presents our online guide to every team – and its riders – taking part in this year’s Tour de France. All teams have now confirmed their line-ups.

A total of 21 teams comprising of nine members per squad make up the 189 riders taking part in this year’s Tour de France. The majority of squads belong to the Union Cycliste International’s top-level ProTour, with two wildcard additions: Barloworld and Agritubel.

One ProTour squad is notable by its absence., which includes British sprinter Jeremy Hunt, have been excluded due to a disagreement over their sponsorship.

For a list of this year’s Tour de France stages click here.

Team website:
Sponsor: Insurance company
Bikes: B’Twin frames, Campagnolo components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Overall contender:
Christophe Moreau Fra
Other riders:
Cyril Dessel Fra
Jose Luis Arrieta Spa
Sylvain Calzati Fra
Martin Elmiger Swi
John Gadret Fra
Stephane Goubert Fra
Ludovic Turpin Fra
Simon Gerrans Aus says:
If they can get special dispensation for Moreau’s zimmer frame, they could just make the top 10. We can’t work out why the Frenchman doesn’t target the King of the Mountains competition a la Virenque. Dessel will be just another domestic rider this time.

Team website:
Sponsor: Agricultural equipment
Bikes: MBK frames, Shimano components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Juan Miguel Mercado Spa
Freddy Bichot Fra
Moises Duenas Spa
Nicolas Jalabert Fra
Benoit Salmon Fra
Nicolas Vogondy Fra
Cedric Herve Spa
Romain Feillu Fra
Eduardo Gonzalo Spa says:
We’ve learned our lesson after last year. Agritubel have absolutely no chance of a stage win this year. But they do have some nice, friendly-looking cows painted on their team vehicles, so they’re alright by us.

Team website:
Sponsor: Kazakhstan companies
Bikes: BMC frames
Team line-up (confirmed):
Overall contenders:
Alexandre Vinokourov Kaz
Andreas Kloden Ger
Other riders:
Andrey Kashechkin Kaz
Paolo Salvoldelli Ita
Antonio Colom Spa
Maxim Iglinskiy Kaz
Serguei Ivanov Rus
Daniel Navarro Spa
Gregory Rast Swi says:
Astana look powerful. If either Vinokourov or Kloden does not make the podium it’ll be a big disappointment for them.

Team website:
Sponsor: Brand management company
Bikes: Cannondale frames, Campagnolo components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Felix Cardenas Col
Robert Hunter RSA
Gianpaolo Cheula Ita
Alexander Efimkin Rus
Mauricio Soler Col
Geraint Thomas GBr
Kanstantin Siutsou Blr
Enrico Degano Ita says:
Without being disrespectful to Barloworld, it is outrageous that they have been given a place in the race at the expense of Unibet. The Belgian squad have better riders, better results and the row over the team’s sponsor – a gambling website – breaking the advertising laws in France may be valid, but it is not enough to bar the team. They have been racing under the name of their bike supplier, Canyon, in other French races. Barloworld’s goals will be modest.

Team website:
Sponsor: Telecommunications company
Bikes: Time frames, Campagnolo components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Pierrick Fédrigo Fra
Thomas Voeckler Fra
Stef Clement Hol
Xavier Florencio Spa
Anthony Geslin Fra
Laurent Lefèvre Fra
Jérôme Pineau Fra
Matthieu Sprick Fra
Johann Tschopp Swi says:
Same old story – they’ll do well to win a stage, they have no one capable of finishing high up overall. It’s not being disrespectful to say they will be fighting for the scraps left over by the big teams. As the squads with big budgets hoover up all the best riders it’s becoming ever harder for teams like Bouygues Telecom to compete. A stage win, therefore, is a big feather in the cap.

Team website:
Sponsor: French bank
Bikes: Pinarello frames, Campagnolo components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Overall contenders:
Oscar Pereiro Spa
Vladimir Karpets Rus
Alejandro Valverde Spa
Other riders:
Florent Brard Fra
Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta Spa
Francisco Perez Spa
Nicolas Portal Fra
Luis Leon Sanchez Spa
Xavier Zandio Spa says:
The clincher will be if Valverde rides. If he does he will be expected to challenge strongly, all the while with L’Equipe publishing allegations against him, no doubt. The paper maintains that EPO was found in blood labelled Valv.Piti. which makes the lack of action from the Spanish Cycling Federation remarkable.

Team website:
Sponsor: Credit provider
Bikes: Time bikes, Campagnolo components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Sylvain Chavanel Fra
Bradley Wiggins GBr
Stephane Auge Fra
Geoffroy Lequatre Fra
Cristian Moreni Ita
Nick Nuyens Bel
Ivan Parra Col
Staf Scheirlincknx Bel
Rik Verbrugghe Bel says:
The fantasy scenario is that Wiggins wins the prologue, keeps the jersey until they pop back over the channel and then someone else – perhaps Chavanel – pops up to win another stage later in the race. It’s a big ask. A great result for Wiggins would be top three in London but a win is not out of the question. The rest need to catch a break.

Team website:
Sponsor: French bank
Bikes: Look frames, Shimano components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Thor Hushovd Nor
William Bonnet Fra
Alexandre Botcharov Rus
Anthony Charteau Fra
Julian Dean NZ
Patrice Halgand Fra
Sebastien Hinault Fra
Christophe Le Mevel Fra
Dimitri Fofonov Kaz says:
Don’t expect them to push for the yellow jersey. They’ll be limited to attacking in the hope that they get lucky, then hoping for Hushovd to do the business in the sprints. The big goal will be another green jersey.

Team website:
Sponsor: Information technology consultants
Bikes: Cervelo
Team line-up (confirmed):
Overall contenders:
Carlos Sastre Spa
Frank Schleck Lux
Other riders:
Kurt Asle Arvensen Den
Fabian Cancellara Swi
Inigo Cuesta Spa
Stuart O’Grady Aus
Chris Vandevelde USA
Jens Voigt Ger
David Zabriskie USA says:
It’s hard to see Sastre being able to win the Tour, but watch out for Schleck. A spell with the yellow jersey – courtesy of Cancellara or Zabriskie – would get the Tour off to a flayer. After that, though, there are better riders who bar CSC’s way to the final podium.

Team website:
Sponsor: Television company
Bikes: Trek frames, Shimano components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Overall contender:
Alberto Contador Spa
Levi Leipheimer USA
Other riders:
Vladimir Gusev Rus
George Hincapie USA
Egoi Martinez Spa
Benjamin Noval Spa
Sergio Paulinho Por
Yaroslav Popovych Ukr
Tomas Vaitkus Lit says:
They need a good Tour. For all team manager Johan Bruyneel’s bluster they’ve never needed a good result more than this year. With Ivan Basso finally admitting (or not) that he used performance-enhancing techniques (or thought about using them) the team are left with Plan D – leading with Levi Leipheimer. So, unless young gun Contador can rise sharply, it looks like another damp squib.

Team website:
Sponsor: Telecommunications company, Basque tourism office
Bikes: Orbea frames, Shimano components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Igor Anton Spa
Haimar Zubeldia Spa
Mikel Astarloza Spa
Jorge Azanza Spa
Inaki Isasi Spa
Inigo Landaluze Spa
Ruben Perez Spa
Amets Txurruka Spa
Gorka Verdugo Spa says:
They really need a stage win but without Sammy Sanchez they’ll be up against it. The lack of strength against the clock will count both him and Zubeldia out of any chance of making the podium.

Team website:
Sponsor: French lottery
Bikes: Lapierre frames, Shimano components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Sandy Casar Fra
Philippe Gilbert Bel
Sebastien Chavanel Fra
Mickael Delange Fra
Remy Di Gregorio Fra
Mathieu Ladagnous Fra
Thomas Lovkvist Swe
Benoit Vaugrenard Fra
Sebastien Joly Fra says:
It’s one of the cliches of cycling that Francaise des Jeux will have a brilliant team any year now. They looked on course when Brad McGee and Baden Cooke led them rampant through the 2003 Tour. Now they pin their hopes on the likes of Gilbert, Lovkvist and Di Gregorio, who L’Equipe have been bigging up.

Team website:
Sponsor: Mineral water
Bikes: Specialized frames, Shimano components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Overall contender:
Markus Fothen Ger
Bernhard Kohl Aut
Other riders:
Stefan Schumacher Ger
Heinrich Haussler Ger
Robert Forster Ger
Ronny Scholz Ger
Fabian Wegmann Ger
Peter Wrolich Aus
Sven Krauss Ger says:
Leipheimer has moved on to lead Discovery Channel and Georg Totschnig has retired. So it’s down to the kids – Kohl, Fothen, Haussler. There’s a distinct lack of older heads in the team.

Team website:
Sponsor: Sheet metal manufacturer
Bikes: Wilier frame, Campagnolo components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Daniele Bennati Ita
Tadej Valjavec Slo
Alessandro Ballan Ita
Paolo Bossoni Ita
Marzio Bruseghin Ita
Danilo Napolitano Ita
Daniele Righi Ita
Patxi Vila Spa
Claudio Corioni Ita says:
Without Damiano Cunego – who is not riding the Tour after a so-so Giro d’Italia – Lampre look very ordinary indeed. The best they can hope for is a stage win or two from Bennati, Valjavec or Ballan.

Team website:
Sponsor: Bottled gas
Bikes: Cannondale
Team line-up (confirmed):
Filippo Pozzato Ita
Manuel Beltran Spa
Murilo Fischer Bra
Manuel Quinziato Ita
Charly Wegelius GBr
Frederik Willems Bel
Michael Albasini Sui
Kjell Carlstrom Fin
Aliaksandr Kuchynski Blr says:
There’s no disguising the team are not equipped to give the Tour their full attention after riding the Giro at full pelt. Unless they put one of the Giro lot – Di Luca or Pellizotti – into the Tour, they have very little chance of doing anything overall. Apart from Pellizotti and Paolini perhaps the best chance of success will come from sprinters Francesco Chicchi or Brazil’s Murilo Fischer.

Team website:
Sponsor: Dairy products
Bikes: Colnago frames, Campagnolo components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Andriy Grivko Ukr replaces Alessandro Petacchi, not riding due to ban
Erik Zabel Ger
Marcel Sieberg Ger
Ralf Grabsch Ger
Christian Knees Ger
Brett Lancaster Aus
Alberto Ongarato Ita
Enrico Poitschke Ger
Alessandro Cortinovis Ita says:
Brett Lancaster is on the very long list of prologue contenders, somewhere near the bottom, included on the basis that he won the 1km Giro prologue a couple of years ago and that he said in an interview he reckons he’s got a chance. Then it’s all about Erik, with Petacchi out of the Tour squad due to a pending one year ban for testing positive for Salbutamol. Other than that there’s a few jumpy riders who could fancy a stage win, such as Andriy Grivko and the brilliantly-named Christian Knees.

Team website:
Sponsor: Pregnancy testing kits, Belgian national lottery
Bikes: Ridley frames, Campagnolo components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Overall contender:
Cadel Evans Aus
Other riders:
Robbie McEwen Aus
Mario Aerts Bel
Dario Cioni Ita
Chris Horner USA
Lief Hoste Bel
Fred Rodriguez USA
Wim Vansevenant Bel
Johan Vansummeren Bel says:
Cadel Evans is dreaming of the podium – perhaps even of becoming the first Australian to win the Tour. Certainly he’s on the long list of favourites but the lack of willingness to attack will hold him back. Top five will be a good result. McEwen, the fastest stage race sprinter in the world, will be aiming for another green jersey. McEwen is a master at finishing the Tour – something that his chief rivals, Tom Boonen, Alessandro Petacchi and Oscar Freire among them, cannot say.

Team website:
Sponsor: Flooring company
Bikes: Specialized frames, Campagnolo components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Carlos Barredo Spa
Tom Boonen Bel
Steve De Jongh Hol
Juan Manuel Garate Spa
Gert Steegmans Bel
Bram Tankink Hol
Matteo Tosatto Ita
Cedric Vasseur Fra
Sebastien Rosseler Bel says:
Boonen has to win a stage. Perhaps by way of an insurance policy, Garate is likely to ride and that will give the team some kind of presence in the general classification. With Bettini concentrating on the Giro it’s unlikely he’ll ride the Tour, so the onus will fall on Boonen. The big goal is to win the green jersey, but after failing to win a stage last year, it’s back to basics.

Team website:
Sponsor: Bank
Bikes: Colnago frames, Shimano components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Overall contenders:
Denis Menchov Rus
Other riders:
Michael Rasmussen Den
Oscar Freire Spa
Michael Boogerd Hol
Bram De Groot Hol
Thomas Dekker Hol
Juan Antonio Flecha Spa
Pieter Weening Hol
Grischa Niermann Ger says:
Menchov will improve but not enough to make the podium. Freire will win at least a stage. Dekker will announce himself on the big stage and Michael Rasmussen will strategically lose time overall so he can hoover up the points in the King of the Mountains.

Team website:
Sponsor: Boilers, pen company
Bikes: Scott frames, SRAM components
Team line-up (confirmed):
David Millar GBr
Iban Mayo Spa
Iker Camano Spa
David De La Fuente Rus
Juan Jose Cobo Spa
Ruben Lobato Spa
Christophe Rinero Fra
Francisco Ventoso Spa
David Canada Gracia Spa says:
We’ll eat our hats if a Saunier Duval rider doesn’t make the top 10 – and probably the upper reaches of it – this July. Their results everywhere else have been remarkable this season and they seem to unearth riders left, right and centre. Who knows, they may even put Iban Mayo back on course.

Team website:
Sponsor: Telecommunications company
Bikes: Giant frames, Shimano components
Team line-up (confirmed):
Overall contender:
Michael Rogers Aus
Other riders:
Marcus Burghardt Ger
Mark Cavendish GBr
Linus Gerdemann Ger
Kim Kirchen Lux
Bernhard Eisel Aut
Bert Grabsch Ger
Patrik Sinkewitz Ger
Axel Merckx Bel says:
It’ll take a remarkable ride by Rogers to see a T-Mobile jersey on the podium. The team’s response to the doping problems has meant they don’t have an overall contender but they still have plenty of possible stage winners, and Rogers can be in the top five.