Astana, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ

Tour de France 2015 Start list

Cover: Astana, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
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ASTANA PRO TEAM / KAZ

Vincenzo Nibali, Astana, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Vincenzo Nibali, Astana, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Team leaders: Alexandr Shefer / Dmitriy Fofonov

1 – Vincenzo Nibali
2 – Lars Boom
3 – Jakob Fuglsang
4 – Andriy Grivko
5 – Dmitriy Gruzdev
6 – Tanel Kangert
7 – Michele Scarponi
8 – Rein Taaramäe
9 – Lieuwe Westra

AG2R La Mondiale / FRA

AG2R La Mondiale, Tour de France 2015
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Sports directors: Vincent Lavenu / Jurdie Julien

11 – Jean-Christophe Peraud
12 – Romain Bardet
13 – Jan Bakelants
14 – Mikael Cherel
15 – Ben Gastauer
16 – Damien Gaudin
17 – Christophe Riblon
18 – Johan Van Summeren
19 – Alexis Vuillermoz

FDJ / FRA

Thibaut Pinot, FDJ, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Thibaut Pinot, FDJ, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Thierry Bricaud / Yvon Madiot

21 – Thibaut Pinot
22 – William Bonnet
23 – Sébastien Chavanel
24 – Arnaud Demare
25 – Alexandre Geniez
26 – Matthieu Ladagnous
27 – Steve Morabito
28 – Jérémy Roy
29 – Benedict Vaugrenard

TEAM SKY / GBR

Team Sky, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
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Team leaders: Nicolas Portal / Servais Knaven

31 – Christopher Froome
32 – Peter Kennaugh
33 – Leopold Konig
34 – Wouter Poels
35 – Richie Porte
36 – Nicolas Roche
37 – Luke Rowe
38 – Ian Stannard
39 – Geraint Thomas

TINKOFF-SAX / RUS

Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation
Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Steven De Jongh / Sean Yates

41 – Alberto Contador
42 – Ivan Basso
43 – Daniele Bennati
44 – Roman Kreuziger
45 – Rafal Majka
46 – Michael Rogers
47 – Peter Sagan
48 – Matteo Tosatto
49 – Michael Valgren

MOVISTAR TEAM / ESP

Nairo Quintana, Movistar Team, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Nairo Quintana, Movistar Team, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Jose Luis Arrieta / Vicente Garcia Acosta

51 – Nairo Quintana
52 – Winner Anacona
53 – Jonathan Castroviejo
54 – Alex Dowsett
55 – Imanol Eerviti
56 – José Lopez Herrada
57 – Gorka Izaguirre Insausti
58 – Adriano Malori
59 – Alejandro Valverde

BMC RACING TEAM / USA

Damiano Caruso, Tejay Van Garderen, BMC Racing Team, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Damiano Caruso, Tejay Van Garderen, BMC Racing Team, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Yvon Ledanois / Maximilian Sciandri

61 – Tejay Van Garderen
62 – Damiano Caruso
63 – Rohan Dennis
64 – Daniel Oss
65 – Manuel Quinziato
66 – Samuel Sanchez
67 – Michael Schär
68 – Greg Van Avermaet
69 – Danilo Wyss

LOTTO-SOUDAL / BEL

Tony Gallopin, Lotto Soudal, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation
Tony Gallopin, Lotto Soudal, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Herman Frison / Bart Leysen

71 – Tony Gallopin
72 – Lars Bak
73 – Thomas De Gendt
74 – Jens Debusschere
75 – André Greipel
76 – Adam Hansen
77 – Gregory Henderson
78 – Marcel Sieberg
79 – Tim Wellens

André Greipel, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
André Greipel, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN / GER

John Degenkolb, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
John Degenkolb, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Marc Reef / Christian Guiberteau

81 – John Degenkolb
82 – Warren Barguil
83 – Roy Curvers
84 – Koen De Kort
85 – Tom Dumoulin
86 – Simon Geschke
87 – Preidler Georg
88 – Ramon Sinkeldam
89 – Albert Timmer

TEAM KATUSHA / RUS

Joaquim Rodriguez, Team Katusha, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation
Joaquim Rodriguez, Team Katusha, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: José Azevedo / Torsten Schmidt

91 – Joaquim Rodriguez
92 – Gianpaolo Caruso
93 – Jacopo Guarnieri
94 – Marco Haller
95 – Dmitry Kozontchuk
96 – Alexander Kristoff
97 – Alberto Losada
98 – Tiago Machado
99 – Luca Paolini

ORICA GreenEDGE / AUS

Simon Gerrans, Orica GreenEDGE, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation
Simon Gerrans, Orica GreenEDGE, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Team leaders: Matthew White / Laurenzo Lapage

101 – Simon Gerrans
102- Michael Albasini
103 – Luke Durbridge
104 – Daryl Impey
105 – Michael Matthews
106 – Svein Tuft
107 – Pieter Weening
108 – Adam Yates
109 – Simon Yates

Etixx-QUICK STEP / BEL

Mark Cavendish, Etixx-Quick Step, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Mark Cavendish, Etixx-Quick Step, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Brian Holm / Wilfried Peeters

111 – Michal Kwiatkowski
112 – Mark Cavendish
113 – Michal Golas
114 – Tony Martin
115 – Mark Renshaw
116 – Zdenek Stybar
117 – Matteo Trentin
118 – Rigoberto Uran
119 – Julien Vermote

TEAM EUROPCAR / FRA

Thomas Voeckler, Team Europcar, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation
Thomas Voeckler, Team Europcar, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Andy Flickinger / Lylian Lebreton

121- Pierre Rolland
122 – Bryan Coquard
123 – Cyril Gautier
124 – Yohann Gene
125 – Bryan Nauleau
126 – Perrig Quemeneur
127 – Romain Sicard
128 – Angelo Tulik
129 – Thomas Voeckler

LOTTO TEAM NL – JUMBO / NED

Robert Gesink, Wilco Kelderman, Lotto NL-Jumbo, Tour de France 2015 teams
Robert Gesink, Wilco Kelderman, Lotto NL-Jumbo, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Nico Verhoeven / Frans Maassen

131 – Robert Gesink
132 – Wilco Kelderman
133 – Steven Kruijswijk
134 – Thomas Leezer
135 – Paul Martens
136 – Bram Tankink
137 – Laurens Ten Dam
138 – Jos Van Emden
139 – Sep Vanmarcke

TREK FACTORY RACING / USA

Fabian Cancellara, Trek Factory Racing, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Fabian Cancellara, Trek Factory Racing, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Kim Andersen / Alain Gallopin

141 – Bauke Mollema
142 – Julian Arrendondo
143 – Fabian Cancellara
144 – Stijn Devolder
145 – Laurent Didier
146 – Markel Irizar
147 – Bob Jungels
148 – Gregory Rast
149 – Haimar Zubeldia

LAMPRE – MERIDA / ITA

Rui Costa, Lampre-Merida, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation
Rui Costa, Lampre-Merida, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Philippe Mauduit / Simone Pedrazzini

151 – Rui Costa
152 – Matteo Bono
153 – Davide Cimolai
154 – Kristijan Durasek
155 – Nelson Oliveira
156 – Ruben Plaza Molina
157 – Filippo Pozzato
158 – Jose Serpa
159 – Rafael Valls

Lampre-Merida, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Lampre-Merida, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

CANNONDALE – GARMIN / USA

Ryder Hesjedal, Team Cannondale-Garmin
Ryder Hesjedal, Team Cannondale-Garmin, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Charles Wegelius / Robert Hunter

161 – Andrew Talansky
162 – Jack Bauer
163 – Nathan Haas
164 – Ryder Hesjedal
165 – Kristijan Koren
166 – Sebastian Langeveld
167 – Daniel Martin
168 – Ramunas Navardauskas
169 – Dylan Van Baarle

COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS / FRA

Cofidis Solutions Credits, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation
Cofidis Solutions Credits, Tour de France 2015 teams presentation Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Didier Rous / Stephane Auge

171 – Nacer Bouhanni
172 – Nicolas Edet
173 – Christophe Laporte
174 – Luis Angel Mate Mardones
175 – Daniel Garcia Navarro
176 – Florian Senechal
177 – Julien Simon
178 – Geoffrey Soup
179 – Kenneth Van Bilsen

IAM CYCLING / SUI

IAM Cycling, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
IAM Cycling, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Mario Chisa / Eddy Lord

181 – Mathias Frank
182 – Matthias Brändle
183 – Sylvain Chavanel
184 – Stef Clement
185 – Jerome Coppel
186 – Martin Elmiger
187 – Reto Hollenstein
188 – Jarlinson Pantano
189 – Marcel Wyss

BORA-ARGON 18 / GER

Bora-Argon 18, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Bora-Argon 18, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Enrico Poitschke / Christian Pomer

191 – Dominik Nerz
192 – Jan Barta
193 – Sam Bennett
194 – Emanuel Buchmann
195 – Dempster Zakkari
196 – Bartosz Huzarski
197 – José Mendes
198 – Andreas Schillinger
199 – Paul Voss

BRETAGNE – SECHE ENVIRONNEMENT / FRA

Bretagne-Séché Environnement, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Bretagne-Séché Environnement, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Emmanuel Hubert / Roger Trehin

201 – Eduardo Sepulveda
202 – Fréderic Brown
203 – Anthony Delaplace
204 – Pierrick Fedrigo
205 – Brice Feillu
206 – Armindo Fonseca
207 – Arnaud Gerard
208 – Pierre-Luc Perichon
209 – Florian Vachon

MTN-Qhubeka / RSA

Tyler Farrar, MTN-Qhubeka, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Tyler Farrar, MTN-Qhubeka, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Sports directors: Jens Zemke / Alex Sans Vega

211 – Edvald Boasson Hagen
212 – Stephen Cummings
213 – Tyler Farrar
214 – Jacques Janse van Rensburg
215 – Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
216 – Kudus Ghebremedhin Merhawi
217 – Louis Meintjes
218 – Serge Pauwels
219 – Daniel Teklehaimanot

Brian Cookson, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Brian Cookson, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Bernard Hinault, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ
Bernard Hinault, Tour de France 2015, Grand Départ Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Ramon Sinkeldam, Georg Preidler, Koen de Kort, Simon Geschke, Tom Dumoulin, John Degenkolb, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015

Team Giant-Alpecin: “We are a strong team that can do more than sprint.”

Cover: Ramon Sinkeldam, Georg Preidler, Koen de Kort, Simon Geschke, Tom Dumoulin, John Degenkolb, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull


In the shadow of the beautiful Dom Tower in Utrecht, Team Giant-Alpecin presented their Tour de France team on Wednesday morning inside the Cathedral of Saint Martin.

Dom Tower in Utrecht, Tour de France 2015
Dom Tower in Utrecht, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

The team, consisting of Warren Barguil (FRA), Roy Curvers (NED), John Degenkolb (GER), Tom Dumoulin (NED), Simon Geschke (GER), Koen de Kort (NED), Georg Preidler (AUT), Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) and Albert Timmer (NED), expressed their enthusiasm as the Grand Depart approaches.

John Degenkolb, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015
John Degenkolb, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Kim Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Coming off great spring results with both Milano-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix victories, there is much anticipation surrounding John Degenkolb and the stage 4 cobbles. Addressing this, Degenkolb stated:

I think we have a lot of opportunities and not just one stage. It would not be wise to only focus on one stage. I think we should go flexible into the Tour and should be prepared for every scenario.”

John Degenkolb, Tom Dumoulin, Simon Geschke, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015
John Degenkolb, Tom Dumoulin, Simon Geschke, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

The obvious omission from the team is star sprinter, Marcel Kittel, who had a disappointing spring and then caught a virus from which he has not returned to top form, resulting in his exclusion from the Tour team.

Albert Timmer, Ramon Sinkeldam, Georg Preidler, Koen de Kort, Simon Geschke, Tom Dumoulin, John Degenkolb, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015
Albert Timmer, Ramon Sinkeldam, Georg Preidler, Koen de Kort, Simon Geschke, Tom Dumoulin, John Degenkolb, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

As the team heads toward the race start and three weeks covering over 3,000km, the Team Giant-Alpecin coaching staff addressed the Kittel issue by simply stating:

We are a strong team that can do more than sprint.”

Adam Hansen, André Greipel, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015

Lotto Soudal talks delivering Greipel to the line & more

Cover: Adam Hansen, André Greipel, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull


Lotto Soudal kicked off the Tour de France team presentations to be held this week, holding theirs at home in Antwerpen on Tuesday afternoon.

Each of the riders commented on the Tour and their role with the team, which is strongly focused on delivering André Greipel to victory on the sprint stages.

Greg Henderson, Adam Hansen, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015
Greg Henderson, Adam Hansen, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Discussing on his job at the 200-meter mark, Greg Henderson brought insight to the critical time and the difficulty in doing so…

Everyone can be at the front at 5 or 6km out but, when we decide now’s the time to go and on what side of the road that we’re going, then it actually becomes not a bad job. It’s a straight line. It’s 60 km/hr and nobody can move.

In the area leading up to that, it’s very stressful and it’s very hard to keep it. You know, you see it on TV and you see 5 or 6 guys all in a line and think this looks easy, but to actually keep 5 or 6 guys in one place on one side of the road, it’s very difficult.”

André Greipel, Greg Henderson, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015
André Greipel, Greg Henderson, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Marcel Sieberg explained the value of experience in the lead out…

Like Hendy (Greg Henderson) said, the last 10km is really important.

You have communication, but I think over the years we don’t so much need to communicate in the final – it’s a feeling we have over the years – how to react and how to ride.

With Lars Bak and Hendy already a few years together and André – you react automatically in this situation.”

André Greipel, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015
André Greipel, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

André Greipel talked the importance of team trust and support…

I think before the start of the Tour, we are a strong team on paper, we just have to bring it on the bikes and to the finish line.

At the end, just 10 minutes before, I just need to look good. It’s not about me, it’s about the whole team.

The point is to get to the 200 or 250 meter mark and be able to sprint. I have a good team to support me there and when I see the banner at the end, I hope I can always find some power.”

Thomas De Gendt, Adam Hansen, Lars Bak, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015
Thomas De Gendt, Adam Hansen, Lars Bak, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Lotto Soudal 2015 Tour de France team roster

Lars Bak

16/01/1980, Pro since 2002, 1m90 – 76 kg, 5th Tour

Lars Bak, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015
Lars Bak, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Thomas De Gendt

06/11/1986, Pro since 2009, 1m79 – 68 kg, 3rd Tour
Twitter: @DeGendtThomas

Jens Debusschere

28/08/1989, Pro since 2011, 1m83 – 78 kg, 1st Tour
Twitter: @jensdebus

Tony Gallopin

24/05/1988, Pro since 2010, 1m80 – 70 kg, 5th Tour
Twitter: @tonygallopin

Tony Gallopin, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015
Tony Gallopin, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

André Greipel

16/07/1982, Pro since 2005, 1m84 – 82 kg, 5th Tour
Twitter: @AndreGreipel

André Greipel, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015
André Greipel, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Adam Hansen

11/05/1981, Pro since 2007, 1m86 – 77 kg, 6th Tour
Twitter: @HansenAdam

Adam Hansen, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015
Adam Hansen, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Greg Henderson

10/09/1976, Pro since 2002, 1m81 – 72.5 kg, 4th Tour
Twitter: @Greghenderson1

Marcel Sieberg

30/04/1982, Pro since 2005, 1m98 – 82 kg, 6th Tour
Twitter: @MarcelSieberg

Tim Wellens

10/05/1991, Pro since 2012, 1m83 – 65 kg, 1st Tour
Twitter: @Tim_Wellens

André Greipel, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015
André Greipel, Lotto-Soudal, Tour de France 2015 Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media

Lotto Soudal Staff at the Tour

General manager: Marc Sergeant
Sports directors: Herman Frison, Bart Leysen and Frederik Willems
Doctor: Jan Mathieu
Physiotherapist: Tim Aerts
Soigneurs: Franky De Buyst, Vincent Monserez, Raoul Saren, Hans Van Hout and Kurt Wouters
Mechanics: Jean-Pierre Christiaens, Frederik Moons, Steven Van Olmen and Jeanick Verstraete
Bus driver: Mario Meeuwssen
Press and PR: Arne Houtekier
Cooks: Carol De Dobbelaere and Guillaume Barbier
Mental coach: Nathan Kahan