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The Complete Guide to Every Tour de France Winner Through History

A rider-by-rider list of champions, from Maurice Garin in 1903 to Jonas Vingegaard in 2022.

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Maurice Garin

First Tour Winner

Country: France Team: La Française Year(s): 1903

A chimney sweep-turned-champion, Garin led the inaugural Tour de France from start to finish, winning by almost three hours over the second-place rider. He earned the equivalent of about $40,000 for his efforts, money he later used to buy his own gas station.

Henri Cornet

Henri Cornet, French racing cyclist, in 1905. BRA-

Country: France Team: Conte Year(s): 1904

Cornet was declared the winner of the 1904 Tour after the first four finishers (including Garin) were disqualified for various forms of cheating. Only 19 at the time, Cornet remains the youngest winner in Tour history.

Louis Trousselier

Louis Trousselier

Country: France Team: Peugeot–Wolber Year(s): 1905

Trousselier had to go on leave from the French army to compete in the 1905 Tour, so he made sure he invested his time wisely, winning three stages on his way to the overall victory. The night before winning the final stage, “Trou-Trou” spent all night drinking and gambling, losing the money he was set to win. He returned to the army the day after being crowned champion.

René Pottier

Rene Pottier, french racing cyclist. Tour de Franc

Country: France Team: Peugeot–Wolber Year(s): 1906

One year after becoming the first man to abandon the Tour while leading it, Pottier got his revenge by winning five stages and the overall title. Sadly, he hanged himself in his team clubhouse the following January after learning that his wife had had an affair while he competed in the race.

Lucien Petit-Breton

Lucien Petit-Breton

Country: France Team: Peugeot–Wolber Year(s): 1907, 1908

The Tour’s first two-time winner, Petit-Breton’s name is actually Lucien Mazan. Trying to keep his occupation a secret from his father—who didn’t want him to become a cyclist—Mazan raced under a pseudonym. In earning the second of his two Tour victories, he won five stages and never finished outside the top four. He was killed while serving as a driver for the French army in World War I.

François Faber

François Faber (1887-1915)

Country: Luxembourg Team: Alcyon–Dunlop Year(s): 1909

The first foreigner to win the Tour de France, Faber was incredibly large by contemporary standards. Nicknamed the “Giant of Colombe” after the Parisian suburb in which he lived, Faber measured six feet tall and weighed more than 200 pounds. He was shot in the back and killed while trying to carry a wounded comrade across no-man’s-land during a battle in WWI.

Octave Lapize

Octave Lapize

Country: France Team: Alcyon–Dunlop Year(s): 1910

To win his only Tour de France, Lapize had to overcome both his teammate Faber, the defending champion, and the Tour’s first visit to the Pyrenees. Luckily, Lapize was a much better climber than Faber, so the high mountains played to his strengths. He is perhaps most famous for shouting, “You are assassins!” at Tour organizers while climbing the Tourmalet. While serving as a fighter pilot in WWI, he was shot down and killed over Verdun.

Gustave Garrigou


Country: France Team: Alcyon–Dunlop Year(s): 1911

Despite complaints from racers, Tour organizers considered the Pyreneean stages such a success that they added the Alps in 1911. Faber again lost to a teammate, the climber Garrigou, who needed a bodyguard and disguise to finish the race after accusations that he poisoned a fellow competitor. He was later found innocent.

Odile Defraye

Odile Defraye, Belgian, victorious racing cyclist

Country: Belgium Team: Alcyon–Dunlop Year(s): 1912

The first Belgian to win the Tour de France, Defraye rode the Tour six times and only finished once (in the same year that he won).

Philippe Thys

Philippe Thys

Country: Belgium Teams: Peugeot–Wolber, La Sportive Year(s): 1913, 1914, 1920

The Tour’s first three-time winner, Thys was the last rider to win before the start of WWI, and one of only a few prior champions to survive the conflict and continue his career.

Firmin Lambot

Lambot Victory

Country: Belgium Teams: La Sportive, Peugeot-Wolber Year(s): 1919, 1922

When the Tour started again after the war, Lambot continued Belgium’s run of success, taking the lead just two stages from the finish after Eugène Christophe—for the second time in his career—had his Tour ruined by a broken fork. Lambot won his second title at age 36, making him the oldest winner to date.

Léon Scieur

Leon Scieur

Country: Belgium Team: La Sportive Year(s): 1921

Discovered by Lambot, who hailed from the same town in Belgium, Scieur was nicknamed “the Locomotive” in the press for the way he relentlessly consolidated his lead. His wheel broke on the penultimate day and he carried it more than 300K on his back to show officials that he was justified in taking a replacement (rules at the time limited outside support for riders).

Henri Pélissier

Henri Pelissier (1890-1935), French racing cyclist

Country: France Team: Automoto–Hutchinson Year(s): 1923

The oldest of three brothers, all of whom were cyclists, Pélissier finished only two of the eight Tours he started, placing second in 1914 and finally winning in 1923. Talented but ill-tempered, he dropped out mostly by choice. His most famous DNF came in 1920, when rather than accept a two-minute penalty for throwing away a flat tire, he abandoned the race in protest.

Ottavio Bottecchia


Country: Italy Team: Automoto Year(s): 1924, 1925

In 1924, Bottecchia became Italy’s first Tour de France champion and the first rider to wear the yellow jersey from start to finish. His initial win was made easier thanks to the departure of the Pélissier brothers on Stage 3. Discovered to be wearing two jerseys at a time, then a violation of the rules, Henri, his brother, and another teammate abandoned—you guessed it—in protest.

Lucien Buysse

Last Lap

Country: Belgium Team: Automoto–Hutchinson Year(s): 1926

Buysse rode selflessly for Bottecchia in 1925 and was rewarded with a chance to win the Tour for himself in 1926. Tragically, the Belgian received news that his daughter had died early in the race, but his family convinced him to carry on to victory.

Nicolas Frantz

Frantz Victory

Country: Luxembourg Team: Alcyon–Dunlop Year(s): 1927, 1928

Fourth in 1925 and second in 1926, Frantz set the foundation for his first Tour victory by winning Stage 11, a mountainous day that tackled the Pyrenean “Circle of Death,” a route with four challenging climbs including the Col d’Aubisque and Col du Tourmalet. He led the 1928 Tour from start to finish, becoming only the fifth rider (at the time) to win the overall twice.

Maurice De Waele


Country: Belgium Team: Alcyon–Dunlop Year(s): 1929

Second in 1927 and third in 1928, De Waele overcame several flat tires—riders were then required to change their own flats—and illness to win in 1929. He wasn’t a popular champion, which caused organizer Henri Desgrange to remark, “A corpse has won my race!”

André Leducq


Country: France Teams: Alcyon–Dunlop, France Year(s): 1930, 1932

The year 1930 brought a change to the Tour: National and regional teams, instead of sponsored trade teams, would now compete. This shifted the power back to France, with Leducq winning two of the decade’s first five Tours (all of which went to the French).

Antonin Magne

Antonin Magne

Country: France Team: France Year(s): 1931, 1934

Third behind Leducq in 1930, Magne took advantage of new three-minute time bonuses given to stage winners—as well as a mysterious letter tipping him off to the tactics of a competitor—to win in 1931, his first of two victories.

Georges Speicher

Georges Speicher

Country: France Team: France Year(s): 1933

Historians consider the French team at the 1933 Tour to be one of the strongest collections of pre-war riders ever assembled. Speicher was joined on the start line by former winners Leducq and Magne, as well as future winner Roger Lapébie.

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It is the biggest cycling race in the world: a national event that France cherishes almost as much as its Eiffel Tower and its 360 native cheeses! Every year in July, the Tour de France sets off on the roads of France and crosses some of its most beautiful landscapes. Here’s everything you should know in advance of the 2018 race…

‘La Grande Boucle’

In over a century of existence, the Tour has extended its distance and passed through the whole country. Almost 3,500 kilometers are now covered each year in the first three weeks of July, with 22 teams of 8 cyclists. The 176 competitors criss-cross the most beautiful roads of France in 23 days, over 21 stages. More than a third of France’s departments are passed through, on a route that changes each year.

A little tour to start

The first ever Tour de France took place in 1903. It had just six stages – Paris-Lyon, Lyon-Marseille, Marseille-Toulouse, Toulouse-Bordeaux, Bordeaux-Nantes and Nantes-Paris – and 60 cyclists at the start line. At the time, the brave cycled up to 18 hours at a stretch, by day and night, on roads and dirt tracks. By the end, they’d managed 2,300 kilometers. Must have had some tight calves!

Mountain events are often the most famous and hotly contested. Spectators watch in awe as the riders attack the passes and hit speeds of 100 km/h. In the Pyrenees and the Alps, the Galibier and Tourmalet ascents are legendary sections of the Tour, worthy of a very elegant polka dot jersey for the best climber…

The darling of the Tour

In terms of the number of victories per nation, France comes out on top, with 36 races won by a French cyclist. In second place is Belgium with 18 wins, and in third is Spain with 12. The darling of the Tour remains Eddy Merckx, holding the record of 111 days in the yellow jersey. This Belgian won 5 times the Great Loop as Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Michael Indurain.

‘Le maillot jaune’

The yellow jersey is worn by the race winner in the general classification (calculated by adding up the times from each individual stage). This tradition goes back to 1919. It has nothing to do with the July sunshine or the sunflower fields along the roads; it was simply the colour of the pages of newspaper L’Auto, which was creator and organiser of the competition at the time.

The Tour de France is the third major world sporting event after the Olympic Games and the World Cup, covered by 600 media and 2,000 journalists. The race is broadcast in 130 countries by 100 television channels over 6,300 hours, and is followed by 3.5 billion viewers.

The Champs-Élysées finish

Each year the Tour departs from a different city, whether in France or in a neighbouring country. Since 1975, the triumphal arrival of the cyclists has always taken place across a finish line on Paris’ Champs-Élysées. It’s a truly beautiful setting for the final sprint.

And the winner is…

Seen from the sky and filmed by helicopters or drones, the Tour route resembles a long ribbon winding its way through France’s stunning landscapes: the groves of Normandy, the peaks of the Alps, the shores of Brittany and the beaches of the Côte d’Azur. In 2017, it was the Izoard pass in Hautes-Alpes that was elected the most beautiful stage, at an altitude of 2,361 metres. Which one gets your vote?

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The Birth of the Tour de France

By: Christopher Klein

Updated: May 8, 2023 | Original: June 28, 2013

Riders descend a hill during stage seven of the 83rd Tour de France in 1969.

On July 1, 1903, 60 men mounted their bicycles outside the Café au Reveil Matin in the Parisian suburb of Montgeron. The five-dozen riders were mostly French, with just a sprinkle of Belgians, Swiss, Germans and Italians. A third were professionals sponsored by bicycle manufacturers, the others were simply devotees of the sport. All 60 wheelmen, however, were united by the challenge of embarking on an unprecedented test of endurance—not to mention the 20,000 francs in prize money—in the inaugural Tour de France.

At 3:16 p.m., the cyclists turned the pedals of their bicycles and raced into the unknown.

Nothing like the Tour de France had ever been attempted before. Journalist Geo Lefevre had dreamt up the fanciful race as a stunt to boost the circulation of his struggling daily sports newspaper, L’Auto. Henri Desgrange, the director-editor of L’Auto and a former champion cyclist himself, loved the idea of turning France into one giant velodrome. They developed a 1,500-mile clockwise loop of the country running from Paris to Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes before returning to the French capital. There were no Alpine climbs and only six stages—as opposed to the 21 stages in the 2013 Tour— but the distances covered in each of them were monstrous, an average of 250 miles. (No single stage in the 2013 Tour tops 150 miles.) Between one and three rest days were scheduled between stages for recovery.

The first stage of the epic race was particularly dastardly. The route from Paris to Lyon stretched nearly 300 miles. No doubt several of the riders who wheeled away from Paris worried not about winning the race—but surviving it.

Unlike today’s riders, the cyclists in 1903 rode over unpaved roads without helmets. They rode as individuals, not team members. Riders could receive no help. They could not glide in the slipstream of fellow riders or vehicles of any kind. They rode without support cars. Cyclists were responsible for making their own repairs. They even rode with spare tires and tubes wrapped around their torsos in case they developed flats.

And unlike modern-day riders, the cyclists in the 1903 Tour de France, forced to cover enormous swathes of land, spent much of the race riding through the night with moonlight the only guide and stars the only spectators. During the early morning hours of the first stage, race officials came across many competitors “riding like sleepwalkers.”

Hour after hour through the night, riders abandoned the race. One of the favorites, Hippolyte Aucouturier, quit after developing stomach cramps, perhaps from the swigs of red wine he took as an early 1900s version of a performance enhancer.

Twenty-three riders abandoned the first stage of the race, but the one man who barreled through the night faster than anyone else was another pre-race favorite, 32-year-old professional Maurice Garin. The mustachioed French national worked as a chimney sweep as a teenager before becoming one of France’s leading cyclists. Caked in mud, the diminutive Garin crossed the finish line in Lyon a little more than 17 hours after the start outside Paris. In spite of the race’s length, he won by only one minute.

“The Little Chimney Sweep” built his lead as the race progressed. By the fifth stage, Garin had a two-hour advantage. When his nearest competitor suffered two flat tires and fell asleep while resting on the side of the road, Garin captured the stage and the Tour was all but won.

The sixth and final stage, the race’s longest, began in Nantes at 9 p.m. on July 18, so that spectators could watch the riders arrive in Paris late the following afternoon. Garin strapped on a green armband to signify his position as race leader. (The famed yellow jersey worn by the race leader was not introduced until 1919.) A crowd of 20,000 in the Parc des Princes velodrome cheered as Garin won the stage and the first Tour de France. He bested butcher trainee Lucien Pothier by nearly three hours in what remains the greatest winning margin in the Tour’s history. Garin had spent more than 95 hours in the saddle and averaged 15 miles per hour. In all, 21 of the 60 riders completed the Tour, with the last-place rider more than 64 hours behind Garin.

For Desgrange, the race was an unqualified success. Newspaper circulation soared six-fold during the race. However, a chronic problem that would perpetually plague the Tour de France was already present in the inaugural race—cheating. The rule-breaking started in the very first stage when Jean Fischer illegally used a car to pace him. Another rider was disqualified in a subsequent stage for riding in a car’s slipstream.

That paled in comparison, however, to the nefarious activity the following year in the 1904 Tour de France. As Garin and a fellow rider pedaled through St. Etienne, fans of hometown rider Antoine Faure formed a human blockade and beat the men until Lefevre arrived and fired a pistol to break up the melee. Later in the race, fans protesting the disqualification of a local rider placed tacks and broken glass on the course. The riders acted a little better. They hitched rides in cars during the dark and illegally took help from outsiders. Garin himself was accused of illegally obtaining food during a portion of one stage. The race was so plagued by scandal that four months later Desgrange disqualified Garin and the three other top finishers. It, of course, wouldn’t be the last time a Tour winner was stripped of his title.

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AG2R-Citroen (Fr)

Mainstays of the Tour since the 90s, transformed this winter with arrival of iconic car company sponsor, departure of long-time leader Romain Bardet and signing of several pricey foreign imports. Ben O’Connor has provided best value so far and Benoît Cosnefroy is one of France’s up and coming names.

Main man Greg van Avermaet. Belgium’s Olympic champion, a big transfer over the winter, won stages and wore yellow in 2015 and 2016. Yet to deliver for his new team.

Team Benoît Cosnefroy, Dorian Godon, Oliver Naesen, Ben O’Connor, Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Nans Peters, Michael Schär, Greg van Avermaet.

Alpecin-Fenix (Bel)

Second division pacesetters who punch way above their budget thanks to star rider Mathieu van der Poel, whose Tour debut could be high-octane viewing. But they are about more than him: Tim Merlier, Jonas Rickaert and Jasper Philipsen have ridden strongly all year, with Merlier’s Giro d’Italia stage win the highlight.

Main man Van der Poel. Cyclo-cross star who can switch to road racing to devastating effect. Going for a stage win at least, possibly a tilt at the green points jersey.

Team Sylvain Dillier, Tim Merlier, Xandro Meurisse, Jasper Philipsen, Jonas Rickaert, Kristian Sbaragli, Petr Vakoc, Mathieu van der Poel.

Arkéa-Samsic (Fr)

Second division team who bought in home star Warren Barguil, climber Nairo Quintana and sprinter Nacer Bouhanni but haven’t yet seen a great deal for the investment. Britons Dan McLay and Connor Swift – winner of Breton classic the Tro Bro Léon this year – can win in their own right but should have support roles on this Tour.

Main man Barguil. Breton climber who had a stellar 2017 Tour but has yet to truly kick on; fourth in the French championship looks promising.

Team Warren Barguil, Nacer Bouhanni, Anthony Delaplace, Élie Gesbert, Dan McLay, Nairo Quintana, Clément Russo, Connor Swift.

Astana-Premier Tech (Kaz)

Founded to promote Kazakhstan, but have now expanded with Canadian co-sponsor and a multinational line-up. Good bets for at least a stage win somewhere; Alexey Lutsenko is an outside chance for the time trials, while old lag Jakob Fuglsang had a strong run-in to the Tour.

Main man Fuglsang. Danish former mountain biker who can win hilly Classics such as Lombardia and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. He’s tactically astute and a definite candidate for a stage win.

Team Alex Aranburu, Stefan de Bod, Omar Fraile, Jakob Fuglsang, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Hugo Houle, Ion Izagirre, Alexey Lutsenko.

Jakob Fuglsang during the recent Tour of Switzerland.

B&B Hotels-KTM (Fr)

The dream is a stage win for climber Pierre Rolland or sprinter Bryan Coquard, the reality will be figuring in daily doomed escapes. For many WorldTour teams winning a stage equals Tour success, so it’s way harder for the second division squads – but the race does go through Lourdes so miracles do happen.

Main man : Rolland. Eternal attacker whose best days were 10 years ago. Will show in the mountains, but it’s long odds on getting the third Tour stage of his career.

Team Cyril Barthe, Franck Bonnamour, Maxime Chevalier, Bryan Coquard, Cyril Gautier, Cyril Lemoine, Quentin Pacher, Pierre Rolland.

Bahrain Victorious (Bah)

Rocked by manager Rod Ellingworth’s departure to Ineos over the winter, they bounced back with a strong Giro and Dauphiné. Leader Mikel Landa is injured but his underlings can deliver a stage win, or maybe more: Jack Haig, Sonny Colbrelli and Matej Mohoric are all in form, while young Brit Fred Wright is in there for experience.

Main man Colbrelli is the new Italian champion, a strong climber who shines when other sprinters struggle to hang on, so has a chance of the green points jersey.

Team Pello Bilbao, Sonny Colbrelli, Jack Haig, Marco Haller, Matej Mohoric, Wout Poels, Dylan Teuns, Fred Wright.

BikeExchange (Aus)

Australia’s finest look slightly underpowered after Adam Yates’s departure to Ineos. They are out for stages with Simon Yates but also Esteban Chaves, a world class climber on his day, plus they have a former green jersey in Michael Matthews, a good bet if it gets hilly and the pure sprinters are left behind.

Main man Simon Yates. The laconic Lancastrian salvaged third and a mountain stage at this year’s Giro. Strong climbing legs plus good tactical brain and decent sprint makes him the consummate stage hunter.

Team Estaban Chaves, Luke Durbridge, Lucas Hamilton, Amund Grøndahl Jansen, Chris Juul-Jensen, Michael Matthews, Luka Mezgec, Simon Yates.

Bora-Hansgrohe (Ger)

The German team leave out sprinter Pascal Ackermann, but have a formidable line-up led by prolific world champion Peter Sagan, and strong climbers Emanuel Buchmann, Wilco Kelderman and Patrick Konrad. That’s a lot of leaders, but between them they can target stages on all terrains and perhaps get close to the podium.

Main man Sagan. The serial points prize winner is out to make it eight this year. He’s bound to win a stage somewhere, but the green jersey may be more of a challenge.

Team Emanuel Buchmann, Wilco Kelderman, Patrick Konrad, Daniel Oss, Nils Politt, Lukas Pöstlberger, Peter Sagan, Ide Schelling.

Peter Sagan enjoys the moment after the final stage of the Giro d’Italia in Milan in May. The Slovakian will lead the charge for Bora again in France.

Cofidis Solutions Crédits (Fr)

A mix of home grown and imported talent in this long-standing French team backed by a loan company. It’s all about one man: Guillaume Martin can target the top 10 while the rest can make merry in the breakaways. They landed a stage in the Giro and can hope for the same at the Tour.

Main man Martin. Strong climber who has stalled somewhat after writing a book on philosophy and cycling. It’s time he fulfilled his potential.

Team Simon Geschke, Jesús Herrada, Christophe Laporte, Guilluame Martin, Anthony Perez, Pierre-Luc Périchon, Jelle Wallays.

Deceuninck-Quickstep (Bel)

Cycling’s winning machine is targeting a stage and a spell in the yellow jersey for Julian Alaphilippe and a sprint win for Davide Ballerini or comeback man Mark Cavendish, who is now 36 but will work off the back of a sprint-centred squad that can provide the best lead-out in cycling

Main man Alaphilippe. The world champion and very new father is expected to win at least one stage in the opening weekend and ride well in the Laval trial. Luckily he thrives on pressure.

Team Kasper Asgreen, Julian Alaphilippe, Davide Ballerini, Mattia Cattaneo, Mark Cavendish, Tim Declercq, Dries Devenyns, Michael Mørkøv.

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The Germans work a hydra tactic, a different “head” at the front every day, and it functioned brilliantly in 2020 – three stage wins thanks to some perfect tactical riding. They will place riders in the breaks on every hilly day and it should succeed at least once. Brit Mark Donovan gets a first Tour start.

Main man Søren Kragh Andersen. The Dane managed a brace of stage wins last year, but pulling that off again will be a tougher proposition.

Team Tiesj Benoot, Cees Bol, Nils Eekhoff, Søren Kragh Andersen, Joris Niewenhaus, Mark Donovan, Casper Pedersen, Jasha Sütterlin

EF Education-Nippo (US)

Cycling’s marketing dream, clad in lurid pink and making headlines with every radical jersey they wear. There’s real substance here too though, as they have a happy knack of landing prestigious wins with the likes of Stephen Bissegger, Magnus Cort and Rigoberto Urán

Main man Urán. The evergreen Colombian landed a stage and second overall in 2017; he hasn’t hit those heights recently but is coming to the boil at just the right time.

Team Stephen Bissegger, Magnus Cort, Sergio Higuita, Neilson Powless, Rigoberto Urán, Michael Valgren, Ruben Guerreiro, Jonas Rutsch.

Groupama-FDJ (Fr)

A team that is indelibly French, but fields a multinational string of support riders behind its two leaders. With mainstay Thibaut Pinot out with back issues, David Gaudu and sprinter Arnaud Démare will step in, with Stefan Küng targeting the time trial stages.

Main man Gaudu. Breton climber who broke through at last year’s Vuelta with two mountain stage wins, and will have ample opportunity at the Tour.

Team Bruno Armirail, Arnaud Démare, David Gaudu, Jacopo Guarnieri, Ignatas Konovalovas, Stefan Küng, Valentin Madouas, Miles Scotson.

Ineos Grenadiers (GB)

The prolific Grand Tour winners field a lineup of galacticos, with Richie Porte, Tao Geoghegan Hart and Richard Carapaz ready to step in if anything happens to accident prone Geraint Thomas. They have the strongest support riders in Jonathan Castroviejo, Michal Kwiatkowski and Dylan van Baarle, and will be expected to win overall. Given their lineup and budget, anything less equals failure.

Main man Thomas. The Welshman won in 2018 but struggled in 2020. His form on such a mountainous course is hard to read but if he can stay upright anything is possible.

Team Richard Carapaz, Jonathan Castroviejo, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Michal Kwiatkowski, Richie Porte, Luke Rowe, Geraint Thomas, Dylan van Baarle.

Great Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart holds up the trophy after winning last year’s Giro d’Italia in May 2020. The Londoner is expected to ride in support of Geraint Thomas for Ineos.

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert (Bel)

Belgian squad who went up to WorldTour this year and promptly landed a stage at the Giro. They may not have the pure talent in their ranks to repeat that in cycling’s toughest arena, but they will place riders in the escapes every day. It’s all part of the learning curve.

Main man Louis Meintjes. Unpredictable South African who will fly or flop. He can climb well enough to make the top 10, but don’t put the mortgage on him.

Team Jan Bakelants, Jonas Koch, Louis Meintjes, Boy van Poppel, Danny van Poppel, Lorenzo Rota, Loïc Vliegen, Georg Zimmerman.

Israel Start-Up Nation (Isr)

The big investment in Chris Froome may never mature with the four-times Tour winner still struggling after serious injury. Froome’s place at the Tour was in doubt until the last minute, but Dan Martin – a recent stage winner at the Giro – and Michael Woods are good bets to win on any day in the mountains.

Main man Woods. Former ice hockey player and middle distance runner, the Canadian turned to pro cycling late at 29, but took stages in the Vuelta in 2020 and 2018.

Team Guillaume Boivin, Chris Froome, Omar Goldstein, Andre Greipel, Dan Martin, Reto Hollenstein, Michael Woods, Rick Zabel.

Lotto-Soudal (Bel)

The Belgians field the fastest sprinter in cycling at the moment in Caleb Ewan so it’s a simple plan. Former world champion Philippe Gilbert and indefatigable attacker Thomas De Gendt will show on their chosen days, but it’s all about the flat stages and getting Ewan to the final 200m in the perfect position.

Main man Ewan. The Aussie is targeting stage wins in all three Grand Tours this year, and with a fair wind he will land at least a brace in France.

Team Jasper de Buyst, Thomas De Gendt, Caleb Ewan, Philippe Gilbert, Roger Kluge, Brent van Moer, Tosh van der Sande, Harry Sweeny.

Jumbo-Visma (Neth)

The Dutch squad had a strong spring but went quiet until last weekend when Wout van Aert won the Belgian national title. In Robert Gesink, Steven Kruijswijk, Sep Kuss, Van Aert and Jonas Vingegaard they have one of the strongest climbing units, so if they pull together and Roglic is at his best they are capable of shaking Ineos and UAE.

Main man Roglic. The Slovene fell at the final hurdle last year then bounced back to win the Vuelta. A definite podium contender, hasn’t raced since April, but that doesn’t mean he’s off form. Not by any means.

Team Robert Gesink, Steven Kruijswijk, Sep Kuss, Tony Martin, Primoz Roglic, Mike Teunissen, Wout van Aert, Jonas Vingegaard.

Movistar (Sp)

Movistar have an illustrious four-decade pedigree and always field a raft of good climbers, but recently they’ve not delivered at the Tour. The arrival of Miguel Ángel López and Enric Mas can change this; they have an obvious focus for their domestiques, and evergreen Alejandro Valverde could land a surprise stage win at 41 years young.

Main man López. The pint-sized Colombian took last year’s toughest mountain finish, and has won this year over Mont Ventoux, so is a definite podium candidate.

Team Jorge Arcas, Imanol Erviti, Iván García, Miguel Ángel López, Enric Mas, Marc Soler, Alejandro Valverde, Carlos Verona.

Qhubeka-Assos (SA)

Cobbled together as 2020 closed, Qhubeka were the surprises of the Giro d’Italia, netting three stage wins. The Tour is a tougher proposition, and while they will place riders in the daily escapes, they will struggle to translate that into stage wins, because so many other teams will have the same plan.

Main man Belgian Victor Campenaerts landed a fine Giro stage win and can target both time trials, but it’s not clear if he can hold his form into mid July.

Team Carlos Barbero, Sean Bennett, Victor Campenaerts, Simon Clarke, Nic Dlamini, Michael Gogl, Sergio Henao, Max Walscheid.

TotalEnergies (Fr)

French stalwarts with a long and honourable record now looking short of focus; they lost strongman Alexis Vuillermoz to injury just before the Tour started. Edvald Boasson-Hagen is past his best and Pierre Latour not quite the finished article so it will be the traditional plan: get in breaks, target the mountains jersey, and hope for the best.

Main man Latour. The 2018 Tour’s best young rider took a stage recently at the Vuelta Asturias, but will need a perfect day to back that up in the toughest race in the world.

Team Edvald Boasson-Hagen, Jérémy Cabot, Fabien Doubey, Victor de la Parte, Pierre Latour, Cristian Rodriguez, Julien Simon, Antony Turgis.

Trek-Segafredo (US)

There’s a wealth of talent here. Vincenzo Nibali’s record speaks for itself, Bauke Mollema and former world champion Mads Pedersen can win big when required, and Jesper Stuyven is as strong as they come. They will target stage wins; Mollema on a big day in the mountains looks like the best bet.

Main man Mollema. Ungainly Dutch climber who is always at the front when it matters and picks off the odd big win such as a Tour stage in 2017, and Il Lombardia in 2018.

Team Kenny Elissonde, Bauke Mollema, Vincenzo Nibali, Mads Pedersen, Toms Skuijns, Jesper Stuyven, Edward Theuns.

UAE Emirates (UAE)

Last year, UAE didn’t need to give Tadej Pogacar much support; he flew under the radar then struck hard at the close. There’s no hiding now, so they have invested in strongmen such as Rafal Majka and Marc Hirschi; even so, collectively they still don’t look the climbing equals of Ineos or Jumbo, so it may all depend on “Pog” at key times.

Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar celebrates his 2020 triumph. The Team UAE Emirates rider faces a stiff challenge to repeat that feat.

Main man Pogacar. Surprise winner last year, and has backed up extremely well this season. The Tour favourite, but can he match Ineos’s strength in depth if he ends up on his own?

Team Mikkel Bjerg, Rui Costa, Davide Formolo, Marc Hirschi, Rafal Majka, Brandon McNulty, Tadej Pogacar, Vegard Stake Langen.

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Team Jumbo-Visma at the 2022 Tour de France

The Tour de France is the crown jewel of cycling’s Grand Tours. It pits riders against some of the most difficult terrain on the planet, offering only a couple of days spread throughout the race for riders to rest their utterly exhausted bodies.

Even achieving the honor of riding on a 2023 Tour de France team is a lifelong dream for many cyclists, and only those at the top of the sport — and in the right place at the right time — get the opportunity.

The field of nearly 200 racers is composed of 22 teams that gain entry into the race either by right as a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTeams-licensed team, by qualification through the UCI ProTeam season, or through a special invitation from the organizers of the race, Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO).

No individual cyclists can enter the race, and even if they did, they’d have no chance of winning or even doing well. With that in mind, it’s important for world-class riders who hope to compete in the 2023 Tour de France to have earned a spot on a team that has a good chance to participate.

Here is a rundown of how teams qualify for the 2023 Tour de France.

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The Quick-Step-Alpha Vinyl and Alpecin Deceuninck teams battling to keep their sprinter in the proper position in the 2022 Tour de France

The most clearcut way to ensure a spot in the Tour de France is to rank among the 18 current UCI WorldTeams. The vast majority of teams in the Tour de France and other UCI WorldTour events come from this category.

For 2023, those teams include:

  • AG2R Citroën Team (FRA)
  • Alpecin Deceuninck (BEL)
  • Astana Qazaqstan Team (KAZ)
  • Bora-Hansgrohe (GER)
  • EF Education-Easypost (USA)
  • Groupama-FDJ (FRA)
  • Ineos Grenadiers (GBR)
  • Intermarché-Circus-Wanty (BEL)
  • Jumbo-Visma (NED)
  • Movistar Team (ESP)
  • Soudal Quick-Step (BEL)
  • Team Arkea-Samsic (FRA)
  • Team Bahrain Victorious (BRN)
  • Team Cofidis (FRA)
  • Team DSM (NED)
  • Team Jayco AlUla (AUS)
  • Trek-Segafredo (USA)
  • UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

These teams represent the cream of the crop in global cycling; they all feature superstars, national champions in various disciplines, and a host of extremely strong riders who can work together to help their teammates win the race.

UCI rules only allow 18 teams to compete in the WorldTeams category, which is the highest category in professional cycling. Teams earn a spot in the WorldTeams field by collecting points in pro races throughout 3 years of racing.

Different types of races come with different point values, and the top 10 riders for each team, and the top eight for women’s teams , have the opportunity to compete in races to bolster overall team stats to get more points. At the end of the years-long cycle of racing, the UCI tallies points and awards WorldTeams licenses for those at the top.

The teams listed above earned their spots in the WorldTeams category in December 2022, so they can rest somewhat easy knowing they all have an assured spot in the Tour de France through 2025.

Team SD Works, at 2023 Tour de France Femmes team

The Tour de France Femmes uses the same format for its selection. All 15 of the women’s WorldTeams groups are automatically in the race .

The 2023 selection includes:

  • Canyon / / SRAM Racing (GER) 
  • EF Education-Tibco-SVB (USA) 
  • FDJ-Suez (FRA)
  • Fenix Deceuninck (BEL)
  • Human Powered Health (USA)
  • Israel Premier Tech Roland (SUI) 
  • Liv Racing Teqfind (NED) 
  • Movistar Team Women (ESP) 
  • Team DSM (NED) 
  • Team Jayco Alula (AUS)
  • Jumbo-Visma (NED) 
  • Team SD Worx (NED)
  • Trek-Segafredo (USA) 
  • UAE Team ADQ (UAE) 
  • Uno-X Pro Cycling Team (NOR)

For those who do not make the cut, all is not lost.

UCI ProTeams in the Tour de France

The second-highest category in cycling is the ProTeams category. As a complement to the 18 WorldTeams in the 2023 Tour de France, the race also offers spots to four ProTeams.

Those teams include:

  • Lotto Dstny (BEL)
  • TotalEnergies (FRA)
  • Israel-Premier Tech (ISR)

The pathway for these teams to earn a spot in the 2023 Tour de France is not as clear cut. Lotto Dstny earned a spot in all WorldTour races, including the Tour de France, by finishing the latest season with the highest number of points among the ProTeams field, as did TotalEnergies.

Israel-Premier Tech and Uno-X Pro Cycling Team received invitations to compete from race organizer Amaury Sport Organization.

The 2023 Tour de France Femmes offers a few more spots for teams on the bubble.

The two top teams in the UCI Continental ranking in 2022 qualified for the race by right. These include:

  • Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team (BEL)
  • Lifeplus Wahoo (GBR)

Five additional teams earned invitations from the race organizers, including:

  • AG Insurance – Soudal Quick-Step Team (BEL)
  • Arkéa-Samsic Pro Cycling Team (FRA)
  • Cofidis Women’s Team (FRA)
  • St Michel Mavic-Auber93 (FRA)
  • Team Coop-Hitec Products (NOR)

For these organizations, being a 2023 Tour de France team offers one of the biggest chances to rack up points that could lead to them promoting back into the WorldTeams category.

This year’s race takes on a particular bit of importance on the women’s side, as these teams will undergo the same selection process that solidified WorldTeams licenses for the men in 2022. For many teams, a strong performance in 2023 could mean the difference between remaining in the WorldTeams category or relegation.

Because only WorldTeam and ProTeam licensees are allowed to compete in World Tour Races, ending up in one of these places is the only way into the 2023 Tour de France. Everyone else will have to settle for spectating, which may be a lot more fun anyway.

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Tour de France 2023 - Comprehensive team-by-team guide

A full rundown of all the teams, their leaders, and riders to watch at this year's race

Wout van Aert offers a bidon to Jonas Vingegaard during the 2022 Tour de France.

This is your comprehensive team-by-team guide of all 22 teams and 176 riders competing in the 2023 Tour de France, which starts in Bilbao on Saturday, July 1.

All 18 WorldTour teams and the two best-ranked ProTeams, Lotto Dstny and TotalEnergies, are automatically invited. Race organisers ASO also gave wildcard entries to Israel-Premier Tech and Uno-X.

Budgets, calibre of riders and pre-race goals vary immensely. UAE-Team Emirates, led by their superstar Tadej Pogačar, are squarely focused on Tour de France glory.

Other teams, such as Lidl-Trek and Alpecin-Deceuninck, are gunning for stage victories. There are those, like Uno-X and Cofidis, who will regularly be up the road in breakaways, dreaming of an unlikely Tour stage triumph. Then there’s Jumbo-Visma, the team of defending champion Jonas Vingegaard and green jersey winner Wout van Aert, who could feasibly challenge for every stage.

Circumstances such as crashes, COVID-19 positive and mechanical problems can quickly change pre-race ambitions.

Whatever happens on the road between Bilbao and Paris, every team will want to make an impression and enjoy success. We look through every squad, assessing their leaders, objectives and chances of success.


  • Team leader: Ben O’Connor
  • Objective: GC and stage wins
  • Rider to watch: Benoît Cosnefroy

Ben O'Connor

It’s a big test for Ben O’Connor as he seeks to back-up his breakthrough fourth place from 2021. Last year’s Tour was crash-addled, most damagingly for his ambitions on the cobbled stage to Arenberg where he dropped over three minutes to his fellow contenders. He abandoned before stage 10 with a torn glute.

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This season has gone more smoothly. The man from Perth was sixth at the Tour Down Under and finished third at June’s Critérium du Dauphiné, coming into form at the right time.

The 27-year-old will be shepherded in the winds and on the flat by Belgian bodyguard Oliver Naesen but Greg Van Avermaet, who was not selected for a final Tour de France ride before he retires.

Giro d'Italia stage winner Aurélien Paret-Peintre doubles up while there is a Tour debut for former junior world champion Felix Gall. The Austrian climber shone at the Tour de Suisse, winning a stage.

In the French team’s 30th Tour appearance, stage wins will not be sacrificed in the name of GC ambitions. A triumph in the race’s final week, on a stage close to their Alpine base in Chambéry, would send them into raptures.


  • Team leaders: Jasper Philipsen, Mathieu van der Poel
  • Objective: Stage wins
  • Riders to watch: The leaders

Mathieu van der Poel

Alpecin-Deceuninck only joined the WorldTour this season but they’ve been outperforming most top-tier teams for years, including in their two previous Tour de France performances.

No GC rider? No worries. In Jasper Philipsen and Mathieu van der Poel, they have two of the sport’s stars and prime candidates for stage wins.

The flying Dutchman was the man of the spring with his Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix triumphs. He was unusually off colour at last year’s Tour but after a lighter racing schedule this time round, missing out on the Giro d'Italia, we can expect a different Van der Poel. He will be hoping for another stage win or spell in the yellow jersey to match his 2021 performance.

Additionally, Van der Poel can be an ultimate domestique deluxe and lead-out supporter for Philipsen. The Belgian sprinter has six wins in the bag this year, including a recent one outgunning rival Fabio Jakobsen at the Baloise Belgium Tour. In a closely-matched field of fast men, he’s a nose ahead of the rest.

Philipsen broke his Tour duck with sprint wins in Carcassonne and on the Champs-Elysées last year. There ought to be more victories this time round and a clearer shot at the green jersey, given Wout van Aert’s uncertainty about finishing the Tour due to the forthcoming birth of his second child.

New to the team this season, Søren Kragh Andersen could also threaten on rolling breakaway days. His paymasters would no doubt love a repeat of his Tour stage brace from 2020.

Astana Qazaqstan

  • Team leaders: Mark Cavendish, Alexey Lutsenko

Mark Cavendish won the final stage of the Giro d'Italia in Rome.

It’s the last dance for Mark Cavendish, a final Tour de France before retiring, one more chance to add to his prolific tally of stage wins. 

Twelve months ago, few would have expected his partner to be the Kazakhstani boys in blue but the team has a new jersey and new ambitions in the sprints.

Cees Bol will serve as a guiding light in the hectic bunch sprint finales. If the Giro d’Italia is anything to go by, there will be times the “Manx Missile” is surfing other lead-out trains in the final kilometres too.

Cavendish took a hard-fought stage win in Rome after fighting over the mountains. There ought to be more opportunities for sprint success at the Tour than the Giro, but an even higher level of rivals too. 

Taking a 35th Tour de France stage win to move above Eddy Merckx in the all-time list would be a fairytale achievement for Cavendish, fourteen years since his first triumph. 

The 38-year-old is just as determined as day one, even if the super-powered lead-out and devastating acceleration of his heyday are not quite there. Whether Cavendish achieves it or not will likely define Astana Qazaqstan’s race.

Alexey Lutsenko will be the team’s GC man, looking to improve on his seventh and eighth place finishes in 2021 and 2022.

Things surely can’t go worse than last year’s anonymous performance. Astana Qazaqstan featured in few breakaways or stage top-10s. They finished bottom of the race-ending prize list, earning a meagre €15,000 – barely enough to cover the team bus petrol expenses.

Bahrain Victorious

  • Team leaders: Mikel Landa, Pello Bilbao
  • Riders to watch: Fred Wright, Matej Mohoric

Mikel Landa will have plenty of support on the opening days in the Basque Country.

Bahrain Victorious have a variety of different options in their well-rounded line-up. 

Experienced Basque climber Mikel Landa will be leading their challenge. A fourth place finisher in 2017 and 2020, he will surely be in the fight for a similar finish this time round. The lack of time-trial kilometres plays massively in his favour.

Bahrain Victorious won the team classification in 2021 and they have one of the most formidable climbing line-ups here. Landa’s fellow Basque, Pello Bilbao, offers back-up and a Plan B, showing his good legs at the Tour de Suisse.

They’ll be gunning for a stage win or two, having gone away empty-handed from a 2022 edition damaged by Jack Haig’s race-ending crash on the cobbles.

Affected by COVID-19 last summer, Matej Mohorič is back to his best and attacking Briton Fred Wright offers another versatile option for breakaways.

Bahrain Victorious are still grieving the loss of Gino Mäder. They will be riding for him after his death following a crash at the Tour de Suisse, determined to dedicate him at least a stage victory.


  • Team leader: Jai Hindley
  • Rider to watch: The leader

Jai Hindley makes his Tour de France debut.

A year after winning the Giro d’Italia, Jai Hindley heads to the 2023 Tour de France with ambitions of adding a maillot jaune to his maglia rosa. He will lead the German team, Bora-Hansgrohe, on a mountainous route that suits his qualities perfectly.

Hindley narrowly missed out on a podium place at the Critérium du Dauphiné, finishing 20 seconds behind Australian compatriot Ben O’Connor (AG2R-Citroën), but he was pleased with his form leading into his main goal of the season.

Acting as key mountain domestiques will be Bob Jungels, winner of stage 9 at last year’s Tour and Emanuel Buchmann, who finished fourth overall at the 2019 edition of the race. 

Bora-Hansgrohe will also be hunting sprint stages with Jungels, Nils Politt and Jordi Meeus. He has surprisingly been given the nod as the sprint option, ahead of former two-time stage winner at the Tour and green jersey winner, Sam Bennett.

Meeus will make his debut at the Tour and will benefit from the luxury of having Danny van Poppel, one of the best lead-out riders in the world, working to launch him to the line on the eight possible sprint stages. 

Van Poppel has succeeded at delivering Bennett into winning positions throughout the last two seasons, but the Irishman has failed to deliver consistent results since claiming a brace of wins at last year’s Vuelta a España.

  • Team leaders: Guillaume Martin, Bryan Coquard
  • Rider to watch: Simon Geschke

Guillaume Martin

The French squad are part of the race furniture at the Tour, making their 27th appearance. But it’s 15 years and counting since their last Tour de France stage win, a breakaway by Sylvain Chavanel.

Last year, they came close. Solo attacker Benjamin Thomas was caught 400 metres from the finish in Carcassonne and Simon Geschke lost the King of the Mountains jersey to Jonas Vingegaard on the last significant mountain stage.

Who can end the drought and heartache? Guillaume Martin is a trusty candidate for a top-10 finish. He has a history of following breakaways and yo-yoing up and down the general classification, gaining time one day, losing it the next. A stage win would arguably be more valuable than a peripheral GC finish.

This is a team geared for breakaways. Veteran climbers Simon Geschke and Ion Izaguirre have won past Tour stages up the road.

There’s also Bryan Coquard to mix it in the punchier bunch sprints. He’s got unfinished business after missing out last year due to a COVID-19 positive.

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  • Team leader: Richard Carapaz
  • Rider to watch: Neilson Powless

Neilson Powless

Olympic Champion Richard Carapaz joined EF Education-EasyPost as a proven Grand Tour winner and contender for 2023. The Ecuadorian finished third at the Tour in 2021 behind Pogačar and Vingegaard, and can live with the very best on his day.

Carapaz will ride in the Ecuadorian national champion’s jersey after winning it on his debut for Jonathan Vaughters' team but hasn’t been in the best form throughout 2023. He has only won two races and, despite trying to race aggressively at the Dauphiné, wasn’t able to follow Vingegaard or the rest.

He’ll be backed up by a team focused on solidifying his GC position alongside trying to get into breakaways and capture stages. Alberto Bettiol, Magnus Cort and Neilson Powless are capable of winning on a multitude of parcours.

Cort took a wonderful win into Megève in 2022 and always seems to perform at the biggest races when his team needs it most. 

Powless rode a great Classics, finishing in the top seven of Milan-San Remo and the Tour of Flanders and will be eyeing up a maiden stage win at the Tour and perhaps an early spell in the yellow jersey. 

The American also has great memories in the Basque Country, having won the Clásica San Sebastián in 2021, so should be on show in the first week.


  • Team leader: David Gaudu
  • Rider to watch: Thibaut Pinot

David Gaudu

Groupama-FDJ had a controversial initial roster announcement for the Tour de France, due to the omission of top French sprinter, Arnaud Démare, and the focus placed primarily on David Gaudu’s general classification hopes. 

Team manager Marc Madiot’s decision to leave Démare out was curious given how there could be as many as eight chances for the sprinters.

Gaudu finished a career-best fourth in last year’s Tour and will be hoping to go one better and reach the podium. His form has, however, fluctuated throughout 2023 with an impressive second place finish at Paris-Nice being offset by an underwhelming 30th at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné.

Stefan Küng will be on domestique duty as a rouleur and versatile puncheur and new French national champion Valentin Madouas will play a key support role in the mountains.

The French team will still hunt stages through the likes of Quentin Pacher, who was excellent at last year’s Vuelta a España and finished in the top six on four stages.

Thibaut Pinot will start his final Tour de France after announcing his retirement in January. 

Cycling fans will be willing him to chase stages with the hope he strikes at the Tour one final time. Despite narrowly falling to win a stage at the Giro d’Italia, Pinot won the mountains classification and finished fifth overall on GC, showing he’s more than capable of performing well in the Tour.

If Pinot is unable to achieve a fairytale ending and Gaudu doesn’t replicate his top-four finish, Madiot may rue the decision to snub Démare.

Ineos Grenadiers

  • Team leader: Dani Martínez and Carlos Rodríguez.
  • Objective: GC
  • Rider to watch: Tom Pidcock

Tom Pidcock will have the freedom to chase stage wins, but Ineos are lacking a GC leader.

We’ve reached a strange moment in the British team’s history as they again lack a clear leader or a top-five favourite. They line-up for the Grand Depart in the Basque Country with former winner Egan Bernal after his long journey back to recovery following his life-threatening crash in 2022, but it’s still too soon to expect a charge for the yellow jersey from the Colombian.

He has performed well in the lead-up, despite recurring knee issues and crashes plaguing his 2023 season, and it was a delight to see Bernal back in the front group in at the Dauphiné where he finished 12th overall.

Bernal’s compatriot Dani Martínez is likely the strongest overall candidate for Ineos despite a lack of form and 23rd overall at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Ineos will experiment and look to learn for the future with young GC hopes in Tom Pidcock and Carlos Rodríguez. 

Pidcock rode an exciting debut Tour last year with the highlight his victory atop the legendary Alpe d’Huez. He and Ineos want even more this year with another stage win and a top ten overall possible for Pidcock.

Rodríguez finished ninth and Best Young Rider at the Dauphiné and has Grand Tour talent. He has been linked to a move to Movistar for 2024 but a strong ride with Ineos at the Tour could change everything.

Team manager Rod Ellingworth and lead directeur sportif Steve Cummings can count on the experienced Michał Kwiatkowski and Jonathan Castroviejo to protect the leaders across the three weeks. The latter two won their respective national time trial championships in Poland and Spain a week before the start in Bilbao.

Also in the Ineos final eight at Omar Fraile and debutant Ben Turner. 

Intermarché - Circus - Wanty

  • Team leaders: Biniam Girmay and Louis Meintjes
  • Rider to watch: Biniam Girmay

Biniam Girmay's win at the Tour de Suisse augurs well for his Tour debut.

Biniam Girmay is perhaps the most eagerly anticipated debutant at this year’s Tour de France. 

The Eritrean made history for African cycling by winning Gent-Wevelgem and a stage of the Giro d’Italia last year, and it would be no surprise if he were to write another chapter at this year's Tour.

A rapid finisher with the ability to hang tough on some rugged terrain, Girmay won’t lack opportunities on this Tour, and he warmed up for the main event with a stage victory at the Tour de Suisse. It was a reassuring win for the 23-year-old after a Classics campaign beset by bad luck, and he travels to France with justifiable confidence.

Louis Meintjes quietly rode himself into seventh overall at last year’s Tour, the third top-ten finish of his career, and the South African has the ability and the form to replicate that showing in 2023. His last outing before the Tour came at the Dauphiné, where his consistency carried him to seventh overall again.

Georg Zimmerman, a stage winner at the Dauphiné, also features, alongside former World Champion Rui Costa and Lilian Calmejane. Mike Teunissen, winner on the opening day in 2019, lines up as part of Girmay’s lead-out train with Adrien Petit.


  • Team leader: Jonas Vingegaard, Wout van Aert
  • Objective: Win the Tour
  • Riders to watch: Christophe Laporte, Sepp Kuss

Jonas Vingegaard is eyeing a second successive title

It was a surprise when Jonas Vingegaard decisively cracked Tadej Pogačar on the Col du Granon last year but he went on to show that he was the strongest in the Tour. 

The Dane was steely, sportsmanlike and unbending in the face of the Slovenian’s numerous attacks. Is there yet more to come from the defending champion this summer?

He has kicked on from his victory, dominating at O Gran Camino and Itzulia Basque Country. Confidence will be high after two stage wins and an emphatic victory at the recent Critérium du Dauphiné. The only blot on his copybook this year is his third place at Paris-Nice, beaten by Pogačar, who could be affected by his fractured wrist.

The Dutch-registered team were the stand-out performers at last year’s race. They became the first team in 25 years to win both the yellow and green jersey. While they have gone from being the hunters to the hunted after their first Tour de France title, the same core team returns in 2023.

Wout van Aert is on board as a Mr. Do-It-All, a leader for bunch sprints, time-trials, punchy hill finishes and key helper for Vingegaard.

As the recent Netflix Tour de France documentary Unchained showed, it’s not always easy for this star-studded squad to accommodate multiple lofty ambitions. However, the Belgian has suggested he won't target the green jersey and could even abandon the race to be present for the birth of his second child.

Fresh off his lieutenant role to Primož Roglič at the Giro d’Italia, American Sepp Kuss will offer invaluable support as last man in the mountains, aided in support by Tiesj Benoot.

Christophe Laporte was a candidate for most improved rider last season. He can climb in the hills, protect on the flat, ride in the wind, sprint and attack to victory, as we saw with his poacher’s stage win in Cahors. A powerful new face in the engine room for Jumbo-Visma is 2022 Paris-Roubaix winner Dylan van Baarle.

Overall, Jumbo-Visma can win on several fronts. Rather than sitting back, they will likely look to capitalise on their strength-in-depth with race-making, proactive moves.

  • Team leader: Enric Mas
  • Rider to watch: Matteo Jorgenson

Enric Mas' Dauphine display left more questions than answers.

It will be a special 41st appearance for the long-running Spanish squad with the Grand Depart in the Basque Country, and they will be hoping Mas can bounce back from his underwhelming performance at the 2022 Tour that eventually ended in him abandoning due to COVID-19.

Mas has been far from his best in one-week stages throughout 2023, but he’s rarely entered a Grand Tour with a whole host of big results behind him and tends to bring it together in the three-week tests.

The 28-year-old has on three occasions been runner-up at the Vuelta a España and has finished in the top six of the Tour twice. Mas will be relishing a great chance to podium the Tour with the only time trial being 22km and hilly. 

Alongside Mas will be the versatile Matteo Jorgenson. The young American has been a stand-out in 2023, taking his first professional wins at the Tour of Oman, securing a top ten at the Tour of Flanders and coming second at the Tour de Romandie.

Jorgenson came painstakingly close to a stage win at last year’s Tour, finishing in the top five three times from the break. He could play a support role for Mas while hunting stages if given the freedom.

Movistar will race in a special white ‘iceberg’ kit for the 2023 race which will be auctioned to raise funds for ocean protection, with Gorka Izagirre, Alex Aranburu and Ruben Guerreiro also key riders.


  • Team leader: Fabio Jakobsen and Julian Alaphilippe
  • Rider to watch: the leaders

Julian Alaphilippe has hit form just in time for the Tour de France.

The Belgian team have long been a stage-hunting side at the Tour, often lining up with the best sprinter in the world, be that Mark Cavendish or Marcel Kittel. 

Fabio Jakobsen is the latest sprinter to take up the mantle and he secured his first win at the Tour on debut last year after coming back from a life-threatening crash in 2020.

Jakobsen is one of the fastest sprinters in the peloton but hasn’t quite clicked with the Quickstep lead-out, perhaps due to Michael Mørkøv long absence in the spring due to injury. However the Dane is back for the Tour and is renowned as one of the best in the lead-out business.

Jakobsen took two wins at the Baloise Belgium Tour ahead of the Tour against a top-tier sprint field and will be hoping for much more than his solitary win at the 2022 race.

Soudal-QuickStep will also look to Julian Alaphilippe for stage wins after he missed last year's race due to his terrible Liege-Bastogne-Liege crash. 

The two-time World Champion returned to winning ways at World Tour level at the Dauphiné and sent a message to everyone with his celebration: Calm down, I'm back, he signalled after sprinting easily to victory.

The swashbuckling Frenchman should light up the opening stage in the Basque Country with dreams of another early stint in the yellow jersey.


  • Team leader: Warren Barguil
  • Rider to watch: Clement Champoussin

Warren Barguil on Monte Lussari at the Giro d'Italia.

The French team have long been a recipient of one of the wildcard invitations to the Tour de France but after being awarded WorldTour status at the end of the 2022 season, they have automatically qualified for their home race.

Significant moves were made in their ambitions after signing French rider Warren Barguil to lead them at the Tour from 2018 onwards, but the talented climber hasn’t yet won them a stage. He’s more than capable and twice finished in the top-four of stages at the Giro d’Italia this season, so there’s still hope for 'Wawa.'

Clément Champoussin and Luca Mozzato will be hoping to use their consistent ability to finish in the top ten and extend that to a win.

Champoussin won a memorable stage at the Vuelta two years ago after attacking from the GC group and if he is present during the break on a hilly day, could have a great chance of victory.


  • Team leader: Simon Yates, Dylan Groenewegen

Simon Yates at Paris-Nice.

Altitude training is de rigueur for any serious Tour de France contender, but Simon Yates took it to an extreme this year. When he lines up in Bilbao on July 1, he will have not raced since stage two of the Tour de Romandie in late April, much of it spent high at altitude at his home in Andorra.

The 30-year-old will hope less is more in his challenge for the podium. His busier spring ticked all the boxes, with a stage win and second at the Tour Down Under and fourth in Paris-Nice.

He’ll be sharing some limelight with sprinter Dylan Groenewegen, an early stage winner last year.

With six victories so far, including a brace at the recent Tour of Slovenia, he’ll have the belief that he can add to his Tour tally. Luka Mezgec can help guide the Dutchman and Luke Durbridge will call the shots as road captain.


  • Team leader: Romain Bardet
  • Rider to watch: Sam Welsford

Romain Bardet leads DSM's GC challenge.

The Dutch team comes to the Tour with a new team name - Team DSM-Firmenich - and potentially new stars to be made. 

In his second season on the WorldTour, bunch sprinter Sam Welsford has gone up a level, winning two races and regularly featuring on the podium. It would be a whistlestop journey to the top if he can taste glory in France.

DSM-Firmenich have a reputation for bringing through new talent, as well as a challenging leadership style.

Theirs is a young team with a savvy, battle-hardened leader in Romain Bardet. The 32-year-old has been inside the top ten of every stage race he’s completed this season.

Last summer, he finished sixth at the Tour. It might have been more, had he not lost several minutes on a sweltering stage to Foix. 

Extra motivation comes in the shape of stage finishes in his home city of Clermont-Ferrand and on the nearby Puy de Dôme.

  • Team leader: Giulio Ciccone and Mads Pedersen
  • Objective: Stage wins and green jersey
  • Rider to watch: Mattias Skjelmose

Mattias Skjelmose won the Tour de Suisse.

Having missed the Giro d'Italia due to a COVID-19 positive, Giulio Ciccone will lead a talented Lidl-Trek side riding under that name for the first time. 

The Italian recently extended his contract with the US-registered team until 2027 and has more than earned the leadership spot with a blistering start to the season.

Ciccone won the final stage of the Criterium du Dauphiné and has consistently performed on GC at each race this season. The 28-year-old is very punchy and could also snap up bonus seconds in the first week.

Mattias Skjelmose should be there as support and after his mature ride that saw him take victory at the Tour de Suisse, the 22-year-old could also challenge for stage wins on some of the hardest days from the break if given the opportunity by his team.

The real push for stages in the Lidl-Trek camp will come from former World Champion, Mads Pedersen. The powerful Dane took his first Tour de France win from the break in 2022, and he may have to adopt similar tactics if he is to claim another.

The sprint field is set to be stacked with as many as eight possible chances for a bunch sprint. Pedersen is no slouch in a sprint, but his top-end speed may not be as high as Jakobsen, Philipsen or Groenewegen. 

  • UAE Team Emirates
  • Team leader: Tadej Pogačar
  • Objective: Yellow jersey

Tadej Pogacar conquers the Mur de Huy in April.

UAE Team Emirates have one clear goal: winning the Tour de France with Pogačar. 

The Slovenian superstar was denied his third yellow jersey in as many years after being well-beaten by Vingegaard in the high mountains and will be looking to bounce back at the 2023 Tour.

Pogačar produced a spring classics campaign for the ages and dominated with an air of invincibility. Paris-Nice, The Tour of Flanders, Fleche Wallonne and Amstel Gold Race. 

His onslaught of wins was halted however, by a crash at Liège-Bastogne-Liège where he fractured the scaphoid bone in his hand and was forced to take time off the bike. This may have been timely after such an arduous spring and his training schedule hasn’t been overly disrupted.

It’s difficult to find a parcours that doesn't suit Pogačar’s abilities and he will want to maximise his bonus seconds on the punchier stages, especially in the first week.

Pogačar returned to racing at the Slovenian national time trial championships where he took an emphatic victory, albeit against a weak field, 5:14 ahead of the runner up on a 15.7km route. He then dominated the road race too.

UAE Emirates have named a strong team that includes Adam Yates - a co-leader according to team manager Mauro Gianetti, plus Marc Soler and Rafał Majka to provide the final pull for Pogačar on the toughest climbing days.

The Polish super-domestique has worked well with Adam Yates in 2023, helping the Brit win the Tour de Romandie and finish second at the Critérium du Dauphiné, behind only Vingegaard.

Mikkel Bjerg, Felix Großschartner, Matteo Trentin and Vegard Stake Laengen form the core of the team to protect Pogačar.


  • Team leader: Caleb Ewan
  • Rider to watch: Maxim Van Gils

A stage win would change Caleb Ewan's season.

The Belgian team were relegated from the UCI WorldTour at the end of 2022 but still received an invitation as one of the two top-ranked ProTeams. 

They haven’t won a stage of the Tour de France since 2020 and will be desperately trying to rectify that in 2023 with their headline sprinter Caleb Ewan.

It’s no surprise to see Ewan backed up by Jasper de Buyst, who will be his last man in the lead-out and veteran lead-out specialist, Jacopo Guarnieri, who they signed from Groupama-FDJ at the end of the season to bolster their train.

Ewan won three stages in 2019 and two in 2020. Since then, he’s been without luck or a consistent lead-out but doesn’t appear to have lost his top-end speed. 

The Australian fast man had a tough 2022 season, crashing in the opening stage of the Giro and on the gruelling cobbled stage at the Tour. He suffered another setback at the Baloise Belgium Tour after crashing and staying down for some time before getting back on his bike.

Outside of Ewan, one of their riders to watch is young star Maxim Van Gils, who has impressed throughout 2023. The 23-year-old finished in the top eleven of all three Ardennes Classics and fifth in stages one and two of the Dauphiné. Look to see him feature in the punchy days or alongside another of Lotto Dstny’s new signings, Pascal Eenkhoorn, in the breakaway.

Victor Campenaerts was also a late selection and will surely go on the attack on multiple stages. 


  • Team leader: Peter Sagan
  • Objective: stage wins
  • Rider to watch: Anthony Turgis

Peter Sagan is riding his final Tour de France.

This is one of the oldest line-ups in the race. Several squad members have Tour de France success in their past and will be looking to show that they aren’t yesterday’s men: Alexis Vuillermoz, Maciej Bodnar, Edvald Boasson Hagen and, last but certainly not least, Peter Sagan.

It will be the last Tour de France for the retiring, but never shy, Slovakian. He has seven points jerseys and a dozen stage wins to his name. While his best days are behind him, you can never write off Sagan. Several fourth and fifth places in bunch sprints at the 2022 race showed the legs are still there.

TotalEnergies will be active in breakaways, but a stage win would make their year. They need a pick-me-up after a fallow year too, with only one victory in Europe so far.

Uno-X Pro Cycling

  • Team leader: Alexander Kristoff
  • Rider to watch: Torsten Traæn

Alexander Kristoff brings a wealth of experience to the Scandinavian debutants.

The Norwegian squad are the fresh-faced debutants in the pack. Gaining a wild card from the race organisers in January was a first victory for them.

They are on a journey of discovery at the sport’s top level and there is no more brutal testing ground than the Tour de France to show where they belong.

Expect these underdogs to light up the race with many attacks while also working to set up veteran sprinter Alexander Kristoff.

Uno-X have several promising youngsters, waiting to make a name for themselves. 

U23 TT world champion Søren Wærenskjold packs a powerful sprint. Then there’s mountain men Tobias Halland Johannessen, who won the 2021 Tour de l’Avenir and Torsten Træen, who was eighth at the Critérium du Dauphiné. They could surprise a fair few observers.

Israel-Premier Tech

  • Team leader: Michael Woods and Dylan Teuns
  • Rider to watch: Corbin Strong

Michael Woods won La Route d'Occitanie

Despite their relegation from the UCI WorldTour at the end of the 2022 season, Israel-Premier Tech were one of the two teams that received an invitation to the Tour de France as a wildcard. It’s their fourth participation at the Tour and they will have high expectations after securing two emotional and inspiring victories in 2022 through Simon Clarke and Hugo Houle.

As a whole, the Israeli team impressed fans at the Giro d’Italia with their mainly young squad riding an attacking race where they targeted the majority of breakaways. Their Tour team features much of their older contingent, but hopefully, the same style of racing will be adopted. Clarke and Houle have both been selected again to get into breaks.

Michael Woods and Dylan Teuns have shown the best climbing form in recent weeks with Woods winning the Route d'Occitanie and Teuns finishing ninth at the Tour de Suisse, despite barely figuring on the radar for much of the race.

Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome was expected to start, ten years after he won his first Grand Boucle for Team Sky but he was left out for a squad the team believed was better suited to their goals.

Stage hunting will be the agenda for the whole three weeks with Corbin Strong and Nick Schultz making the eight-man roster. 

Strong is a quick finisher with a great track-racing background and could be very dangerous from a break, while Schultz came agonisingly close to a stage win in Megève at last year’s Tour, so he’ll be hoping for another chance at victory here.

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  • 11 POGAČAR Tadej *
  • 12 BJERG Mikkel *
  • 14 GROßSCHARTNER Felix
  • 15 LAENGEN Vegard Stake
  • 16 MAJKA Rafał
  • 17 SOLER Marc
  • 18 TRENTIN Matteo
  • 19 YATES Adam

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  • 21 BERNAL Egan
  • 22 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan
  • 23 FRAILE Omar
  • 24 KWIATKOWSKI Michał
  • 25 MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe (DNS #15)
  • 26 PIDCOCK Thomas *
  • 27 RODRÍGUEZ Carlos *
  • 28 TURNER Ben * (DNF #13)

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  • 31 GAUDU David
  • 32 GENIETS Kevin
  • 33 KÜNG Stefan
  • 34 LE GAC Olivier
  • 35 MADOUAS Valentin
  • 36 PACHER Quentin
  • 37 PINOT Thibaut
  • 38 VAN DEN BERG Lars *

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  • 41 CARAPAZ Richard (DNS #2)
  • 42 AMADOR Andrey
  • 43 BETTIOL Alberto
  • 44 CHAVES Esteban (DNF #14)
  • 45 CORT Magnus
  • 46 POWLESS Neilson
  • 47 SHAW James (DNF #14)
  • 48 URÁN Rigoberto

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  • 51 ALAPHILIPPE Julian
  • 52 ASGREEN Kasper
  • 53 CAVAGNA Rémi
  • 54 DECLERCQ Tim
  • 55 DEVENYNS Dries
  • 56 JAKOBSEN Fabio (DNS #12)
  • 57 LAMPAERT Yves
  • 58 MØRKØV Michael

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  • 62 LANDA Mikel
  • 63 ARNDT Nikias
  • 64 BAUHAUS Phil (DNF #17)
  • 65 BILBAO Pello
  • 66 HAIG Jack
  • 67 MOHORIČ Matej
  • 68 POELS Wout
  • 69 WRIGHT Fred *

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  • 71 HINDLEY Jai
  • 72 BUCHMANN Emanuel
  • 73 HALLER Marco
  • 74 JUNGELS Bob
  • 75 KONRAD Patrick
  • 76 MEEUS Jordi *
  • 77 POLITT Nils
  • 78 VAN POPPEL Danny

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  • 81 CICCONE Giulio
  • 82 GALLOPIN Tony
  • 83 SKJELMOSE Mattias *
  • 84 KIRSCH Alex
  • 85 LÓPEZ Juan Pedro
  • 86 PEDERSEN Mads
  • 87 SIMMONS Quinn * (DNS #9)
  • 88 STUYVEN Jasper

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  • 91 O'CONNOR Ben
  • 92 BERTHET Clément
  • 93 COSNEFROY Benoît
  • 94 DEWULF Stan
  • 95 GALL Felix *
  • 96 NAESEN Oliver
  • 97 PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien
  • 98 PETERS Nans

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  • 101 VAN DER POEL Mathieu
  • 102 DILLIER Silvan
  • 103 GOGL Michael
  • 104 HERMANS Quinten
  • 105 KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren
  • 106 PHILIPSEN Jasper *
  • 107 RICKAERT Jonas
  • 108 SINKELDAM Ramon (DNF #14)

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  • 111 GIRMAY Biniam *
  • 112 CALMEJANE Lilian
  • 113 COSTA Rui
  • 114 MEINTJES Louis (DNF #14)
  • 115 PETIT Adrien
  • 116 SMITH Dion
  • 117 TEUNISSEN Mike
  • 118 ZIMMERMANN Georg

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  • 121 MARTIN Guillaume
  • 122 COQUARD Bryan
  • 123 GESCHKE Simon (DNF #18)
  • 124 IZAGIRRE Ion
  • 125 LAFAY Victor (DNF #20)
  • 126 PEREZ Anthony (DNS #18)
  • 127 RENARD Alexis * (DNS #17)
  • 128 ZINGLE Axel *

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  • 131 MAS Enric (DNF #1)
  • 132 GUERREIRO Ruben (DNF #14)
  • 133 ARANBURU Alex
  • 134 IZAGIRRE Gorka
  • 135 JORGENSON Matteo * (DNS #16)
  • 136 MÜHLBERGER Gregor
  • 137 OLIVEIRA Nelson
  • 138 PEDRERO Antonio (DNF #14)

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  • 141 BARDET Romain (DNF #14)
  • 142 DEGENKOLB John
  • 143 DINHAM Matthew *
  • 144 EDMONDSON Alex
  • 145 EEKHOFF Nils *
  • 146 HAMILTON Chris
  • 147 VERMAERKE Kevin *
  • 148 WELSFORD Sam

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  • 151 WOODS Michael
  • 152 BOIVIN Guillaume
  • 153 CLARKE Simon
  • 154 HOULE Hugo
  • 155 NEILANDS Krists
  • 156 SCHULTZ Nick
  • 157 STRONG Corbin *
  • 158 TEUNS Dylan

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  • 161 YATES Simon
  • 162 CRADDOCK Lawson
  • 163 DURBRIDGE Luke
  • 164 GROENEWEGEN Dylan
  • 165 HARPER Chris
  • 166 JUUL-JENSEN Christopher
  • 167 MEZGEC Luka
  • 168 REINDERS Elmar

tour de france teams history

  • 171 BARGUIL Warren
  • 172 BIERMANS Jenthe
  • 173 CHAMPOUSSIN Clément *
  • 174 DELAPLACE Anthony
  • 175 GUGLIELMI Simon
  • 176 LOUVEL Matis *
  • 177 MOZZATO Luca *
  • 178 PICHON Laurent

tour de france teams history

  • 181 EWAN Caleb (DNF #13)
  • 182 CAMPENAERTS Victor
  • 183 DE BUYST Jasper
  • 184 EENKHOORN Pascal
  • 185 FRISON Frederik
  • 186 GUARNIERI Jacopo (DNS #5)
  • 187 VAN GILS Maxim *
  • 188 VERMEERSCH Florian *

tour de france teams history

  • 191 CAVENDISH Mark (DNF #8)
  • 192 BOL Cees
  • 193 DE LA CRUZ David (DNF #12)
  • 194 FEDOROV Yevgeniy *
  • 195 LUTSENKO Alexey
  • 196 MOSCON Gianni
  • 197 SÁNCHEZ Luis León (DNS #5)
  • 198 TEJADA Harold

tour de france teams history

  • 201 KRISTOFF Alexander
  • 202 ABRAHAMSEN Jonas
  • 203 CHARMIG Anthon *
  • 204 JOHANNESSEN Tobias Halland *
  • 205 TILLER Rasmus
  • 206 TRÆEN Torstein
  • 207 WÆRENSKJOLD Søren *
  • 208 GREGAARD Jonas

tour de france teams history

  • 211 SAGAN Peter
  • 212 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
  • 213 BURGAUDEAU Mathieu *
  • 214 CRAS Steff (DNF #8)
  • 215 FERRON Valentin *
  • 216 LATOUR Pierre
  • 217 OSS Daniel
  • 218 TURGIS Anthony
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