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Tour de France: Provisional start list

Bradley Wiggins spearheads Team Sky’s nine-man line-up

Five Brits – Bradley Wiggins, Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift, Mark Cavendish and David Millar –  feature on the provisional start list for the 2011 Tour de France.

Wiggins will lead Team Sky and heads to the Tour, which starts on Saturday, in fine form, having won the overall at the Critérium du Dauphiné earlier this month before taking his first national road race title at the weekend.

Thomas, who wore the white young rider’s jersey for four stages last year, and Swift, riding his first Tour, will support Wiggins. Edvald Boasson Hagen, Rigoberto Urán, Juan Antonio Flecha, Xabier Zandio, Christian Knees and Simon Gerrans complete the Sky line-up.

Manx Missile Cavendish heads HTC-Highroad’s nine-man roster, looking to add to his 15 Tour de France stage victories, while German Tony Martin will fly the flag in the general classification.

Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) is the final Brit set to ride this year’s Tour and already has a Grand Tour stage win to his name this year, with victory in the final time trial at the Giro d’Italia, where he also became the first British rider to wear all three Grand Tour leader’s jerseys.

Now, with the provisional Tour de France start list announced, you can begin to tweak your RCUK Trek Fantasy Tour de France team.

Our game lets you splash a €65 million budget on nine riders, with a Trek Madone 5.2 worth £2,800 up for grabs as top prize. Head to www.rcukfantasytourdefrance.com to enter.

Provisional Tour de France start list

Ag2r La Mondiale
Maxime Bouet (FRA), Hubert Dupont (FRA), Sebastien Hinault (FRA), Blel Kadri (FRA), Sebastien Minard (FRA), Jean-Christophe Peraud (FRA), Christophe Riblon (FRA), Nicolas Roche (IRL)

Astana
Remy Di Gregorio (FRA), Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ), Andriy Grivko (UKR), Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ), Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Tomas Vaitkus (LTU), Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ), Andrey Zeits (KAZ)

BMC Racing
Brent Bookwalter (USA), Marcus Burghardt (GER), Cadel Evans (AUS), George Hincapie (USA), Amael Moinard (FRA), Steve Morabito (SWI), Ivan Santaromita (ITA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schar (SWI)

Cofidis
Mickael Buffaz (SWI), Samuel Dumoulin (FRA), Leonardo Duque (COL), Julien El Fares (FRA), Tony Gallopin (FRA), David Moncoutie (FRA), Rein Taaramae (EST), Tristan Valentin (FRA), Romain Zingle (BEL)

Europcar
Anthony Charteau (FRA), Cyril GAUTier (FRA), Yohann Gene (FRA), Vincent Jerome (FRA), Christophe Kern (FRA), Perrig Quemeneur (FRA) ,Pierre Rolland (FRA), Sebastien Turgot (FRA), Thomas Voeckler (FRA)

Euskaltel-Euskadi
Gorka Izagirre (SPA), Egoi Martinez (SPA), Alan Perez (SPA) ,Ruben Perez (SPA) ,Samuel Sanchez (SPA), Amets Txurruka (SPA), Pablo Urtasun (SPA), Ivan Velasco (SPA) ,Gorka Verdugo (SPA)

FDJ
William Bonnet (FRA), Sandy Casar (FRA) ,Mickael Delage (FRA) ,Arnold Jeannesson (FRA), Gianni Meersman (BEL), Rémi Pauriol (FRA), Anthony Roux (FRA), Jeremy Roy (FRA), Arthur Vichot (FRA)

Garmin-Cervelo
Tom Danielson (USA), Julian Dean (NZ) , Tyler Farrar (USA), Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Thor Hushovd (NOR), David Millar (GBR), Johan Van Summeren (BEL), Christian Vande Velde (USA), David Zabriskie (USA)

HTC-Highroad
Mark Cavendish (GBR), Matt Goss (AUS), Mark Renshaw (AUS), Bernhard Eisel (AUT) ,Tony Martin (GER), Peter Velits (SLO), Tejay Van Garderen (USA), Lars Bak (DEN), Danny Pate (USA)

Katusha
Pavel Brutt (RUS), Denis Galimzyanov (RUS), Vladimir Gusev (RUS), Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS), Vladimir Isaychev (RUS), Vladimir Karpets (RUS), Alexandr Kolobnev (RUS), Egor Silin (RUS), Yuriy Trofimov (RUS)

Lampre-ISD
Leonardo Bertagnolli (ITA), Grega Bole (SLO), Matteo Bono (ITA), Damiano Cunego (ITA), Danilo Hondo (GER), Denys Kostyuk (UKR), David Loosli (SWI), Adriano Malori (ITA), Alessandro Petacchi (ITA)

Leopard-Trek
Andy Schleck (LUX), Frank Schleck (LUX), Fabian Cancellara (SWI), Joost Posthuma (NED), Linus Gerdemann (GER), Maxime Monfort (BEL), Jakob Fuglsang (DEN), Jens Voigt (GER), Stuart O’Grady (AUS)

Liquigas-Cannondale
Ivan Basso (ITA), Maciej Bodnar (POL), Kristijan Koren (SLO), Paolo Longo Borghini (ITA), Daniel Oss (ITA), Maciej Paterski (POL), Fabio Sabatini (ITA), Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Alessandro Vanotti (ITA)

Movistar
Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (SPA0, Vasili Kiryienka (BLR), Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (SPA), Jose, Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (SPA), David Arroyo Duran (SPA), Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (POR), Branislau Samoilau (BLR), Imanol Erviti Ollo (SPA) ,Francisco Jose Ventoso Alberdi (SPA)

Omega Pharma-Lotto
Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Andre Greipel (GER), Sebastian Lang (GER), Jurgen Roelandts (BEL), Marcel Sieberg (GER), Jurgen Van DEN Broeck (BEL), Jurgen Van de Walle (BEL), Jelle Vanendert (BEL), Frederik Willems (BEL)

Quick-Step
Tom Boonen (BEL), Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Gerald Ciolek (GER), Kevin De Weert (BEL), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Addy Engels (NED), Jerome Pineau (FRA), Gert Steegmans (BEL), Niki Terpstra (NED)

Rabobank
Carlos Barredo (SPA), Lars Boom (NED), Juan Manuel Garate (SPA), Robert Gesink (NED), Bauke Mollema (NED), Grischa Niermann (GER), Laurens Ten Dam (NED), Maarten Tjallingii (NED), Luis Leon Sanchez (SPA)

Radioshack
Janez Brajkovic (SLO), Chris Horner (USA), Markel Irizar (SPA), Andrea Kloden (GER), Levi Leipheimer (USA), Dmitriy Muravyev (KAZ), Sergio Paulinho (Por), Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Haimar Zubeldia (SPA)

Saur-Sojasun
Jerome Coppel (FRA), Anthony Delaplace (FRA), Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA), Arnaud Coyot (FRA), Jeremy Galland (FRA), Jonathan Hivert (FRA), Fabrice Jeandesboz (FRA) ,Laurent Mangel (FRA), Yannick Talabardon (FRA)

Saxo Bank-Sungard
Alberto Contador (SPA), Jesus Hernandez (SPA), Dani Navarro (SPA), Benjamin Noval (SPA), Richie Porte (AUS), Chris Anker Sorensen (DEN), Nicki Sorensen (DEN), Matteo Tosatto (ITA), Brian Vandborg (DEN)

Sky Pro Cycling
Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR), Juan Antonio Flecha (SPA) ,Simon Gerrans (AUS), Christian Knees (GER), Ben SWIft (GBR), Geraint Thomas (GBR), Rigoberto Uran (COL), Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Xabier Zandio (SPA)

Vacansoleil-DCM
Romain Feillu (FRA), Thomas De Gendt (BEL), Borut Bozic (SLO), Bjorn Leukemans (BEL), Johnny Hoogerland (NED), Rob Ruijgh (NED), Lieuwe Westra (NED), Wout Poels (NED), Marco Marcato (ITA)

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