Here is the start list for every rider in the 2008 Tour de France.

Every rider’s previous best Tour performance and past stage wins are listed, as are the jersey winners and the lucky few who have pulled on the maillot jaune.

As the race progresses this page will be updated with each rider’s notable performances during the race, so you can keep tabs on what your favourite rider is up to.

Silence-Lotto

Tour de France 20081. Cadel Evans Australia

Age: 31

Best Tour: 2nd in 2007

Stage wins: 1 ? Awarded Albi time trial in 2007 after Vinokourov?s disqualification for doping

Stage 4 Fourth in the Cholet time trial

Stage 6 Third at Super Besse, in the same time as Valverde

Stage 9 Crashed after 106km, suffering cuts and bruises to his left side

Stage 10 Clinched the yellow jersey at Hautacam by the narrowest of margins – one second over Frank Schleck

2. Mario Aerts Belgium

Age: 33

Best Tour: 21st in 1999

3. Christophe Brandt Belgium

Age: 32

Best Tour: 35th in 2005

4. David Dario Cioni Italy

Age: 33

Best Tour: 54th in 2005

5. Leif Hoste Belgium

Age: 31

Best Tour: 110th in 2007

6. Robbie McEwen Australia

Age: 36

Best Tour: 89th in 1998

Stage wins: 12 ? Paris 1999, Reims 2002, Paris 2002, Namur 2004, Guéret 2004, Montargis 2005, Karlsruhe 2005, Montpellier 2005, Esch-sur-Alzette 2006, Saint Quentin 2006, Vitré 2006, Canterbury 2007

? Wore the yellow jersey in 2004

? Won the green jersey in 2002, 2004 and 2006

7. Yaroslav Popovych Ukraine

Age: 28

Best Tour: 8th in 2007

Stage wins: 1 ? Carcassonne 2006

? Won the white jersey in 2005

8. Johan Van Summeren Belgium

Age: 27

Best Tour: 63rd in 2007

9. Wim Vansevenant Belgium

Age: 26

Best Tour: 138th in 2006

CSC-Saxo Bank

Tour de France 200811. Carlos Sastre Spain

Age: 33

Best Tour: 3rd in 2006 (upgraded after Floyd Landis? disqualification); 4th in 2007

Stage wins: 1 ? Ax-3-Domaines in 2003

12. Kurt Asle Arvesen Denmark

Age: 33

Best Tour: 67th in 2007

Stage 11 Sparked the big 12-man attack of the day with Fabian Wegmann. Attacked from the group with 4km to go and finally held off Martin Elmiger to win the sprint, which was fitting considering he sparked the attack after 35km

13. Fabian Cancellara Switzerland

Age: 27

Best Tour: 100th in 2007

Stage wins: 3 ? Liège prologue 2004, London prologue 2007, Compiègne 2007

? Wore the yellow jersey in 2004 and 2007

Stage 2 Tried his trademark last-ditch attack but was caught

Stage 10 Went in the break of the day so he could be of help to the team as they set the pace between the Tourmalet and Hautacam

14. Volodymir Gustov Ukraine

Age: 31

Best Tour: 40th in 2002

15. Stuart O?Grady Australia

Age: 34

Best Tour: 54th in 1998 and 2001

Stage wins: 2 ? Grenoble 1998, Chartres 2004

? Wore the yellow jersey in 1998 and 2001

16. Andy Schleck Luxembourg

Age: 23

This is his first Tour

Stage 9 Gained the white jersey from Thomas Lovkvist

Stage 10 Blew on Hautacam and lost the white jersey

17. Frank Schleck Luxembourg

Age: 28

Best Tour: 10th in 2006 (upgraded after Landis? disqualification)

Stage wins: 1 ? Alpe d?Huez 2006

Stage 10 Attacked on Hautacam with Piepoli and Cobo. Was dropped by the Saunier Duval pair but finished third on the stage and ended the day second overall, by one second, behind Evans

18. Nicki Sörensen Denmark

Age: 33

Best Tour: 20th in 2002

Stage 3: Crashed and lost 13-24

19. Jens Voigt Germany

Age: 36

Best Tour: 28th in 2007

Stage wins: 2 ? Sarran 2001, Montelimar 2006

? Wore the yellow jersey in 2001 and 2005

Stage 10 Did a monster turn on the front as the race got to the lower slopes of Hautacam

Euskaltel-Euskadi

Tour de France 200821. Haimar Zubeldia Spain

Age: 31

Best Tour: 5th in 2003 and 2007

22. Mikel Astarloza Spain

Age: 28

Best Tour: 9th in 2007

Stage 7 Tried to get across to the leading quartet on the second-category climbs but couldn’t make it

23. Inaki Isasi Spain

Age: 31

Best Tour: 70th in 2006

24. Egoi Martinez Spain

Age: 30

Best Tour: 41st in 2004 and 2006

25. Juan Jose Oroz Spain

Age: 27

This is his first Tour

Stage 12 Bridged across to Samuel Dumoulin and Arnaud Gerard with 55km to go. Caught near the finish

26. Alan Perez Spain

Age: 25

This is his first Tour

Stage 1 Went in the big break of the day, caught with 15km to go

27. Samuel Sanchez Spain

Age: 30

Best Tour: DNF in 2002, 2003 or 2004

28. Amets Txurruka Spain

Age: 25

Best Tour: 23rd in 2007

Stage 8 Was in the four-man break to go clear, together with Jerome Pineau, Christophe Riblon and Laurent Lefevre. Moved clear in the final stages with Pineau but they were caught inside the final 3km in the outskirts of Toulouse

29. Gorka Verdugo Spain

Age: 29

Best Tour: 48th in 2007

Caisse d’Epargne

Tour de France 200831. Alejandro Valverde Spain

Age: 28

Best Tour: 6th in 2007

Stage wins: 1 ? Courchevel 2005

Stage 1 Won in Plumelec, clinched the yellow jersey and the green jersey

Stage 3 Lost yellow jersey to Roman Feillu

Stage 6 Second on the stage at Super Besse, in the same time as Evans

Stage 10 Dropped 2.5km from the top of the Tourmalet. Lost 3-35 to Evans and co

32. David Arroyo Spain

Age: 28

Best Tour: 13th in 2007

33. Arnaud Coyot France

Age: 27

Best Tour: 129th in 2006

34. Jose Luis Garcia Acosta Spain

Age: 35

Best Tour: 86th in 2004

Stage wins: 1 ? Draguignan 2000

35. Jose Ivan Gutierrez Spain

Age: 29

Best Tour: 22nd in 2007

Stage 14 In the four-man break of the day with Casar, Tankink and Bonnet. Made a solo bid for freedom 28km out but was caught with 10km to go.

36. David Lopez Spain

Age: 27

This is his Tour debut

37. Oscar Pereiro Spain

Age: 30

Best Tour: 1st in 2006 (awarded the title after Floyd Landis was stripped of it)

Stage wins: 1 ? Pau 2005

? Wore the yellow jersey in 2006

Stage 11 Attacked on the first-category Col de Portel and gained almost two minutes on the bunch but was reeled in

38. Nicolas Portal France

Age: 29

Best Tour: 57th in 2007

39. Luis Leon Sanchez Spain

Age: 24

This is his Tour debut

Stage 7 Won in Aurillac with a powerful late attack. Had been part of the defining four-man break that went clear on the Col d’Entremont with David De La Fuente, Josep Jufre and Vincenzo Nibali.

Columbia

Tour de France 200841. Kim Kirchen Luxembourg

Age: 30

Best Tour: 7th in 2007

Stage wins: 1 ? Loudenvielle (retrospectively awarded to Kirchen after Alexandre Vinokourov?s disqualification for doping)

Stage 1 Attacked on the final hill but was passed by Valverde and faded

Stage 2 Won the green jersey

Stage 4 Second in Cholet time trial

Stage 6 Fifth at Super Besse. Gained the yellow jersey because of Schumacher’s crash – coincidentally the German hit Kirchen’s back wheel. Kirchen also regained the green jersey

Stage 10 Dropped on Hautacam and lost his yellow jersey. Also lost the green jersey after a yo-yo battle with Oscar Freire

42. Marcus Burghardt Germany

Age: 25

Best Tour: 127th in 2007

43. Mark Cavendish Great Britain

Age: 23

Best Tour: DNF in 2007

Stage 5 Won the bunch sprint in Chateauroux, passing Nicolas Vogondy, the last survivor of the three breakaway riders just before the line

Stage 8 Took his second Tour stage win in Toulouse with another extremely powerful sprint

Stage 12 Won his third Tour stage – becoming the first British rider to win three in a single Tour

Stage 13 Fourth Tour stage win in the bag – two in a row. Halfway to equalling Barry Hoban’s British record of eight Tour stage wins

44. Gerald Ciolek Germany

Age: 21

This is his first Tour

Stage 8 Lead Cavendish out then sprinted for himself and took second, making it a Columbia one-two

45. Bernhard Eisel Austria

Age: 27

Best Tour: 107th in 2006

46. Adam Hansen Australia

Age: 27

This is his first Tour

47. George Hincapie USA

Age: 35

Best Tour: 14th in 2005

Stage wins: 1 ? Saint-Lary-Soulan 2005

? Wore the yellow jersey in 2006

48. Thomas Lövkvist Sweden

Age: 24

Best Tour: 61st in 2005

Stage 4 Took the white jersey as best young rider

Stage 9 Lost the white jersey at Bagneres-de-Bigorre

49. Kanstantin Siutsou Belarus

Age: 25

Best Tour: 32nd in 2007

Barloworld

Tour de France 200851. Juan Mauricio Soler Colombia

Age: 25

Best Tour: 11th in 2007

Stage wins: 1 ? Briancon 2007

? Won the king of the mountains competition in 2007

Stage 1 Crashed with 9.5km to go. Lost 3-04

Stage 2 Lost another 7-18 because of his injuries, a broken bone in his wrist

Stage 5 Fell in the neutralised zone – before the stage even started – and finally abandoned the Tour after 11km of the stage

52. John-Lee Augustyn South Africa

Age: 21

This is his Tour debut

53. Felix Cardenas Colombia

Age: 35

Best Tour: 61st in 2001

Stage wins: 1 ? Ax-les-Thermes 2001

Stage 11 Dropped on the Col de Portel and later pulled out, saying he had sore tendons

54. Giampaolo Cheula Italy

Age: 29

Best Tour: 111th in 2007

55. Baden Cooke Australia

Age: 29

Best Tour: 127th in 2002

Stage wins: 1 ? Sedan 2003

? Won the green jersey in 2003

Stage 12 Crashed early and pulled out with a suspected broken collarbone

56. Moises Duenas Nevado Spain

Age: 27

Best Tour: 39th in 2007

Stage 11 DNS. It was announced he’d tested positive for EPO after the Cholet time trial

57. Chris Froome Great Britain

Age: 23

This is his Tour debut

58. Robert Hunter South Africa

Age: 31

Best Tour: 97th in 2002

Stage wins: 1 ? Montpellier 2007

59. Paolo Longo Borghini Italy

Age: 27

Best Tour: 124th in 2007

Stage 3 Part of the four-man break that survived to contest the finish in Nantes. Ended up fourth

Stage 11 Crashed and broke his collarbone

Liquigas

Tour de France 200861. Filippo Pozzato Italy

Age: 26

Best Tour: 116th in 2004

Stage wins: 2 ? St Brieuc 2004, Autun 2007

Stage 11 Part of the 12-man break

62. Manuel Beltran Spain

Age: 37

Best Tour: 14th in 2003

Stage 8 Did not start in Figeac after it was announced he had tested for positive for EPO after the first stage of the Tour

63. Francesco Chicci Italy

Age: 27

This is his first Tour

64. Murilo Fischer Brazil

Age: 29

Best Tour: 101st in 2007

65. Roman Kreuziger Czech Republic

Age: 22

This is his first Tour

66. Aleksandr Kuschynski Belarus

Age: 28

Best Tour: 89th in 2007

Stage 9 Attacked after 22km with Sebastian Lang and Nicolas Jalabert

67. Vincenzo Nibali Italy

Age: 23

Best Tour: This is his first Tour

Stage 6 Slipped from ninth place overall after losing 2-19 at Super Besse

Stage 7 Went on the attack on the Col d’Entremont, with David De La Fuente, Josep Jufre and Luis Leon Sanchez. Caught over the top of the Pas de Peyrol

Stage 10 Moved up to second in the young rider competition, behind Ricco, and will wear the white jersey while Ricco leads the king of the mountains

Stage 12 After keeping the white jersey warm while Ricco led the KOM competition, he took over the jersey by rights after his fellow Italian was DQed for doping

68. Manuel Quinziato Italy

Age: 28

Best Tour: 79th in 2006

69. Frederik Willems Belgium

Age: 28

Best Tour: 73rd in 2007

Lampre

Tour de France 200871. Damiano Cunego Italy

Age: 26

Best Tour: 11th in 2006.

? Won the white jersey as best young rider

Stage 6 Lost 32 seconds at Super Besse – the worst performance of the big overall favourites

Stage 7 Crashed into Juan Antonio Flecha’s back wheel. By the time he got back up the peloton had split in two and he was caught in the second half. Never got back and lost another 27 seconds to the favourites

Stage 10 Another bad day, dropped on the Tourmalet, although he rallied on Hautacam

72. Alessandro Ballan Italy

Age: 28

Best Tour: 66th in 2006

Stage 11 Part of the day’s 12-man break

73. Matteo Bono Italy

Age: 24

This is his first Tour

74. Marzio Bruseghin Italy

Age: 34

Best Tour: 19th in 2006

75. Marco Marzano Italy

Age: 28

This is his first Tour

76. Massimiliano Mori Italy

Age: 34

Best Tour: 67th in 2000

77. Daniele Righi Italy

Age: 32

Best Tour: 96th in 2007

78. Sylvester Szmyd Poland

Age: 30

This is his first Tour

79. Paolo Tiralongo Italy

Age: 30

Best Tour: 69th in 2006

Crédit Agricole

Tour de France 200881. Thor Hushovd Norway

Age: 30

Best Tour: 104th in 2004

Stage wins: 5 ? Bourg-en-Bresse 2002, Quimper 2004, Strasbourg prologue 2006, Paris 2006, Joigny 2007

? Wore the yellow jersey in 2004 and 2006

? Won the points competition in 2005

Stage 2 Won the sprint in St Brieuc to clinch his sixth Tour stage

Stage 5 Took the green jersey after finishing fourth in Chateauroux

Stage 6 Saw the green jersey transfer back to Kim Kirchen

82. William Bonnet France

Age: 26

Best Tour: 109th in 2007

Stage 14 Part of the four-man break of the day with Casar, Tankink and Gutierrez. Blew first when Gutierrez attacked 28km from home

83. Alexandre Botcharov Russia

Age: 33

Best Tour: 17th in 2001

Stage 11 Part of the day’s 12-man break

84. Jimmy Engoulvent France

Age: 28

Best Tour: 138th in 2004

85. Dmitriy Fofonov Russia

Age: 31

Best Tour: 26th in 2007

Stage 11 Part of the day’s 12-man break

86. Simon Gerrans Australia

Age: 28

Best Tour: 94th in 2007

87.Christophe Le Mevel France

Age: 27

Best Tour: 75th in 2006

88. Remi Pauriol France

Age: 26

This is his first Tour

89. Mark Renshaw Australia

Age: 25

This is his first Tour

Quick Step-Innergetic

Tour de France 200891. Stijn Devolder Belgium

Age: 28

This is his first Tour

Stage 10 Disappeared out of the top 10 after losing 14 minutes

92. Carlos Barredo Spain

Age: 27

Best Tour: 42nd in 2007

93. Matteo Carrara Italy

Age: 29

This is his first Tour

94. Steven De Jongh Netherlands

Age: 34

Best Tour: 123rd in 2007

95. Mauro Facci Italy

Age: 26

This is his first Tour

Stage 7 Did not finish

96. Sébastien Rosseler Belgium

Age: 26

Best Tour: 104th in 2007

97. Gert Steegmans Belgium

Age: 27

Best Tour: 136th in 2006

Stage wins: 1 ? Ghent 2007

Stage 11 Initially was the 13th man in the day’s break but he was dropped quite early on

98. Matteo Tosatto Italy

Age: 34

Best Tour: 60th in 2001

Stage wins: 1 ? Macon 2006

99. Jurgen Van de Walle Belgium

Age: 31

This is his first Tour

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Tour de France 2008101. Cyril Dessel France

Age: 33

Best Tour: 6th in 2006

? Wore the yellow jersey for one day in 2006

102. Jose Luis Arrieta Spain

Age: 37

Best Tour: 27th in 2006

Stage 1 Went in the big break of the day, caught with 15km to go

103. Hubert Dupont France

Age: 27

This is his Tour debut

104. Vladimir Efimkin Russia

Age: 26

This is his Tour debut

Stage 6 Attacked on the lower slopes of Super Besse but was caught

Stage 9 Late attack gained him second place at Bagneres-de-Bigorre

105. Martin Elmiger Switzerland

Age: 29

Best Tour: 74th in 2007

Stage 11 Part of the day’s 12-man break. Tried to out-fox Arvesen in the sprint by sitting on, but it didn’t work. Second on the stage

106. John Gadret France

Age: 29

Best Tour: 54th in 2007

Stage 7 Did not finish

107. Stéphane Goubert France

Age: 38

Best Tour: 17th in 2002

108. Christophe Riblon France

Age: 27

This is his Tour debut

Stage 8 Part of the day’s four-man break with Jerome Pineau, Laurent Lefevre and Amets Txurruka

109. Tadej Valjavec Slovenia

Age: 31

Best Tour: 16th in 2006

Gerolsteiner

Tour de France 2008111. Stefan Schumacher Germany

Age: 26

Best Tour: 87th in 2007

Stage 1 Attacked on the final hill. Was passed by Kirchen

Stage 4 Stormed to time trial win in Cholet to take yellow jersey by 12 seconds

Stage 6 Crashed into Kirchen’s back wheel as the sprint started to open up at Super Besse. Lost the yellow jersey because the rule stating that crash victims get the same time as the group they were with if they fall in the final 3km does not apply to summit finishes

112. Robert Förster Germany

Age: 30

Best Tour: 135th in 2007

113. Markus Fothen Germany

Age: 26

Best Tour: 14th in 2006

114. Heinrich Haussler Germany

Age: 24

Best Tour: 129th in 2007

115. Bernhard Kohl Austria

Age: 26

Best Tour: 31st in 2007

Stage 10 Ended the Hautacam stage in fourth place overall

116. Sven Krauss Germany

Age: 25

Best Tour: 137th in 2007

Stage 13 Crashed spectacularly into some street furniture, breaking his frame in two. Fortunately he was okay

117. Sebastian Lang Germany

Age: 28

Best Tour: 65th in 2005 and 2006

Stage 9 Attacked after 22km with Aleksandr Kuschynski and Nicolas Jalabert. Went on his own on the Col d’Aspin but was caught by Ricco 1km from the top

Stage 12 Inherited the polka-dot jersey after Ricco’s disqualification for doping

118. Ronny Scholz Germany

Age: 30

Best Tour: 53rd in 2004

119. Fabian Wegmann Germany

Age: 28

Best Tour: 60th in 2007

Stage 11 Part of the day’s 12-man break

Agritubel

Tour de France 2008121. Christophe Moreau France

Age: 37

Best Tour: 4th in 2000

Stage wins: 1 ? Dunkirk prologue time trial 2001

? Wore the yellow jersey in 2001

Stage 2 Bridged across to Sylvain Chavanel and Voeckler – the big escape of the day

Stage 7 Did not finish

122. Freddy Bichot France

Age: 28

Best Tour: 102nd in 2007

Stage 6 Part of the big three-man break of the day with Sylvain Chavanel and Benoit Vaugrenard. Went for it on his own on the descent of the Croix-Morand. Caught with 13km to go

123. Jimmy Casper France

Age: 30

Best Tour: 137th in 2006

Stage wins: 1 ? Strasbourg 2006

124. Romain Feillu France

Age: 24

Best Tour: DNF in 2007

Stage 1 First to attack on the final hill into Plumelec

Stage 3 Part of the four-man break that survived to contest the finish. Ended the day with the yellow jersey and the white jersey

Stage 4 Lost the yellow jersey in the Cholet time trial after one day

125. Eduardo Gonzalo Spain

Age: 24

This is his Tour debut

126. Nicolas Jalabert France

Age: 35

Best Tour: 49th in 1998

Stage 9 Attacked after 22km with Sebastian Lang and Aleksander Kuschynski

Stage 12 Quit the race at the feed zone

127. David Le Lay France

Age: 28

This is his Tour debut

Le Lay rides for the Brittany-based team Bretagne-Armor Lux and is ?on loan? to Agritubel for the duration of the Tour de France. He?s from Brittany.

Stage 2 Bridged across to Sylvain Chavanel and Voeckler – the big escape of the day

128. Geoffroy Lequatre France

Age: 27

Best Tour: DNF in 2007

Stage 1 Went in the big break of the day, caught with 15km to go

129. Nicolas Vogondy France

Age: 31

Best Tour: 19th in 2002

Stage 5 Sparked the attack after 11km of the longest stage of the Tour. Was joined by Jegou and Brard. After 220km in front, Vogondy went for it 1,400km from the line only to be passed at the death. He finished 21st

Rabobank

Tour de France 2008131. Denis Menchov Russia

Age: 30

Best Tour: 5th in 2006

Stage wins: 1 ? Pla de Beret 2006

? Won the white jersey as best young rider in 2003

Stage 3 Delayed by the crash with 25km to go and lost 38 seconds to the other favourites

Stage 4 Second best of the serious pre-race favourites in the Cholet time trial (behind Evans), making up for the previous day’s losses

132. Juan Antonio Flecha Spain

Age: 31

Best Tour: 73rd in 2005

Stage wins: 1 ? Toulouse 2003

133. Oscar Freire Spain

Age: 32

Best Tour: 96th in 2003

Stage wins: 3 ? Sarrebruck 2003, Caen 2006, Dax 2006

Stage 8 Took the green jersey by rights from Kirchen after finishing fourth in the stage

Stage 9 Lost green jersey to Kirchen again

Stage 10 Rode very smartly, getting into the early break and winning intermediate sprints to pinch the green jersey back

Stage 14 Finally won his stage and stretched his lead in the points competition

134. Sebastian Langevelde Netherlands

Age: 23

This is his first Tour

135. Koos Moerenhout Netherlands

Age: 34

Best Tour: 44th in 1998

Stage 11 Part of the day’s 12-man break. Fourth on the stage

136. Joost Posthuma Netherlands

Age: 27

Best Tour: 83rd in 2005

137. Bram Tankink Netherlands

Age: 29

Best Tour: 40th in 2007

Stage 14 Part of the day’s four-man break with Casar, Bonnet and Gutierrez

138. Laurens Ten Dam Netherlands

Age: 27

This is his first Tour

139. Pieter Weening Netherlands

Age: 27

Best Tour: 72nd in 2005

Stage wins: 1 ? Gérardmer 2005

Bouygues Telecom

Tour de France 2008141. Pierrick Fédrigo France

Age: 29

Best Tour: 28th in 2006

Stage wins: 1 ? Gap 2006

Stage 11 Part of the day’s 12-man break

142. Stef Clement Netherlands

Age: 25

Best Tour: DNF in 2007

143. Xavier Florencio Spain

Age: 28

Best Tour: 46th in 2007

144. Laurent Lefèvre France

Age: 32

Best Tour: 34th in 2002

Stage 6 Made a short-lived attack with Amael Moinard at the bottom of Super Besse

Stage 8 Part of the day’s four-man break caught on the run-in to Toulouse

145. Jérôme Pineau France

Age: 28

Best Tour: 27th in 2004

Stage 8 Part of the day’s four-man break caught on the run-in to Toulouse. Pineau and Txurruka went clear by themselves and evaded capture until the final three kilometres

146. Matthieu Sprick France

Age: 26

Best Tour: 120th in 2005

147. Yuri Trofimov Russia

Age: 24

This is his Tour debut

Stage 10 Abandoned the Tour, the 11th rider to do so

148. Johann Tschopp Switzerland

Age: 26

Best Tour: 93rd in 2007

149. Thomas Voeckler France

Age: 29

Best Tour: 18th in 2004

? Wore the yellow jersey in 2004

Stage 1 Went in the big break of the day, caught with 15km to go. Clinched the polka-dot jersey by virtue of a better stage finish after ending day level on points with Schröder

Stage 2 Went on the attack again, this time with Sylvain Chavanel. Was later joined by Moreau and Le Lay. Caught near the finish but he ended with a lead in the KOM competition

Stage 6 Lost the polka-dot jersey to Sylvain Chavanel

Milram

Tour de France 2008151. Erik Zabel Germany

Age: 37 (38 on Monday, July 7)

Best Tour: 59th in 2004

Stage wins: 12 ? Charlerois 1995, Bordeaux 1995, Nogent-sur-Oise 1996, Gap 1996, Plumelec 1997, Bordeaux 1997, Pau 1997, Troyes 2000, Boulogne-sur-Mer 2001, Seraing 2001, Evry 2001, Alencon 2002

? Won the green jersey in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001

? Wore the yellow jersey in 1998 and 2002

152. Ralf Grabsch Germany

Age: 35

Best Tour: 101st in 2006

153. Christian Knees Germany

Age: 27

Best Tour: 47th in 2007

154. Brett Lancaster Australia

Age: 28

Best Tour: DNF 2007

155. Martin Müller Germany

Age: 34

This is his first Tour

156. Björn Schröder Germany

Age: 27

Best Tour: 80th in 2006

Stage 1 Went in the big break of the day, caught with 15km to go

157. Niki Terpstra Netherlands

Age: 24

This is his first Tour

Stage 13 Day long escape with Florent Brard. On a hiding to nothing but tried to press on alone for a bit before being caught

158. Peter Velits Slovakia

Age: 23

This is his first Tour

159. Marco Velo Italy

Age: 34

Best Tour: 39th in 2000

Stage 11 Part of the day’s 12-man break

Française des Jeux

Tour de France 2008161. Sandy Casar France

Age: 29

Best Tour: 16th in 2004

Stage wins: 1 ? Augoulême 2007

Stage 14 Part of the four-man day-long break with Gutierrez, Bonnet and Tankink

162. Sébastien Chavanel France

Age: 27

Best Tour: 130th in 2007

163. Rémy Di Gregorio France

Age: 22

Best Tour: DNF 2007

Stage 10 Part of the initial 24-man attack that was whittled down to seven. Attacked alone 15km from the top of the Tourmalet. Was caught at the bottom of Hautacam

164. Arnaud Gerard France

Age: 24

This is his first Tour

Stage 12 Attacked with Samuel Dumoulin. Later joined by Oroz. Caught near the finish

165. Philippe Gilbert Belgium

Age: 26

Best Tour: 70th in 2005

166. Lilian Jegou France

Age: 32

Best Tour: 97th in 2007

Stage 1 Went in the big break of the day, then clipped off with De La Fuente and was caught with 7km to go

Stage 5 Spent almost 220km off the front with Vogondy and Brard

Stage 7 Crashed, breaking his arm, and had to retire from the race

167. Yoann Le Boulanger France

Age: 32

This is his first Tour

168. Jérémy Roy France

Age: 25

This is his first Tour

169. Benoît Vaugrenard France

Age: 26

Best Tour: 83rd in 2007

Stage 6 Part of the day’s big three-man break with Sylvain Chavanel and Freddy Bichot, that was caught after the Croix-Morand

Stage 11 Part of the day’s 12-man break

Saunier Duval-Scott

Tour de France 2008171. Riccardo Ricco Italy

Age: 24

Best Tour: 97th in 2006

Stage 1 Won the white jersey as best young rider

Stage 3 Lost the jersey to Feillu but, worse, also got caught behind the crash and lost crucial seconds. Along with Menchov the big loser

Stage 6 Won the stage at Super Besse with a sprint reminiscent of his victories in the Giro d’Italia. It’s revealed he’s been dope-tested in four of the previous five days

Stage 9 Won at Bagneres-de-Bigorre after a blistering attack inside the final 5km of the Col d’Aspin.

Stage 10 Took over the lead in the king of the mountains competition and the best young rider classification

Stage 12 Announced he had tested positive for a third-generation EPO called CERA after the Cholet time trial. Disqualified from the race, prompting his whole team to pull out

172. Rubens Bertogliati Switzerland

Age: 29

Best Tour: 92nd in 2005

Stage wins: 1 ? Luxembourg 2002

? Wore the yellow jersey in 2002

173. Juan Jose Cobo Spain

Age: 27

Best Tour: 20th in 2007

Stage 10 Attacked with Piepoli and Schleck on Hautacam and finished second to Piepoli at the top

174. David De La Fuente Spain

Age: 27

Best Tour: 49th in 2007

Stage 1 Went in the big break of the day, then clipped off with Jegou and was caught with 7km to go

Stage 7 Got in a four-man break that escaped on the Col d’Entremont. Caught over the top of the Pas de Peyrol, which De La Fuente won, giving him the polka-dot jersey

175. Jesus Del Nero Spain

Age: 26

This is his first Tour

176. Angel Gomez Spain

Age: 27

This is his first Tour

Stage 3 Forced to abandon after a crash. The second rider to pull out

177. Josep Jufre Spain

Age: 32

This is his first Tour

Stage 7 The other Saunier Duval in the four-man break with De La Fuente, Sanchez and Nibali

178. Aurélien Passeron France

Age: 24

This is his first Tour

Stage 5 Crashed into a spectator on the run-in

Stage 6 X-rays reveal he had cracked a vertebrae in the previous day’s crash. He became the fourth rider to quit the Tour

179. Leonardo Piepoli Italy

Age: 36

Best Tour: 14th in 1998

Stage 6 Made a useful-looking attack with Christian Vande Velde on Super Besse. Caught with 1.1km to go as the climb steepened significantly

Stage 10 won his first Tour stage after attacking with Cobo and Frank Schleck on Hautacam

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Tour de France 2008181. Sylvain Chavanel France

Age: 29

Best Tour: 30th in 2004

Stage 2 Attacked with Voeckler. Caught near the finish

Stage 6 Made the day’s big three-man attack with Freddy Bichot and Benoit Vaugrenard. Ended the day level with Voeckler in the king of the mountains competition but took the jersey because of his better placing on the second-category climb

Stage 8 Stranded in the second bunch when the peloton split, which meant he lost his polka-dot jersey

Stage 13 Tried to attack by himself inside the final 10km. It didn’t work

Stage 14 Tried to attack by himself inside the final 10km. It didn’t work

182. Stéphane Augé France

Age: 33

Best Tour: 115th in 2002

Stage 1 Went in the big break of the day, caught with 15km to go

Stage 13 Tried to bridge across to Brard and Terpstra but by the time he got to his team-mate, Terpstra had gone on by himself. D’oh.

183. Florent Brard France

Age: 32

Best Tour: 100th in 2001

Stage 5 Spent almost 220km off the front with Vogondy and Jegou

Stage 13 Out in front all day with Terpstra

184. Hervé Duclos-Lassalle France

Age: 28

This is his first Tour

Stage 1 First rider to abandon after crashing in the feed zone after 100km. Left nursing his left arm and could not continue

185. Samuel Dumoulin France

Age: 27

Best Tour: 114th in 2005

Stage 3 Won the stage, beating his three breakaway companions after an epic sprint. Frischkorn was second, Feillu third and Longo Borghini fourth

Stage 12 Attacked with Gerard. Later joined by Oroz. Caught near the finish

186. Leonardo Duque Colombia

Age: 28

This is his first Tour

187. Amaël Moinard France

Age: 26

This is his first Tour

Stage 6 Had a dig early on Super Besse with Lefevre

Stage 11 Part of the day’s 12-man break. Attacked a long way from the finish by himself but was caught with 8km to go

188. David Moncoutié France

Age: 33

Best Tour: 13th in 2002

Stage wins: 2 ? Figeac 2004; Digne-les-Bains 2005

Stage 6 Countered Efimkin’s move on Super Besse, was caught by Piepoli and Vande Velde but couldn’t hold them

189. Maxime Montfort Belgium

Age: 25

This is his first Tour

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Tour de France 2008191. Christian Vande Velde USA

Age: 32

Best Tour: 25th in 2007

Stage 6 Attacked with 4.8km to go on Super Besse. Piepoli went too. They held on until the climb stiffened up and were caught with 1.1km to go

Stage 10 Lay third overall after the Pyrenees

192. Magnus Backstedt Sweden

Age: 33

Best Tour: 70th in 1998

Stage wins: 1 ? Autun 1998

Stage 8 Suffered badly, was dropped and rode much of the day alone, finishing 11 minutes behind the next last man, and five minutes outside the time limit. Eliminated

193. Julian Dean New Zealand

Age: 33

Best Tour: 107th in 2007

194. William Frischkorn USA

Age: 27

This is his first Tour

Stage 3 Part of the four-man break that succeeded in staying away to Nantes. Finished second on the stage

195. Ryder Hesjedal Canada

Age: 27

This is his first Tour

197. Trent Lowe Australia

Age: 23

This is his first Tour

197. Martijn Maaskant Netherlands

Age: 24

This is his first Tour

198. David Millar Great Britain

Age: 31

Best Tour: 55th in 2003

Stage wins: 3 ? Futuroscope TT 2000; Beziers 2002; Nantes TT 2003

? Wore the yellow jersey in 2000

Stage 4 Third in the Cholet time trial

Stage 8 Very lively early on, attacked, and was in the break until he punctured

199. Danny Pate USA

Age: 29

This is his first Tour

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: STAGE REPORTS

Stage eight: Cavendish wins again in Toulouse

Stage seven: Sanchez takes action-packed stage

Stage six: Ricco storms to win

Stage five: Cavendish takes first Tour win

Stage four: Schumacher wins TT and takes race lead

Stage three: Dumoulin wins stage from break

Stage two: Hushovd wins chaotic sprint

Stage one: Valverde wins

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: NEWS

Comment: How the Tour rediscovered its spirit

Doping back in Tour de France headlines

Millar: close but no cigar in Super-Besse [stage six]

Super-Besse shows form of main contenders [stage six]

Millar to go for yellow [stage six]

Team Columbia’s reaction to Cavendish’s win [stage five]

Cavendish talks about his Tour stage win

Tour comment: Why Evans should be happy [stage four]

Millar: Still aiming for Tour yellow jersey [stage 4]

Who is Romain Feillu?

Cavendish disappointed with stage two result

Millar too close to Tour yellow jersey

Stage 2 preview: A sprint finish for Cavendish?

Millar happy after gains precious seconds in Plumelec

Valverde delighted with opening Tour stage win

Comment: Is Valverde’s win a good thing for the Tour?

TOUR DE FRANCE 2008: PHOTOS

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