|A bike race is definitely in town when these team cars and buses roll in. Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer® click to enlarge|
Each of the 22 teams will have 9 riders, adding up to the traditional super big peloton of 198 riders and making getting a hotel room anywhere near a stage start nearly impossible. Below I have linked up each team's name with the corresponding ProCycling Stats page (great site!), the source for more information, team jerseys, riders, analysis and statistics.
WorldTour teams for the 2014 TDF
AG2R LA MONDIALE (Fra)
ASTANA PRO TEAM (Kaz)
BELKIN-PRO CYCLING TEAM (Ned)
BMC RACING TEAM (USA)
CANNONDALE PRO CYCLING (Ita)
EQUIPE CYCLISTE FDJ.FR (Fra)
GARMIN - SHARP (USA)
TEAM KATUSHA TEAM (Rus)
LAMPRE - MERIDA (Ita)
LOTTO BELISOL TEAM (Bel)
MOVISTAR TEAM (Spa)
OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP (Bel)
ORICA GREENEDGE (Aus)
TEAM EUROPCAR (Fra)
TEAM GIANT-SHIMANO (Ned)
TEAM SKY (GBr)
TREK FACTORY RACING (USA)
Wildcard teams for the 2014 TDF
BRETAGNE- SéCHé ENVIRONNEMENT (Fra)
COFIDIS SOLUTIONS CRéDITS (Fra)
IAM CYCLING (Sui) Sylvain Chavannel!
Team Netapp - Endura (Ger)
My review of the route and climbs of the 2014 Tour de France, here: Route of the 2014 Tour de France. If the riders cover 3,656 kilometres in 23 days, think how far these team buses and team cars drive to get to the start and stop villages, to hotels, to feed stations, and pick up supplies. The teams cover big total mileage every year.
|22 teams, 198 riders have to ride 21 stages and 3,656 kilometres in 2014|
I always get excited driving down the road with the team buses heading in the same direction to the next start village. To me it has become a wonderful symbol of chasing a tour.
|Well if you have to get stuck in traffic on the autoroute transferring between stages, you might as well be entertained in the midst of the team buses. At the Tour de France, Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®|
|Follow that van and it will lead you to riders training up on the cobbles. The atmosphere approaching any race day is so fun. The day before Ronde van Vlaanderen, Photo by Karen Rakestraw at Pedal Dancer®|
Update: Chris Horner was confirmed as signing to Lampre-Merida. Photo for the Day - Chris Horner. Read the news from today: Lampre confirms signing of Chris Horner for 2014 season.
How much will Horner make at Lampre-Merida? Well that remains to be seen because he and his non-official spokesman Baden Cooke designed a contract heavy with bonuses. Which means the better the 42-year old races, the more money he will make. Awesome idea I told my brother in our morning conversation today, "Probably something they should require of more riders, like Andy Schleck for starters." Sorry Andy, but performance based models make sense in a world of get your World Champion victory or Grand Tour podium and rush to sign a four-year contract, then answer one hundred thousand interview questions about the big come-back so your salary makes sense. Chris Horner has motivation.