Ita), Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe), Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz), Dmitri Muravyev (Kaz).

Belkin: Lars Boom (Ned), Laurens ten Dam (Ned), Robert Gesink (Ned), Tom Leezer (Ned), Bauke Mollema (Ned), Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor), Bram Tankink (Ned), Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) and Maarten Wynants (Bel).

Mark Cavendish is looking to add to his 23 Tour stage wins

BMC: Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (Ger), Cadel Evans (Aus), Philippe Gilbert (Bel), Amael Moinard (Fra), Steve Morabito (Sui), Manuel Quinziato (Ita), Michael Schär (Sui), Tejay van Garderen (USA).

Cannondale: Peter Sagan (Svk), Moreno Moser (Ia), Maciej Bodnar (Pol), Kristjan Koren (Slo), Alessandro de Marchi (Ita), Alan Marangoni (Ita), Fabio Sabatini (Ita), Ted King (USA), Brian Vandborg (Den).

Cofidis: Christophe Le Mevel (Fra), Jerome Coppel (Fra), Rein Taaramae (Est), Daniel Navarro (Spa), Egoitz Martinez (Spa), Yoann Bagot (Fra), Luis Angel Mate (Spa),Rudy Molard (Fra), Guillaume Levarlet (Fra).

Europcar: Thomas Voeckler (Fra), Pierre Rolland (Fra), Cyril Gautier (Fra), David Veilleux (Can), Yukiya Arashiro (Jap), Davide Malacarne (Ita), Jerome Cousin (Fra), Kevin Reza (Fra), Yohann Gene (Fra).

Euskaltel-Euskadi: Mikel Nieve (Spa), Igor Anton (Spa), Ion Izagirre (Spa), Gorka Izagirre (Spa), Ruben Perez (Spa), Juan Jose Lobato (Spa), Romain Sicard (Fra), Juan Jose Oroz (Spa), Mikel Astarloza (Spa).

FDJ: Nacer Bouhanni (Fra), Murilo Fischer (Bra), Jeremy Roy (Fra), Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra), Thibaut Pinot (Fra), Alexandre Geniez (Fra), Arthur Vichot (Fra), William Bonnet (Fra), Arnold Jeannesson (Fra).

Garmin-Sharp: Andrew Talansky (USA), Christian Vande Velde (USA), Dan Martin (Ire), David Millar (GB), Jack Bauer (NZ), Ramunas Navardauskas (Lit), Rohan Dennis (Aus), Ryder Hesjedal (Can), Tom Danielson (USA).

Thomas Voeckler always adds excitement to the Tour

Katusha: Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa), Pavel Brutt (Rus), Alexander Kristoff (Nor), Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr), Alberto Losada (Spa), Daniel Moreno (Spa), Gatis Smukulis (Lat), Yuri Trofimov (Rus), Eduard Vorganov (Rus).

Lampre-Merida: Matteo Bono (Ita), Davide Cimolai (Ita), Damiano Cunego (Ita), Elia Favalli (Ita), Roberto Ferrari (Ita), Adriano Malori (Ita), Manuele Mori (Ita), Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol), Jose Serpa (Col).

Lotto-Belisol: Jurgen van den Broeck (Bel), Andre Greipel (Ger), Adam Hansen (Aus), Jurgen Roelandts (Bel), Marcel Sieberg (Ger), Bart de Clercq (Bel), Lars Bak (Den), Greg Henderson (NZ), Frederik Willems (Bel).

Movistar: Andrey Amador (Cos), Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa), Rui Costa (Por), Imanol Erviti (Spa), Jose Gutierrez (Spa), Ruben Plaza (Spa), Nairo Quintana (Col), Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa), Alejandro Valverde (Spa).

Omega Pharma - Quick-Step: Mark Cavendish (GB), Sylvain Chavanel (Fra), Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol), Tony Martin (Ger), Jerome Pineau (Fra), Gert Steegmans (Bel), Niki Terpstra (Ned), Matteo Trentin (Ita), Peter Velits (Svk).

Orica-GreenEDGE: Stuart O'Grady (Aus), Matt Goss (Aus), Daryl Impey (RSA), Brett Lancaster (Aus), Svein Tuft (Can), Simon Gerrans (Aus), Michael Albasini (Sui), Simon Clarke (Aus), Cameron Meyer (Aus).

RadioShack-Leopard: Jan Bakelants (Bel), Laurent Didier (Lux), Tony Gallopin (Fra), Markel Irizar (Spa), Andreas Kloden (Ger), Maxime Monfort (Bel), Andy Schleck (Lux), Jens Voigt (Ger), Haimar Zubeldia (Spa).

Peter Sagan was one of the stars of last year's race

Saxo-Tinkoff: Michael Rogers (Aus), Nicolas Roche (Ire), Matteo Tosatto (Ita), Daniele Bennati (Ita), Sergio Paulinho (Por), Alberto Contador (Spa), Jesus Hernandez (Spa), Benjamin Noval (Spa), Roman Kreuziger (Cze).

Sojasun: Anthony Delaplace (Fra), Julien el Fares (Fra), Brice Feillu (Fra), Jonathan Hivert (Fra), Cyril Lemoine (Fra), Jean Marc Marino (Fra), Maxime Mederel (Fra), Julien Simon (Fra), Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra).

Team Sky: Chris Froome (GB), Richie Porte (Aus), Geraint Thomas (GB), Ian Stannard (GB), Pete Kennaugh (GB), David Lopez (Spa), Vasil Kiryienka (Blr), Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr), Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor).

Vacansoleil-DCM: Kris Boeckmans (Ger), Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa), Thomas de Gendt (Bel), Johnny Hoogerland (Ned), Sergey Lagutin (Uzb), Wout Poels (Ned), Boy van Poppel (Ned), Danny van Poppel (Ned), Lieuwe Westra (Ned).

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