A Highly Visual Reference for the Tour de France

colorful pelotonOne of the things that prevents cycling from reaching a broader audience in the US, in my humble opinion, is the fact that it’s tough to keep track of all of the major players, especially in a Grand Tour like the one starting on Saturday. American sports, much like the American ethic in general, are centered around flashes of individual greatness — the quarterback, the running back, the pitcher, the home run bomber — and as such, team-oriented sports like soccer and cycling have no chance in hell of going mainstream, save for some sort of socialist/communist revolution.

The ironic thing is that professional cycling is full of individual heroics, but the fact that it comes in rarer flashes, after hours of riding in a tightly compressed, seemingly anonymous pack, leaves many people bored as hell. A person can only ask “Where’s Lance?” so many times before flipping over to the baseball game for good, where there are only two teams and pronouncable names on the back of each jersey.

In an effort to counter boredom-by-confusion, Bike Scene proudly presents a visual reference of all the teams competing in the 2009 Tour de France, so you can easily follow the teams and know who you’re yelling at.

[the complete list after the jump]

The list includes jersey numbers and rider nationality, as found on VeloNews. Asterisks have been placed next to the names of the team leaders, expected GC contenders or riders to watch. Without further adieu:

TeamAG2R_2008Ag2r-La Mondiale (France)

Manager: Vincent LAVENU
81. Vladimir Efimkin (RUS)
82. Jose Luis Arrieta (ESP)
83. Cyril Dessel (FRA)
84. Hubert Dupont (FRA)
85. Stéphane Goubert (FRA)
86. Lloyd Mondory (FRA)
87. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA)
88. Christophe Riblon (FRA)
89. Nicolas Roche (IRL)



Agritubel (France)

Manager: David FORNES
171. Christophe Moreau (FRA)*
172. Maxime Bouet (FRA)
173. Sylvain Calzati (FRA)
174. Brice Feillu (FRA)
175. Romain Feillu (FRA)
176. Eduardo Gonzalo (ESP)
177. David Le Lay (FRA)
178. Geoffroy Lequatre (FRA)
179. Nicolas Vogondy (FRA)



Astana (Kazakhstan)

Manager: Johan BRUYNEEL
21. Alberto Contador (ESP)*
22. Lance Armstrong (USA)*
23. Andreas Klöden (GER)
24. Levi Leipheimer (USA)*
25. Dmitriy Muravyev (KAZ)
26. Sergio Paulinho (POR)
27. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR)
28. Gregory Rast (SUI)
29. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP)


BBox_Bouygues_TelecomBbox Bouygues Telecom (France)

Manager: Jean-René BERNAUDEAU
141. Thomas Voeckler (FRA)*
142. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN)
143. William Bonnet (FRA)
144. Pierrick Fédrigo (FRA)
145. Saîd Haddou (FRA)
146. Laurent Lefvre (FRA)
147. Alexandre Pichot (FRA)
148. Pierre Rolland (FRA)
149. Yury Trofimov (RUS)



Caisse D’Epargne (Spain)

Manager: José-Miguel ECHAVARRI
111. Oscar Pereiro (ESP)*
112. David Arroyo (ESP)
113. Rui Costa (POR)
114. Arnaud Coyot (FRA)
115. Ivan Gutierrez (ESP)
116. Luis Pasamontes (ESP)
117. José Joaquin Rojas (ESP)
118. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP)
119. Rigoberto Uran (COL)



Cervelo TestTeam (Switzerland)

Manager: Theo MAUCHER
1. Carlos Sastre (ESP)*
2. Inigo Cuesta (ESP)
3. José Angel Gomez Marchante (ESP)
4. Volodymyr Gustov (UKR)
5. Heinrich Haussler (GER)
6. Thor Hushovd (NOR)
7. Andreas Klier (GER)
8. Brett Lancaster (AUS)
9. Hayden Roulston (NZL)



Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne (France)

Manager: Éric BOYER
121. David Moncoutié (FRA)*
122. Stéphane Augé (FRA)
123. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA)
124. Leonardo Duque (COL)
125. Bingen Fernandez (ESP)
126. Christophe Kern (FRA)
127. Sébastien Minard (FRA)
128. Ama‘l Moinard (FRA)
129. Rémi Pauriol (FRA)


EUSKALTELEUSKADIEuskaltel-Euskadi (Spain)

Manager: Miguel MADARIAGA
61. Mikel Astarloza (ESP)*
62. Igor Anton (ESP)
63. Koldo Fernandez (ESP)
64. Egoi Martinez (ESP)
65. Juan José Oroz (ESP)
66. Alan Pérez (ESP)
67. Ruben Pérez (ESP)
68. Amets Txurruka (ESP)
69. Gorka Verdugo (ESP)


fdjeux07Francaise Des Jeux (France)

Manager: Marc MADIOT
101. Sandy Casar (FRA)*
102. Jérôme Coppel (FRA)
103. Anthony Geslin (FRA)
104. Yauheni Hutarovitch (BLR)
105. Sébastien Joly (FRA)
106. Christophe Le Mével (FRA)
107. Jérémy Roy (FRA)
108. Benoît Vaugrenard (FRA)
109. Jussi Veikkanen (FIN)



Garmin-Slipstream (United States)

Manager: Jonathan VAUGHTERS
51. Christian Vande Velde (USA)*
52. Julian Dean (NZL)
53. Tyler Farrar (USA)*
54. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN)
55. Martijn Maaskant (NED)
56. David Millar (GBR)*
57. Danny Pate (USA)
58. Bradley Wiggins (GBR)
59. David Zabriskie (USA)


Lampre-Fondital_Jersey_2007_Tour_de_FranceLampre – N.G.C. (Italy)

Manager: Fabrizio Bontempi
131. Alessandro Ballan (ITA)*
132. Marco Bandiera (ITA)
133. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA)
134. Angelo Furlan (ITA)
135. David Loosli (SUI)
136. Daniele Righi (ITA)
137. Mauro Santambrogio (ITA)
138. Marcin Sapa (POL)
139. Simon Spilak (SLO)


TeamLiquigas_2008Liquigas (Italy)

Manager: Roberto, AMADIO – VeloNews article
91. Franco Pellizotti (ITA)
92. Daniele Bennati (ITA)
93. Roman Kreuziger (CZE)*
94. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (BLR)
95. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)*
96. Fabio Sabatini (ITA)
97. Brian Vandborg (DEN)
98. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA)
99. Frederik Willems (BEL)


Quick_StepQuick Step (Belgium)

Manager: Patrick LEFÉVÈRE
151. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA)
152. Carlos Barredo (ESP)
153. Allan Davis (AUS)
154. Steven De Jongh (NED)
155. Stijn Devolder (BEL)
156. Jérôme Pineau (FRA)
157. Sébastien Rosseler (BEL)
158. Matteo Tosatto (ITA)
159. Jurgen Van De Walle (BEL)



Rabobank (Netherlands)

Manager: Harold KNEBEL
41. Denis Menchov (RUS)*
42. Stef Clement (NED)
43. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP)
44. Oscar Freire (ESP)
45. Juan Manuel Garate (ESP)
46. Robert Gesink (NED)
47. Grischa Niermann (GER)
48. Joost Posthuma (NED)
49. Laurens ten Dam (NED)


silence-lottoSilence-Lotto (Belgium)

Manager: Marc SERGEANT
11. Cadel Evans (AUS)*
12. Micka‘l Delage (FRA)
13. Sebastian Lang (GER)
14. Matthew Lloyd (AUS)
15. Staf Scheirlinckx (BEL)
16. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)
17. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL)
18. Johan Vansummeren (BEL)
19. Charles Wegelius (GBR)


skil shimanoSkil-Shimano (Netherlands)

191. Cyril Lemoine (FRA)
192. Fumiyuki Beppu (JPN)
193. Koen De Kort (NED)
194. Simon Geschke (GER)
195. Jonathan Hivert (FRA)
196. Thierry Hupond (FRA)
197. Piet Rooijakkers (NED)
198. Albert Timmer (NED)
199. Kenny van Hummel (NED)


columbia highroadTeam Columbia-Highroad (United States)

Manager: Bob STAPLETON
71. Mark Cavendish (GBR)*
72. Bernhard Eisel (AUT)
73. Bert Grabsch (GER)
74. George Hincapie (USA)
75. Kim Kirchen (LUX)*
76. Tony Martin (GER)
77. Maxime Monfort (BEL)*
78. Mark Renshaw (AUS)
79. Michael Rogers (AUS)*


KatushaTeam Katusha (Russia)

Manager: Stefano FELTRIN
161. Vladimir Karpets (RUS)*
162. Alexandre Botcharov (RUS)
163. Joan Horrach (ESP)
164. Mikhail Ignatiev (RUS)
165. Serguei Ivanov (RUS)
166. Danilo Napolitano (ITA)
167. Filippo Pozzato (ITA)*
168. Nikolai Trusov (RUS)
169. Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL)


Milram_Jersey_2007_Tour_de_FranceTeam Milram (Germany)

Manager: Gerry VAN GERWEN
181. Linus Gerdemann (GER)*
182. Gerald Ciolek (GER)*
183. Markus Fothen (GER)
184. Johannes Frøhlinger (GER)
185. Christian Knees (GER)
186. Niki Terpstra (NED)
187. Peter Velits (SVK)
188. Fabian Wegmann (GER)
189. Peter Wrolich (AUT)


Saxo_BankTeam Saxo Bank (Denmark)

Manager: Bjarne RIIS
31. Andy Schleck (LUX)*
32. Kurt-Asle Arvesen (NOR)
33. Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
34. Gustav Larsson (SWE)
35. Stuart O’Grady (AUS)
36. Frank Schleck (LUX)*
37. Chris Sørensen (DEN)
38. Nicki Sørensen (DEN)
39. Jens Voigt (GER)


[2009 Tour de France Start List – VeloNews]


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