6.30.2016

Tour de France: "We made a mistake in the Netherlands in 2015, and we can’t fail again" Nairo Quintana said...

Nairo Quintana:
I’m much more mature and calm, and I’ve got a strong team by my side which helps me out wherever they can. Thousand things have changed, all for the better. 
We did things right, rode well in all stageraces we took part in since January, winning three of them and making the podium in San Luis and País Vasco. We’re well prepared for this challenge.
I rested up a bit more than normal in the winter to come into the racing season fresher, and it’s been proven during it that we were right.
Winning two WorldTour races that wasn’t yet on my palmarès was so exciting, and made me more confident. The team is growing more adapted to my needs, I feel better and better with them, and always offer my best offer a smile to everyone I come across.
I like the mountains on this year’s route. The Tour’s mountain-top finishes are ones I enjoy so much. Andorra will be already pretty hard and make some gaps. Mont Ventoux - I hope to do better than in 2013 and get closer to te win. And then there’s Morzine, a place I hold dear in my heart as I took my first big pro win there in the 2013 Dauphiné. La Caverne’s requires strength of mind, and will be extra tough coming after Ventoux and the Pyrenees; Megève’s won’t be so decisive nor a real mountain TT, because the mountains will come afterwards. However, one in bad form could lose the race there.
We made a mistake in the Netherlands in 2015, and we can’t fail again. I fear the stress of racing, danger and crashes but I know I’ll have a powerful team, with plenty of good rouleurs plus talented climbers. Alejandro Valverde is one to be respected by our rivals and a huge addition, which makes me so happy. We know he will give his 100% for the #SueñoAmarillo.
Froome and Contador will be the biggest rivales, but many others are to follow and be aware of. I'm not superstitious, though I promised a friend of mine to bring him a lion from the podium ceremonies if I got to win the Tour. I thank everyone for their messages on social media - they bring me so much strength to keep seeking for this #SueñoAmarillo. See you in Paris!”

Tour de France: "The third week is always the most important" Alberto Contador said...


Alberto Contador:
"The right conditions are in place to fight for the final victory.
I feel better and fresher than last year. I'm more confident at the start of this Tour. Chris Froome is the big favourite. He knows how to win the Tour and moreover he can count on a strong team just like in the previous years.
But I'm not going to underestimate Nairo Quintana. He also has a very strong team and in the last week of a grand tour he's always very strong. For me h's as great a favorite as Froome.
It will be a tough tour from the first kilometer, but the third week is always the most important. Until the queen stage (stage 20) I expect an open fight.
The decisive factor will be each ones' condition: who will be able to recover better. That's good. I worked hard after the Dauphiné, where I was still lacking some speed."

Tinkoff Tour Team

31  Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa)
32  Peter Sagan (Svk)
33  Roman Kreuziger (Cze)
34  Maciej Bodnar (Pol)
35  Robert Kiserlovski (Cro)
36  Oscar Gatto (Ita)
37  Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
38  Michael Valgren Andersen (Den)
39  Rafał Majka (Pol)

Tour de France: "We both, Sep and I have our place in Dylan Groenewegen's train" Vanmarcke and Wynants said...

Maarten Wynants:
"We both, Sep and I have our place in Dylan Groenewegen's train. I'm the third man. It's a role I have already interpreted for a while and it suits me well. I thought the Tour was over for me, but in the last months a lot has changed thanks to Dylan's sprint performances."

Sep Vanmarcke:
"In the Nat Champ I had to give up due to digestive problems, but now I feel healthy again. I can train normally again, and did it for several days. I hope to be at my best. It's my 4th Tour. I like being here, yes. Last year I was a little at the limit and I didn't know I had to come here, this year it's totally different. I'm not saying we are just going to win a stage,but this is our ambition as a start".

Tour de France: Multicolour Start List With Race Numbers YAY

Team Sky
1  Christopher Froome (GBr)
2  Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col)
3  Vasil Kiryienka (Blr)
4  Mikel Landa Meana (Spa)
5  Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa)
6  Wout Poels (Ned)
7  Luke Rowe (GBr)
8  Ian Stannard (GBr)
9  Geraint Thomas (GBr)
Movistar Team
11  Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col)
12  Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa)
13  Winner Anacona Gomez (Col)
14  Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa)
15  Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa)
16  Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa)
17  Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa)
18  Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa)
19  Nelson Oliveira (Por)
Astana Pro Team
21  Fabio Aru (Ita)
22  Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)
23  Jakob Fuglsang (Den)
24  Andriy Grivko (Ukr)
25  Tanel Kangert (Est)
26  Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz)
27  Diego Rosa (Ita)
28  Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa)
29  Paolo Tiralongo (Ita)
Tinkoff Team
31  Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa)
32  Peter Sagan (Svk)
33  Roman Kreuziger (Cze)
34  Maciej Bodnar (Pol)
35  Robert Kiserlovski (Cro)
36  Oscar Gatto (Ita)
37  Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
38  Michael Valgren Andersen (Den)
39  Rafał Majka (Pol)
AG2R La Mondiale
41  Romain Bardet (Fra)
42  Jan Bakelants (Bel)
43  Mickaël Chérel (Fra)
44  Samuel Dumoulin (Fra)
45  Ben Gastauer (Lux)
46  Cyril Gautier (Fra)
47  Alexis Gougeard (Fra)
48  Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita)
49  Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra)
Team LottoNl-Jumbo
51  Wilco Kelderman (Ned)
52  George Bennett (NZl)
53  Dylan Groenewegen (Ned)
54  Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned)
55  Paul Martens (Ger)
56  Timo Roosen (Ned)
57  Sep Vanmarcke (Bel)
58  Robert Wagner (Ger)
59  Maarten Wynants (Bel)
Trek-Segafredo
61  Bauke Mollema (Ned)
62  Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
63  Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa)
64  Grégory Rast (Swi)
65  Fränk Schleck (Lux)
66  Peter Stetina (USA)
67  Jasper Stuyven (Bel)
68  Edward Theuns (Bel)
69  Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa)
IAM Cycling
71  Mathias Frank (Swi)
72  Stef Clement (Ned)
73  Jérôme Coppel (Fra)
74  Martin Elmiger (Swi)
75  Sondre Holst Enger (Nor)
76  Reto Hollenstein (Swi)
77  Leigh Howard (Aus)
78  Oliver Naesen (Bel)
79  Jarlinson Pantano (Col)
Cannondale Drapac
81  Pierre Rolland (Fra)
82  Matti Breschel (Den)
83  Lawson Craddock (USA)
84  Alex Howes (USA)
85  Kristijan Koren (Slo)
86  Sebastian Langeveld (Ned)
87  Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu)
88  Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned)
89  Dylan van Baarle (Ned)
BMC Racing Team
91  Richie Porte (Aus)
92  Brent Bookwalter (USA)
93  Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
94  Damiano Caruso (Ita)
95  Rohan Dennis (Aus)
96  Amaël Moinard (Fra)
97  Michael Schär (Swi)
98  Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)
99  Tejay van Garderen (USA)
Dimension Data
101  Mark Cavendish (GBr)
102  Natnael Berhane (Eri)
103  Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)
104  Stephen Cummings (GBr)
105  Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
106  Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA)
107  Serge Pauwels (Bel)
108  Mark Renshaw (Aus)
109  Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri)
Team Giant-Alpecin
111  Warren Barguil (Fra)
112  Roy Curvers (Ned)
113  John Degenkolb (Ger)
114  Tom Dumoulin (Ned)
115  Simon Geschke (Ger)
116  Georg Preidler (Aut)
117  Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned)
118  Laurens ten Dam (Ned)
119  Albert Timmer (Ned)
FDJ
121  Thibaut Pinot (Fra)
122  William Bonnet (Fra)
123  Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)
124  Steve Morabito (Swi)
125  Cédric Pineau (Fra)
126  Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi)
127  Anthony Roux (Fra)
128  Jérémy Maison (Fra)
129  Arthur Vichot (Fra)
Bora-Argon 18
131  Emanuel Buchmann (Ger)
132  Shane Archbold (NZl)
133  Jan Barta (Cze)
134  Cesare Benedetti (Ita)
135  Sam Bennett (Irl)
136  Bartosz Huzarski (Pol)
137  Patrick Konrad (Aut)
138  Andreas Schillinger (Ger)
139  Paul Voss (Ger)
Team Katusha
141  Joaquim Rodríguez Oliver (Spa)
142  Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita)
143  Marco Haller (Aut)
144  Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
145  Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa)
146  Michael Mørkøv (Den)
147  Jurgen Van den Broeck (Bel)
148  Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa)
149  Ilnur Zakarin (Rus)
Lampre - Merida
151  Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por)
152  Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn)
153  Matteo Bono (Ita)
154  Davide Cimolai (Ita)
155  Kristijan Durasek (Cro)
156  Tsgabu Grmay (Eth)
157  Louis Meintjes (RSA)
158  Luka Pibernik (Slo)
159  Jan Polanc (Slo)
Lotto Soudal
161  André Greipel (Ger)
162  Lars Ytting Bak (Den)
163  Thomas De Gendt (Bel)
164  Jens Debusschere (Bel)
165  Tony Gallopin (Fra)
166  Adam Hansen (Aus)
167  Gregory Henderson (NZl)
168  Jürgen Roelandts (Bel)
169  Marcel Sieberg (Ger)
Direct Energie
171  Bryan Coquard (Fra)
172  Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
173  Antoine Duchesne (Can)
174  Yohann Gène (Fra)
175  Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra)
176  Adrien Petit (Fra)
177  Romain Sicard (Fra)
178  Angelo Tulik (Fra)
179  Thomas Voeckler (Fra)
Etixx - Quick-Step
181  Marcel Kittel (Ger)
182  Julian Alaphilippe (Fra)
183  Iljo Keisse (Bel)
184  Daniel Martin (Irl)
185  Tony Martin (Ger)
186  Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg)
187  Fabio Sabatini (Ita)
188  Petr Vakoč (Cze)
189  Julien Vermote (Bel)
Cofidis Solutions Credits
191  Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa)
192  Borut Bozic (Slo)
193  Jérôme Cousin (Fra)
194  Nicolas Edet (Fra)
195  Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)
196  Christophe Laporte (Fra)
197  Cyril Lemoine (Fra)
198  Luis Angel Maté Mardones (Spa)
199  Geoffrey Soupe (Fra)
Orica-GreenEdge
201  Simon Gerrans (Aus)
202  Michael Albasini (Swi)
203  Luke Durbridge (Aus)
204  Mathew Hayman (Aus)
205  Daryl Impey (RSA)
206  Christopher Juul Jensen (Den)
207  Michael Matthews (Aus)
208  Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa)
209  Adam Yates (GBr)
Fortuneo - Vital Concept
211  Eduardo Sepúlveda (Arg)
212  Vegard Breen (Nor)
213  Anthony Delaplace (Fra)
214  Brice Feillu (Fra)
215  Armindo Fonseca (Fra)
216  Daniel McLay (GBr)
217  Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fra)
218  Chris Anker Sørensen (Den)
219  Florian Vachon (Fra)

Tour de France: "I’ll be good when it matters" Gerain Thomas said...

Geraint Thomas:
“Suisse didn’t really go to plan. It certainly wasn’t where I hoped to be. That was a big disappointment but I’ve rested up and I’m raring to go. This is all about doing my job for Froome. Hopefully when we start climbing I feel good and if I’m up there, anything extra would be a huge bonus but in the last two weeks I’ve got my head around being here for Froome. If anything else happens that’s great but I’m not really thinking about personal ambitions. 
I had a good camp in Tenerife and was a bit keen maybe and trained hard. I pushed the diet as well and it’s just one of those things. This is the first year I’ve concentrated on stage races and the start went really well. I think I was just a bit too keen. You have those races from time to time but I’ve done everything possible since then to freshen up and fuel up. I’ll be good when it matters."

Tour de France: "The toughest challenge of my career" Chris Froome said...


Chris Froome:
“I’m in a privileged position to be leading such a great group of guysI’ve got all my bases covered with the guys we have here. I’m coming here off the back of the Dauphiné, which was a good confirmation of where I am. I feel as though I’m ready for the Tour de France.
I’m ready for this year’s Tour but I know we can’t take anything for granted and there a lot of factors outside of our control but we’ve got the potential to get the job done. This is the toughest challenge of my career to date, trying to come here and target a third Tour de France but with this group around me I feel like I’ve got a lot more confidence and hopefully a team I can rely on when the chips are down.
This is a climber-based route. Even the two time trials, one is uphill and the other has two climbs on it. The time trials will see the climbers do well. The amount of climbing does outweigh previous editions. Everyone here can go uphill, including Stannard. It’s a climber's Tour de France and that’s how we’ve selected the team.
Since I’ve come into the race and looking to win it’s become much more of a climber-dominated race in the last few years. I just feel that this year, more than ever, the level of competition is higher than ever. I have more rivals and the level of them is that much stronger.”

Team Sky Tour de France Team: 


1  Christopher Froome (GBr)
2  Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col)
3  Vasil Kiryienka (Blr)
4  Mikel Landa Meana (Spa)
5  Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa)
6  Wout Poels (Ned)
7  Luke Rowe (GBr)
8  Ian Stannard (GBr)
9  Geraint Thomas (GBr)

6.29.2016

Robert Gesink Talks About His Recovery After Crash in Tour de Suisse


While his team mates are getting ready for the Tour de Fance Robert Gesink is still fighting to recover from the bad crash he sustained in the Tour de Suisse. "This concussion costs a lot of energy!" he tweeted. Read what he says about his condition.

Robert Gesink:
"Just a quick message to inform you about my recovery. Things are up and down the last few days with high and low energy levels and lots of afternoon naps after rides on the bike. To be honest, recovery isn't going as fast as I hoped and I'm in close contact with the team every day to adapt the length of bike rides to the energy available that day. 
Things aren't all negative, I do not have the problems concentrating or headaches anymore, so we are definitely moving forward!
I hope to bring good news soon and to be able to talk about training again instead of just riding the bike and sleeping just as long as my 1,5 year old son afterwards! 😉
From next week I will be traveling to Colorado, USA, to focus on the last part of the season. Hopefully the training at altitude in the States brings the good form like it did many times before!
Thanks for all the kind messages!"



Johan Vansummeren Quits Procycling

Johan Vansummeren:
"I am really sad to stop my career because of medical reasons but my health is more important than cycling ambitions. Over the last few months I have done many medical tests. Then, two surgical interventions put a name on my health issue.
From now, my state of health requires repeated health check and forced me to end career.
I spent 13 exceptional seasons in professional cycling that allowed me to make a living from my passion.
I did tremendous physical efforts to ride among the best riders as well. I even had the benefit to win Paris-Roubaix which was the race I dreamt of.
For sure, this victory will remain as my best memory in professional cycling.
I also would like to thank my family and friends who have always been there for me in both good and bad moments of my career. Obviously, I won’t forget my supporters and the AG2R LA MONDIALE team in which I lived two seasons of great human experiences."

Tour de France Comin' Soon: The Most Learned Preview You Can Read on the Net

Why does it take me so long to start writing this preview? The Tour is coming and previews are everywhere. It takes few to make one: you list the main conteders and pick some outsiders. At the end of June they are both well known. You can add a map, a list with all the stages and the provisional start list... that is definitive but with no race numbers. Easy, isn't it? A Tour de France preview brings readers, followers and likes at a very low cost in terms of work. I had my 'preview' ready since several days in fact. But I didn't post it because it isn't the kind of preview I like.
Why are we thrilled with the Tour de France grand départ? Why we still are so thrilled after so many years of it? It isn't the race. No: it's the story, better the stories about it, the legend(s), the big narrative. Anthropology states that the sport is a sublimated form of war, especially important and 'felt' amongh people who are no more regularly involved - as a community - in wars. That's probably why we get excited watching riders suffering and showing their guts. They are 'true warriors' we say in awe. 
At the heart of this narrative about the Tour as the greatest challenge there is another narrative and another paradigmatic challenge: 'la grande queste' of the medieval knights who basicly were the cadet (younger) sons of aristocratic families let without inheritance by the law of primogeniture that used to give all to he first son to save the integrity of the land. Some of these guys used to become priests and monks, others - the unruly and less inclined to study - opted for the 'chivalry', that could consist in organised  robbery or in the accomplishment of an ascetic itinerary including traveling, standing pain and privations, showing courage and dedication to a mystical aim. In short: proving themselves and challenging their limits.
Does it sound familiar?
Indead it was - and it is - a war without an enemy, a simulated war where the enemy is your own weakness, egoism, fear. Indead the knight must have qualities a warrior needs to succeed - or even to survive: strength, patience, perseverance, humilty, unselfishness but also insight and leader, readiness and a bit of temerity. 
Now I'll probably make you jump on the chair taking about 'Jihad'. Let's stay basic: on the wikipedia you can read: "In Arabic, the word jihād is a noun meaning the act of "striving, applying oneself, struggling, persevering". A person engaged in jihad is called a mujahid (Arabic: مجاهد‎‎), the plural of which is mujahideen (مجاهدين). The word jihad appears frequently in the Quran, often in the idiomatic expression "striving in the way of God (al-jihad fi sabil Allah)", to refer to the act of striving to serve the purposes of God on this earth.". That's correct. So you see the Islamic 'Jihad' is no far from the Christian 'Quest' or better 'Ascesis'. They both mean a good effort to go - as far as possible - beyond the limits of the human nature, and they both have been misunderstood unfortunately, see the  - ancient and modern - Crusades and the self declared - past and new - Islamic State.
Rumi
Riders are often said to be forced to an ascetic lifestyle, reminded to stay humble, prised for their generosity. They often talk about their motivation as a deep drive to go beyond their limits, to do better than anybody else but in first place better than themseves. Modern age has been the age of  a massive desacralisation - especially in Europe but not just there - so after the first sublimation of the war in chivalry we had a second sublimation of religious ascisis in sport. Nevertheless the original spirit is alive in its new social objectification and that's why we are so thrilled: the Tour de France's victory was Andy Schleck's Graal, Cadel Evans' altitude seclusion had a monastic scent as well as Ivan Basso's ascetic diet... and the qualities we look for in the main Tour's contenders are in the end the same connoting the ancient knights' and Jihad'i.
Finally we have the feeling that it isn't just about the athletic performance. No. It's moreover about the human performance. The Tour de France winner, we want to be somehow 'perfect'. Indead knights' and Jihad'i was supposed to be the mirror of the accomplished man, the human being fully realising his qualities and almost trascending the human condition toward the angelic one, like Lohengrin or even toward god, in whose image it was created. And here I should quote my beloved Rumi or at least the Indian wisdom saying 'you are this all'...

For a more prosaic but complete preview go HERE. That's also the source of the following mundane but useful tools:

ALL STAGES
Stage 1 July 02, 2016 Mont-Saint-Michel - Utah Beach / Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont 188 km
Stage 2 July 03, 2016 Saint-Lô - Cherbourg-Octeville 182 km
Stage 3 July 04, 2016 Granville - Angers 222 km
Stage 4 July 05, 2016 Saumer - Limoges 232 km
Stage 5 July 06, 2016 Limoges - Le Lioran 216 km
Stage 6 July 07, 2016 Arpajon-sur-Cère - Montauban 187 km
Stage 7 July 08, 2016 L'Isle-Jourdain - Lac de Payolle 162 km
Stage 8 July 09, 2016 Pau - Bagnères-de-Luchon 183 km
Stage 9 July 10, 2016 Vielha Val d'Aran - Andorre Arcalis 184 km
Rest Day 1 July 11, 2016 Andorra
Stage 10 July 12, 2016 Escaldes-Engordany - Revel 198 km
Stage 11 July 13, 2016 Carcassonne - Montpellier 264 km
Stage 12 July 14, 2016 Montpellier - Mont Ventoux 185 km
Stage 13 July 15, 2016 Bourg-Saint-Andéol - La Caverne du Pont-d'Arc (ITT) 37 km
Stage 14 July 16, 2016 Montélimar - Villars-les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux 208 km
Stage 15 July 17, 2016 Bourg-en-Bresse - Culoz 159 km
Stage 16 July 18, 2016 Moirans-en-Montagne - Berne 206 km
Rest Day 2 July 19, 2016 Berne
Stage 17 July 20, 2016 Berne - Finhaut-Emosson 184 km
Stage 18 July 21, 2016 Sallanches - Megève (ITT) 17 km
Stage 19 July 22, 2016 Albertville - Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc 146 km
Stage 20 July 23, 2016 Megève - Morzine 146 km
Stage 21 July 24, 2016 Chantilly - Paris Champs-Élysées 113 km


Chris FroomeMAIN CONTENDERS
Chris Froome (Team Sky)
Race days: 27
Victories: 5
Herald Sun Tour (January, 2.1): 1st overall, 1 stage win
Volta a Catalunya (March, WorldTour): 8th overall
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April, WT): 112th
Tour de Romandie (April/May, WT): 38th overall, 1 stage win
Critérium du Dauphiné (June, WT): 1st overall, 1 stage win

Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
Race days: 32
Victories: 5
Alberto ContadorTour de San Luis (January, 2.1): 3rd overall
Colombian nationals road race (February): 4th
Volta a Catalunya (March, WT): 1st overall
GP Miguel Indurain (March, 1.1): DNF
Vuelta al País Vasco (April, WT): 3rd overall
Tour de Romandie (April/May, WT): 1st overall, 1 stage win
Route du Sud (June, 2.1): 1st overall, 1 stage win

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)
Race days: 33
Victories: 4
Volta ao Algarve (February, 2.1): 3rd overall, 1 stage win
NairoQuinCoParis-Nice (March, WT): 2nd overall
Volta a Catalunya (March, WT): 2nd overall
Vuelta al País Vasco (April, WT): 1st overall, 1 stage win
Critérium du Dauphiné (June, WT): 5th overall, 1 stage win

Fabio AruFabio Aru (Astana)
Race days: 31
Victories: 1
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (February, 2.1): 6th overall
Volta ao Algarve (February, 2.1): 9th overall
Volta a Catalunya (March, WT): 14th overall
Vuelta al País Vasco (April, WT): DNF
Amstel Gold Race (April, WT): DNF
Critérium du Dauphiné (June, WT): 45th overall, 1 stage win

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)
Race days: 39
Victories: 5
GP La Marseillaise (January, 1.1): 2nd
PINOT ThibautEtoile de Bessèges (February, 2.1): 3rd overall
Volta ao Algarve (February, 2.1): 4th overall
Tirreno-Adriatico (March, WT): 5th overall
Critérium International (March, 2.HC): 1st overall, 2 stage wins
Vuelta al País Vasco (April, WT): 4th overall
Tour de Romandie (April-May, WT): 2nd overall, 1 stage win
Critérium du Dauphiné (June, WT): 16th overall, 1 stage win

Richie PorteRichie Porte (BMC)
Race days: 40
Victories: 1
Australian nationals time trial (January): 2nd
Australian nationals road race (January): DNF
Tour Down Under (January, WT): 2nd overall, 1 stage win
Tour of Oman (February, 2.HC): 49th overall
Paris-Nice (March, WT): 3rd overall
Volta a Catalunya (March, WT): 4th overall
Liege-Bastogne-Liege (April, WT): 91st
Tour de Romandie (April-May, WT): DNF
Critérium du Dauphiné (June, WT): 14h overall

Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale)
Race days: 42
Victories: 0
GP La Marseillaise (January, 1.1): 48th
Romain BardetTour of Oman (February, 2.HC): 2nd overall
Classic Sud Ardèche (February, 1.1): 5th
La Drôme Classic (February, 1.1): 8th
Paris-Nice (March, WT): 9th overall
Volta a Catalunya (March, WT): 6th overall
Giro del Trentino (April, 2.HC): 6th overall
Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April, WT): 13th
Tour de Romandie (April-May, WT): 27th overall
Critérium du Dauphiné (June, WT): 2nd overall

Tejay van Garderen (BMC)
Race days: 35
Tejay van GarderenVictories: 3
Vuelta a Murcia (February, 1.1): 7th
Clásica de Almería (February, 1.1): 68th
Ruta del Sol (February, 2.1): 2nd overall, 1 stage win
Tirreno-Adriatico (March, WT): 25th overall, 1 stage win (TTT)
Volta a Catalunya (March, WT): 5th overall
Tour de Romandie (April-May, WT): 10th overall
Tour de Suisse (June, WT): 6th overall, 1 stage win

OUTSIDERS
Bauke Mollema (Trek Factory Racing).
Bauke MollemaI'll add Alexis Vuillermoz, Vincenzo Nibali and Alejandro Valverde: they start as helpers but you never know. 

SPRINTERS
 Mark Cavendish
Marcel Kittel
André Greipel
Michael Matthews 
John Degenkolb
Alexander Kristoff 
Peter Sagan
Jasper Stuyven
Nacer Bouhanni
Bryan Coquard
CLIMBERS
Alexis Vuillermoz
Diego Rosa
Daniel Teklehaimanot 
Pierre Rolland
Daniel Martin
Joaquin Rodriguez
Jurgen Van Den Broeck 
Ilnur Zakarin 
Wilco Kelderman
Mikel Nieve  
Rafal Majka 
YOUTHS
Alex Howes 
Julian Alaphilippe
Petr Vakoc 
Louis Meintjes 
Adam Yates
Warren Barguil
Alexis VuillermozSergio Henao  
Mikel Landa Meana   
Wout Poels
CRONOMAN
Rohan Dennis 
Brent Bookwalter
Ramunas Navardauskas
Tony Martin
Stef Clement
Vasil Kiryienka
Maciej Bodnar
Fabian Cancellara
Jan Barta
BREAKERS
Stephen Cummings
Cyril Gautier
Jan Bakelants
Andriy Grivko
Serge Pauwels
Tony Gallopin  
Thomas De Gendt
Adam Hansen
Cesare Benedetti
Romain Sicard

Provisonal Start List
AG2R La Mondiale
  Romain Bardet (Fra)
  Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita)
  Jan Bakelants (Bel)
  Alexis Gougeard (Fra)
  Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra)
  Mikael Cherel (Fra)
  Ben Gastauer (Lux)
  Samuel Dumoulin (Fra)
  Cyril Gautier (Fra)
Astana Pro Team
  Fabio Aru (Ita)
  Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)  
  Diego Rosa (Ita)
  Luis León Sánchez (Spa)
  Paolo Tiralongo (Ita)
  Andriy Grivko (Ukr)
  Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz)
  Jakob Fuglsang (Den)
  Tanel Kangert (Est)
BMC Racing Team
  Richie Porte (Aus)  
  Tejay Van Garderen (USA)  
  Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)
  Brent Bookwalter (USA)
  Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
  Damiano Caruso (Ita)
  Amaël Moinard (Fra)
  Rohan Dennis (Aus)
  Michael Schär (Swi)
Cannondale Pro Cycling
  Matti Breschel (Den)
  Lawson Craddock (USA)
  Alex Howes (USA)  
  Kristijan Koren (Slo)
  Sebastian Langeveld (Ned)
  Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) 
  Pierre Rolland (Fra)
  Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned)
  Dylan Van Baarle (Ned)
Dimension Data
  Natnael Berhane (Eri)
  Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)
  Mark Cavendish (GBr)
  Stephen Cummings (GBr)
  Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
  Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA)
  Serge Pauwels (Bel)
  Mark Renshaw (Aus)
  Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) 
Etixx - Quick-Step
  Marcel Kittel (Ger)
  Daniel Martin (Irl)  
  Tony Martin (Ger)
  Julian Alaphilippe (Fra)
  Fabio Sabatini (Ita)
  Maximiliano Richeze (Arg)
  Iljo Keisse (Bel)
  Petr Vakoc (Cze)
  Julien Vermote (Bel)
FDJ
  Thibaut Pinot (Fra)
  Arthur Vichot (Fra)
  Jérémy Roy (Fra)
  Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)
  Anthony Roux (Fra)
  William Bonnet (Fra)
  Steve Morabito (Swi)
  Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi)
  Cédric Pineau (Fra)
IAM Cycling
  Mathias Frank (Swi)
  Jarlinson Pantano (Col)
  Oliver Naesen (Bel)
  Sondre Holst Enger (Nor)
  Reto Hollenstein (Swi)
  Martin Elmiger (Swi)
  Stef Clement (Ned)
  Jerome Coppel (Fra)
  Dries Devenyns (Bel) Howard replaces Devenyns
Lampre - Merida
  Rui Costa (Por)  
  Louis Meintjes (RSA)
  Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn)
  Matteo Bono (Ita)
  Davide Cimolai (Ita)
  Kristijan Durasek (Cro)
  Tsgabu Grmay (Eth)
  Luka Pibernik (Slo)
  Jan Polanc (Slo)
Lotto Soudal
  André Greipel (Ger) 
  Tony Gallopin (Fra)
  Lars Ytting Bak (Den)
  Thomas De Gendt (Bel)
  Jens Debusschere (Bel)
  Adam Hansen (Aus)
  Greg Henderson (NZl)
  Jurgen Roelandts (Bel)
  Marcel Sieberg (Ger)
Movistar Team
  Nairo Quintana (Col)  
  Alejandro Valverde (Spa)
  Nelson Oliveira (Por) 
  Winner Anacona (Col)
  Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa)
  Gorka Izaguirre (Spa)
  Daniel Moreno (Spa)
  Jesus Herrada (Spa)
  Jon Izaguirre (Spa) 
Orica-GreenEdge
  Michael Matthews (Aus)
  Simon Gerrans (Aus)
  Adam Yates (GBr)
  Michael Albasini (Swi)
  Christopher Juul Jensen (Den)
  Daryl Impey (RSA)
  Luke Durbridge (Aus)
  Ruben Plaza (Spa)
  Mathew Hayman (Aus)
Team Giant-Alpecin
  John Degenkolb (Ger)  
  Tom Dumoulin (Ned)  
  Warren Barguil (Fra)  
  Roy Curvers (Ned)
  Simon Geschke (Ger)
  Georg Preidler (Aut)
  Laurens Ten Dam (Ned)
  Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned)
  Albert Timmer (Ned)
Team Katusha
  Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa)
  Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
  Alberto Losada (Spa)
  Angel Vicioso (Spa)
  Marco Haller (Aut)
  Michael Morkov (Den)
  Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel)
  Ilnur Zakarin (Rus)
  Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita)
Team LottoNl-Jumbo
  Wilco Kelderman (Ned)  
  George Bennett (NZl)
  Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) 
  Bertjan Lindeman (Ned)
  Paul Martens (Ger)
  Timo Roosen (Ned)
  Sep Vanmarcke (Bel)
  Robert Wagner (Ger)
  Maarten Wynants (Bel)
Team Sky
  Christopher Froome (GBr)
  Sergio Henao (Col)
  Vasil Kiryienka (Blr)
  Mikel Landa Meana (Spa)
  Mikel Nieve (Spa)  
  Wout Poels (Ned)
  Luke Rowe (GBr)
  Ian Stannard (GBr)
  Geraint Thomas (GBr)
Tinkoff Team
  Alberto Contador (Spa)  
  Peter Sagan (Svk)
  Roman Kreuziger (Cze)
  Maciej Bodnar (Pol)
  Robert Kiserlovski (Cro)
  Oscar Gatto (Ita)
  Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
  Michael Valgren (Den)
  Rafal Majka (Pol)
Trek-Segafredo
  Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
  Haimar Zubeldia (Spa)
  Bauke Mollema (Ned)
  Grégory Rast (Swi)
  Markel Irizar (Spa)
  Frank Schleck (Lux)
  Peter Stetina (USA)
  Jasper Stuyven (Bel)
  Edward Theuns (Bel)
Cofidis, Solutions Credits
  Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Nicolas Edet
  Borut Bozic (Slo)
  Cyril Lemoine (Fra)
  Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)
  Jerome Cousin (Fra)
  Christophe Laporte (Fra)
  Geoffrey Soupe (Fra)
  Luis Angel Mate (Spa)
  Daniel Navarro (Spa)
Bora-Argon 18
  Sam Bennett (Irl)
  Shane Archbold (NZl)
  Jan Barta (Cze)
  Cesare Benedetti (Ita)
  Emanuel Buchmann (Ger)
  Bartosz Huzarski (Pol)
  Patrick Konrad (Aut)
  Andreas Schillinger (Ger)
  Paul Voss (Ger)
Direct Energie
  Bryan Coquard (Fra)
  Thomas Voeckler (Fra)
  Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
  Romain Sicard (Fra)
  Antoine Duchesne (Can)
  Yohann Gene (Fra)
  Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra)
  Adrien Petit (Fra)
  Angelo Tulik (Fra)
Fortuneo - Vital Concept
  Eduardo Sepúlveda (Arg)
  Chris Anker Sörensen (Den)
  Florian Vachon (Fra)
  Anthony Delaplace (Fra)
  Vegard Breen (Nor)
  Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra)
  Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
  Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept
  Daniel Mclay (GBr) Fortuneo - Vital Concept