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Cyclingweekly.co.uk presents our comprehensive guide to every team – and its riders – taking part in this year’s Tour de France.

A total of 20 teams comprising nine members per squad make up the 180 riders lining up in the 2008 Tour.

Six teams hail from France, three from Spain, two apiece from Italy, Belgium, Germany and United States and one each from Great Britain, Netherlands and Denmark.

Britain will be represented in the 2008 race by three riders: Mark Cavendish (Columbia), Chris Froome (Barloworld) and David Millar (Garmin-Chipotle).



TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: TEAMS

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Ag2r

Agritubel

Barloworld

Bouygues Telecom

Caisse d’Epargne

Cofidis

Columbia

Credit Agricole

CSC-Saxo Bank

Euskaltel-Euskadi

Française des Jeux

Garmin-Chipotle

Gerolsteiner

Lampre

Liquigas

Milram

Quick Step-Innergetic

Rabobank

Saunier Duval-Scott

Silence-Lotto

Ag2r-La Mondiale

Tour de France 2008Country: France

Sponsor: Financial services

Bikes: BH frames with Campagnolo kit

Website: www.ag2r-cyclisme.com

Managers: Vincent Lavenu, Gilles Mas

Key riders: Vladimir Efimkin (Rus), John Gadret (Fra), Cyril Dessel (Fra)

How will they do? Efimkin is an outside bet for a top ten place, whilst Gadret and Dessel could turn on the style to take a stage or two. But that’s about it.

Team:

Confirmed

Jose Luis Arrieta (Spa)

Cyril Dessel (Fra)

Hubert Dupont (Fra)

Vladimir Efimkin (Rus)

Martin Elmiger (Swi)

John Gadret (Fra)

Stéphane Goubert (Fra)

Christophe Riblon (Fra)

Tadej Valjavec (Slo)

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Agritubel

Tour de France 2008Country: France

Sponsor: Metal fabrication

Bikes: Kuota frames with SRAM components

Website: www.agritubel-cycling.com

Managers: David Formes, Denis Leproux

Key riders: Christophe Moreau (Fra), Romain Feillu (Fra), Jimmy Casper (Fra)

How will they do? Moreau is France’s great hope for the Tour, but his yo-yoing form could mean he either performs brilliantly or sinks without trace. Watch out for Feillu and Casper for stage wins.

Team:

Confirmed

Freddy Bichot (Fra)

Jimmy Casper (Fra)

Romain Feillu (Fra)

Eduardo Gonzalo (Spa)

Nicolas Jalabert (Fra)

David Le Lay (Fra)

Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra)

Christophe Moreau (Fra)

Nicolas Vogondy (Fra)

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Barloworld

Tour de France 2008Country: Great Britain

Sponsor: Brand management

Bikes: Bianchi frames with Campagnolo components

Website: www.teambarloworld.com

Managers: Claudio Corti, Alberto Volpi

Key riders: Juan Mauricio Soler (Col), Robert Hunter (RSA)

How will they do? Soler is one of the strongest climbers in the Tour, and is a good bet for the King of the Mountains competition. Hunter is the squad’s sprint ace, though he’s not quite green jersey material.

Team:

Confirmed

John-Lee Augustyn (RSA)

Felix Cardenas (Col)

Giampaolo Cheula (Ita)

Baden Cooke (Aus)

Moises Duenas Nevado (Spa)

Chris Froome (GB)

Robert Hunter (RSA)

Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita)

Juan Mauricio Soler (Col)

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Bouygues Telecom

Tour de France 2008Country: France

Sponsor: Mobile phones

Bikes: Time frames with Campagnolo kit

Website: www.equipebouyguestelecom.fr

Managers: Jean-René Bernaudeau, Dominique Arnould

Key riders: Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra), Thomas Voeckler (Fra)

How will they do? With no hope of overall contention, it’ll be down to the popular (in France at least) Fedrigo and Voeckler to steal some stage wins.

Team:

Confirmed

Stef Clement (Ned)

Pierrick Fédrigo (Fra)

Xavier Florencio (Esp)

Laurent Lefèvre (Fra)

Jérôme Pineau (Fra)

Matthieu Sprick (Fra)

Yuri Trofimov (Rus)

Johann Tschopp (Swi)

Thomas Voeckler (Fra)

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Caisse d’Epargne

Tour de France 2008Country: Spain

Sponsor: French Bank

Bikes: Pinarello frames with Campagnolo kit

Website: www.cyclisme-caisse-epargne.fr

Managers: Jose-Miguel Echavarri, Eusebio Unzue

Key riders: Alejandro Valverde (Spa), Oscar Pereiro (Spa)

How will they do? In Valverde, Caisse d’Epargne have a very real contender for the overall win – and he’s already proved he’s on form by winning the Dauphiné. He’s also got a very strong team in support, including 2006 Tour winner by default Oscar Pereiro. We wouldn’t rule out stage wins for other riders on the team too.

Team:

Confirmed

Oscar Pereiro (Spa)

Alejandro Valverde (Spa)

David Arroyo (Spa)

Jose Luis Garcia Acosta (Spa)

Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa)

Arnaud Coyot (Fra)

Nicholas Portal (Fra)

David Lopez (Spa)

Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Spa)

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Cofidis

Tour de France 2008Country: France

Sponsor: Telephone credit

Bikes: Time frames with Campagnolo kit

Website: www.equipe-cofidis.com

Managers: Eric Boyer

Key riders: David Moncoutié (Fra), Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)

How will they do? Another French team with no contenders for any of the jersey classifications – they’ll be looking for stage wins, and it’ll be Chavanel and Moncoutié who will deliver the goods.

Team:

Confirmed

Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)

Stéphane Augé (Fra)

Florent Brard (Fra)

Hervé Duclos-Lassalle (Fra)

Samuel Dumoulin (Fra)

Leonardo Duque (Col)

David Moncoutie (Fra)

Amael Moinard (Fra)

Maxime Monfort (Bel)

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Columbia

Tour de France 2008Formerly High Road

Country: United States of America

Sponsor: Sports/outdoor clothing

Bikes: Giant frames with Shimano kit

Website: www.highroadsports.com

Managers: Bob Stapleton, Rolf Aldag

Key riders: Mark Cavendish (GB), Kim Kirchen (Lux)

How will they do? All eyes will be on British sprint star Cavendish, who will be out to add some Tour wins to his bulging and precocious palmares. With Michael Rogers not selected to ride due to illness, it’ll be down to Kirchen to challenge for the overall.

Team:

Confirmed

Mark Cavendish (GB)

Kim Kirchen (Lux)

Gerald Ciolek (Ger)

Bernhard Eisel (Aut

Adam Hansen (Aus)

Marcus Burghardt (Ger)

George Hincapie (USA)

Thomas Lovkvist (Swe)

Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr)

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Crédit Agricole

Tour de France 2008Country: France

Sponsor: Bank

Bikes: Look frames with Shimano kit

Website: www.au-veloclubdeparis.fr

Managers: Roger Legeay, Serge Beucherie

Key riders: Thor Hushovd (Den), Simon Gerrans (Aus)

How will they do? It’s all about the mighty Thor. Hushovd will be out to grab the green jersey, the rest of the team will have to scrabble for stage wins from lucky breaks. Gerrans is the most likely to succeed when the going gets hilly.

Team:

Confirmed

Thor Hushovd (Nor)

William Bonnet (Fra)

Alexandre Botcharov (Rus)

Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra)

Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz)

Simon Gerrans (Aus)

Christophe Le Mevel (Fra)

Rémi Pauriol (Fra)

Mark Renshaw (Aus)

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CSC-Saxo Bank

Tour de France 2008Country: Denmark

Sponsor: IT services (USA)

Bikes: Cervelo frames with Shimano kit

Website: www.team-csc.com

Managers: Bjarne Riis, Scott Sunderland

Key riders: Carlos Sastre (Spa), Frank Schleck (Lux), Fabian Cancellara (Swi)

How will they do? Perhaps not quite the Tour force they once were, CSC still have fragile climbing ace Sastre to set things alight in the mountains and we’re still waiting for one of the Schleck brothers to come up with the goods – they are certainly capable. Cancellara will no doubt win all the time trials and wear the yellow jersey for a bit.

Team:

Confirmed

Carlos Sastre (Spa)

Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Den)

Fabian Cancellara (Swi)

Volodymir Gustov (Ukr)

Stuart O?Grady (Aus)

Andy Schleck (Lux)

Frank Schleck (Lux)

Nicki Sorensen (Den)

Jens Voigt (Ger)

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Euskaltel-Euskadi

Tour de France 2008Country: Spain

Sponsor: Telecoms and Basque region

Bikes: Orbea frames with Shimano kit

Website: www.fundacioneuskadi.com

Managers: Miguel Madariaga, Gorka Gerrikagoitia

Key riders: Haimar Zubeldia (Spa), Samuel Sanchez (Spa)

How will they do? The Basque squad are all about climbing, so expect to see the orange clad forms of Zubeldia, Sanchez and Astarloza pop up in their Pyrenean homeland.

Team:

Confirmed

Mikel Astarloza (Spa)

Inaki Isasi (Spa)

Egoi Martinez (Spa)

Juanjo Oroz (Spa)

Ruben Perez (Spa)

Samuel Sanchez (Spa)

Amets Txurruka (Spa)

Gorka Verdugo (Spa)

Haimar Zubeldia (Spa)

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Française des Jeux

Tour de France 2008Country: France

Sponsor: National lottery

Bikes: Lapierre frames with Shimano kit

Website: www.fdjeux.com

Managers: Marc Madiot, Martial Gayant

Key riders: Sandy Casar (Fra), Phillipe Gilbert (Bel)

How will they do? The ever-likable Casar and Gilbert can be relied upon to liven up some of the duller stages, with decent attacks and an above-average chance of stage win success.

Team:

Confirmed

Sandy Casar (Fra)

Sébastien Chavanel (Fra)

Remy Di Gregorio (Fra)

Arnaud Gerard (Fra)

Philippe Gilbert (Bel)

Lilian Jégou (Fra)

Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra)

Jeremy Roy (Fra)

Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra).

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Garmin-Chipotle

Tour de France 2008Formerly Slipstream-Chipotle

Country: United States of America

Sponsor: GPS systems and fast food restaurant

Bikes: Felt frames with Shimano kit

Website: www.slipstreamsports.com

Managers: Jonathan Vaughters, Lionel Marie

Key riders: David Millar (GB), Christian Vande Velde (USA)

How will they do? Despite this being the team’s first year at the Tour, there’s no shortage of seasoned talent. Britain’s Millar will be hunting for stage wins although he isn’t the time triallist he once was. Several other riders could prove to be a revelation, as they have been all season.

Team:

Confirmed

Magnus Backstedt (Swe)

Julian Dean (NZ)

Will Frischkorn (USA)

Ryder Hesjedal (Can)

Trent Lowe (Aus)

Martijn Maaskant (Ned)

David Millar (GB)

Danny Pate (USA)

Christian Vande Velde (USA)

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Gerolsteiner

Tour de France 2008Country: Germany

Sponsor: Bottled water

Bikes: Specialized frames with Shimano kit

Website: www.gerosteiner.de

Managers: Hans Michael Holczer, Christian Henn

Key riders: Stefan Schumacher (Ger), Bernhard Kohl (Aut), Fabian Wegmann (Ger)

How will they do? Another squad looking for stage wins rather than overall glory. Schumacher, Kohl and Wegmann have the experience and class to read the individual stages as they develop and pull a result out of the bag.

Team:

Confirmed

Robert Forster (Ger)

Markus Fothen (Ger)

Heinrich Haussler (Ger)

Bernhard Kohl (Aut)

Sven Krauss (Ger)

Sebastian Lang (Ger)

Ronny Scholz (Ger)

Stefan Schumacher (Ger)

Fabian Wegmann (Ger)

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Lampre

Tour de France 2008Country: Italy

Sponsor: Manufacturer of treated steel

Bikes: Wilier frames with Campagnolo kit

Website: www.teamlampre.com

Managers: Giuseppe Saronni, Giuseppe Martinelli

Key riders: Damiano Cunego (Ita), Alessandro Ballan (Ita), Danilo Napolitano (Ita)

How will they do? Cunego is a podium possible, although probably not on the top step – yet. Napolitano will be Lampre’s man in the sprints.

Team:

Confirmed

Damiano Cunego (Ita)

Alessandro Ballan (Ita)

Marco Marzano (Ita)

Paolo Tiralongo (Ita)

Marzio Brueseghin (Ita)

Daniele Righi (Ita)

Matteo Bono (Ita)

Sylvester Szmyd (Pol)

Massimiliano Mori (Ita)

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Liquigas

Tour de France 2008Country: Italy

Sponsor: Liquid gas

Bikes: Cannondale frames with Campagnolo kit

Website: www.teamliquigas.com

Managers: Roberto Amadio, Mario Chiesa

Key riders: Filippo Pozzato (Ita), Francesco Chicchi (Ita)

How will they do? With Liquigas’ top sprinter Daniele Bennati sidelined with injury, it’ll be down to Pozzato and Chicchi to contest the sprints and grab some stage wins for the Italian team. Tour veteran Manuel Beltran is also still capable of holding his own in the mountains. British born Liquigas domestique Charly Wegelius is missing this year’s Tour.

Team:

Confirmed

Filippo Pozzato (Ita)

Manuel Quinziato (Ita)

Manuel Beltran (Spa)

Frederik Willems (Bel)

Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr)

Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)

Roman Kreuziger (Cze)

Francesco Chicchi (Ita)

Murilo Fischer (Ita)

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Milram

Tour de France 2008Country: Germany

Sponsor: Milk processor

Bikes: Colnago frames with Shimano kit

Website: www.team-milram.com

Managers: Vittorio Algeri, Jochen Hahn

Key riders: Erik Zabel (Ger)

How will they do? With Petacchi out due to a doping infringement, Milram look like a team with no real focus. It’ll be down to veteran sprinter Zabel to try and eek out some more stage wins but in reality we’ll probably see a load of second places for a man in the twilight of his cycling career.

Team:

Confirmed

Erik Zabel (Ger)

Ralf Grabsch (Ger)

Christian Knees (Ger)

Brett Lancaster (Aus)

Martin Müller (Ger)

Bjorn Schroder (Ger)

Niki Terpstra (Hol)

Peter Velits (Svk)

Marco Velo (Ita)

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Quick Step-Innergetic

Tour de France 2008Country: Belgium

Sponsor: Laminate flooring

Bikes: Specialized frames with Campagnolo kit

Website: www.quickstepcycling.com

Managers: Patrick Lefevere, Wilfried Peeters

Key riders: Gert Steegmans (Bel), Stijn Devolder (Bel)

How will they do? With 2007 green jersey winner Tom Boonen banned from the Tour thanks to a cocaine positive, it’ll be down to Steegmans to defend the team’s points aspirations. We’d also bet on Devolder being a force to be reckoned with, having had a good rest after a stunning classics campaign.

Team:

Confirmed

Carlos Barredo (Spa)

Matteo Carrara (Ita)

Stijn Devolder (Bel)

Gert Steegmans (Bel)

Sebastien Rosseler (Bel)

Steven De Jongh (Hol)

Mauro Facci (Ita)

Matteo Tosatto (Ita)

Jurgen Van de Walle (Bel)

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Rabobank

Tour de France 2008Country: Netherlands

Sponsor: Bank

Bikes: Colnago frames with Shimano kit

Website: www.rabobank.nl

Managers: Erik Breukink, Erik Dekker

Key riders: Denis Menchov (Rus), Oscar Freire (Spa), Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa)

How will they do? After the 2007 Michael Rasmussen debacle – when the Dane was sensationally ousted from the Tour (whilst in the lead) for lying about reasons behind missed dope tests – Rabobank will be hoping that Menchov, Freire and Flecha will be filling the newspapers thanks to success rather than scandal.

Team:

Confirmed

Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa)

Oscar Freire (Spa)

Sebastian Langeveld (Ned)

Denis Menchov (Rus)

Koos Moerenhout (Ned)

Joost Posthuma (Ned)

Bram Tankink (Ned)

Laurens Ten Dam (Ned)

Pieter Weening (Ned)

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Saunier Duval-Scott

Tour de France 2008Country: Spain

Sponsor: Boilers and air con

Bikes: Scott frames with SRAM kit

Website: www.saunierduval-scott.com

Managers: Mauro Gianetti, Joxean Fernandez

Key riders: Riccardo Ricco (Ita), Juan Jose Cobo (Spa)

How will they do? After failing to win the Giro, motor-mouth Ricco will be out to prove his Grand Tour credentials, and we would bet on a top five place. Several other riders are capable of greatness in the mountains – if rather unpredictably.

Team:

Confirmed

Riccardo Ricco (Ita)

Leonardo Piepoli (Spa)

Juan Jose Cobo (Spa)

David De La Fuente (Spa)

Josep Jufre (Spa)

Aurelien Passeron (Fra)

Jesus Del Nero (Spa)

Angel Litu Gomez (Spa)

Rubens Bertogliati (Swi)

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Silence-Lotto

Tour de France 2008Country: Belgium

Sponsor: Pharmaceuticals (anti-snoring spray) and national lottery

Bikes: Ridley frames with Campagnolo kit

Website: www.silence-lotto.com

Managers: Marc Sergeant, Hendrik Redant

Key riders: Cadel Evans (Aus), Robbie McEwen (Aus), Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)

How will they do? It’s all about the Aussies in this Belgian outfit. With Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne), Evans is one of two top contenders for the overall victory. He’s one of the best testers, and able to hold his own in the mountains. The ever entertaining McEwen still has the legs for sprint stage wins, and always find that bit extra for the Tour.

Team:

Confirmed

Mario Aerts (Bel)

Christophe Brandt (Bel)

Dario David Cioni (Ita)

Cadel Evans (Aus)

Leif Hoste (Bel)

Robbie McEwen (Aus)

Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)

Johan Van Summeren (Bel)

Wim Vansevenant (Bel)

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