Introducing this years squads: the leaders, the heritage and the names to watch out for
Ag2r La Mondiale( France; UCI ranking 11)
Twenty years ago Ag2r were a little known sponsor of a small regional squad but nowadays they are part of the Tour de France scenery, and to mark two decades of commitment and steady progression theyd love to take simply one more upward step. They dont do corporate statements or anything remotely trendy but show them a mound or two and theyre off in search of glory. A squad that realises the fans come to be entertained and thats what they offer by being present in all the classifications, green jersey excepted. The clash of colourings would be horrendous so lets keep it authentic.
Founded 1992 Bicycles Factor Manager Laurent Biondi
Tours de France 23 Tour wins 0 Stage victories 16 Green jerseys 0 King of the Mountains 0 Days in amber 16
Name means An amalgamation of two different fiscal firms, AG2R and La Mondiale.
Tour heritage Second-place finishes for Jean-Christophe Praud in 2014 and Romain Bardet last year are the finest accomplishments so far of the oldest French team, competing in its 21 st consecutive Tour.
Team leader Romain Bardet( Fr ). Second last year after an epic Alpine raid hes been slowly building and maturing into a potential Grand tour winner. Will do something spectacular or go down trying.