Recently crowned French national champion Thomas Voeckler will lead Bouygues Telecom while Cofidis brings a squad full of stage-hunters.
Voeckler won his second French title on Sunday and he’s hoping he’ll have a similar kind of Tour as he did after he won it the first time in 2004. He later wore the maillot jaune for 10 days in a daring defense that went into the Pyrénées.
Joining him will be Pierrick Fédrigo, winner of the Critérium International this year and a candidate for the top-10 and a stage victory. Also back will be Japanese attacker Yukiya Arashiro, hoping to earn Japan’s first stage-win at the Tour.
Cofidis, meanwhile, will ride without veteran David Moncoutie, who will participate in the Vuelta a España instead.
Remi Moinard will be hoping for a top-10 overall while the likes of Rein Taaramae and Julien El Fares will be looking to win out of breakaways. Samuel Dumoulin will play his card in the bunch sprints.
Bouygues Telecom for Tour de France: Thomas Voeckler, Pierrick Fédrigo, Pierre Rolland, Cyril Gautier, Nicolas Vogondy, Matthieu Sprick, Anthony Charteau, Sebástien Turgoot (all FRA); Yukiya Arashiro (JPN).
Cofidis for Tour de France: Stéphane Auge, Samuel Dumoulin, Christophe Kern, Julien El Fares, Amael Moinard, Sebastien Minard, Damien Monier, Remi Pauriol (all FRA); Rein Taaramae (EST).