Tour de France, 2012: 22 teams, 198 riders, complete rosters

Tour de France stage start, 2011. Image © James Raia

The 2012 Tour de France, the 99th edition, begins Saturday June 30 in Liege, Belgium with a field of 198 riders representing 22 teams.

Defending titlist Cadel Evans (BMC) of Australia, Giro d’Italia winner Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) of Canada, Robert Gesink (Rabobank) of Holland, the recent Tour of California winner and American Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) of Santa Rosa, Calif., a four-time top-10 finisher, are among the overall title contenders.

Teams seem to submit their rosters later each year, with some squads this year announcing their nine-rider rosters a few days before the start of the prologue — the short launch of the 2,163-mile, 21-day race.

Eight Americans representing four teams will compete in the Tour de France this year, two fewer than in 2011.

Here are the team rosters as of 6/26/2012:

AG2R-La Mondiale

Maxime Bouet (FRA), Mickaél Chérel (FRA), Hubert Dupont (FRA), Blel Kadri (FRA), Sébastien Minard (FRA), Lloyd Mondory (FRA), Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA), Christophe Riblon (FRA), Nicolas Roche (IRL)

Argos-Shimano

Roy Curvers (NED), Koen de Kort (NED), Johannes Froehlinger (GER), Patrick Gretsch (GER), Yann Huguet (FRA), Marcel Kittel (GER), Matthieu Sprick (FRA), Albert Timmer (NED), Tom Veelers (NED)

Astana
Janez Brajkovic (SLO), Borut Bozic (SLO), Dmitry Fofonov (KAZ), Andriy Grivko (UKR), Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ), Andrey Kashechkin (KAZ), Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE), Robert Kiserlovski (CRO), Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ)

BMC

Marcus Burghardt (GER), Steve Cummings (GBR), Cadel Evans (AUS), Philippe Gilbert (BEL), George Hincapie (USA), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Tejay van Garderen (USA)

Team Cofidis bikes ready for their riders. Image © James Raia

Cofidis
Jérôme Coppel (FRA), Anthony Delaplace (FRA), Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA), Brice Feillu (FRA), Fabrice Jeandesboz (FRA), Cyril Lemoine (FRA), Guillaume Levarlet (FRA), Jean-Marc Marino (FRA), Julien Simon (FRA)

Europcar
Thomas Voeckler (FRA), Pierre Rolland (FRA), Christophe Kern (FRA), Cyril Gautier (FRA), Yukiya Arashiro (JAP), Giovanni Bernaudeau (FRA), Yohann Gène (FRA), Vincent Jérôme (FRA), Davide Malacarne (ITA)

Euskaltel-Euskadi

Egoi Martinez (SPA), Samuel Sánchez (SPA), Gorka Verdugo (SPA), Mikel Astarloza (SPA), Ruben Perez (SPA), Pablo Urtasun (SPA), Gorka Izagirre (SPA) Jorge Azanza (SPA), Amets Txurruka (SPA)

FDJ-BigMat

Sandy Casar (FRA), Pierrick Fédrigo (FRA), Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR), Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA), Cedric Pineau (FRA), Thibaut Pinot (FRA), Anthony Roux (FRA), Jérémy Roy (FRA), Arthur Vichot (FRA)

Sponsor cars all lined up on the Champs Elysees waiting for the arrival of the final day in Paris. Image © James Raia


Garmin-Sharp

Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Christian Vande Velde (USA), David Millar (GBR), Robbie Hunter (RSA), Dan Martin (IRL), Johan Vansummeren (BEL), David Zabriskie (USA), Tom Danielson (USA), Tyler Farrar (USA)

Katusha
Giampaolo Caruso (ITA), Oscar Freire (SPA), Vladimir Gusev (RUS), Joan Horrach (SPA), Aliaksandr Kuchynski (BLR), Denis Menchov (RUS), Luca Paolini (ITA), Yuriy Trofimov (RUS), Eduard Vorganov (RUS)

Lampre-ISD

Grega Bole (SLO), Danilo Hondo (ITA), Yuriy Krivtsov (UKR), Matthew Lloyd (AUS), Marco Marzano (ITA), Alessandro Petacchi (ITA), Michele Scarponi (ITA), Simone Stortoni (ITA) and Davide Viganò (ITA)

Liquigas-Sagan

Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Peter Sagan (SVK), Ivan Basso (ITA), Daniel Oss (ITA), Kristijan Koren (SLO), Alessandro Vanotti (ITA), Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Federico Canuti (ITA), Dominik Nerz (GER)

Lotto-Belisol
André Greipel (GER), Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL), Jelle Vanendert (BEL), Greg Henderson (NZL), Marcel Sieberg (GER), Lars Bak (DEN), Francis De Greef (BEL), Adam Hansen (AUS), Jürgen Roelandts (BEL)

Movistar
Alejandro Valverde (SPA), Juanjo Cobo (SPA), José Joaquín Rojas (SPA), Rubén Plaza (SPA), Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), Iván Gutiérrez (SPA), Imanol Erviti (SPA), Vladimir Karpets (RSA) and Rui Costa (POR)

Omega Pharma-Quick Step

Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Kevin De Weert (BEL), Dries Devenyns (BEL), Bert Grabsch (GER), Levi Leipheimer (USA), Tony Martin (GER), Jerome Pineau (FRA), Stijn Vandenbergh (BEL), Peter Velits (SVK)

Orica-GreenEdge

Michael Albasini (SUI), Baden Cooke (AUS), Simon Gerrans (AUS), Matt Goss (AUS), Daryl Impey (RSA), Brett Lancaster (AUS), Sebastian Langeveld (NED), Stuart O’Grady (AUS), Pieter Weening (NED)

Rabobank
Bauke Mollema (NED), Robert Gesink (NED), Steven Kruijswijk (NED), Laurens Ten Dam (NED), Mark Renshaw (AUS), Luis Leon Sanchez (SPA), Bram Tankink (NED), Maarten Tjallingii (NED), Maarten Wynants (BEL)

RadioShack-Nissan
Fabian Cancellara (SUI), Tony Gallopin (FRA), Chris Horner (USA), Andreas Klöden (GER), Maxime Monfort (BEL), Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Fränk Schleck (LUX), Jens Voigt (GER), Haimar Zubeldia (SPA)

Saur-Sojasun
Jérôme Coppel (FRA), Anthony Delaplace (FRA), Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA), Brice Feillu (FRA), Fabrice Jeandesboz (FRA), Cyril Lemoine (FRA), Guillaume Levarlet (FRA), Jean-Marc Marino (FRA), Julien Simon (FRA)

Saxo Bank-Tinkoff
Juan José Haedo (ARG), Jonathan Cantwell (AUS), Nick Nuyens (BEL), Chris Anker Sørensen (DEN), Nicki Sørensen (DEN), Michael Mørkøv (DEN), Anders Lund (DEN), Karsten Kroon (NED), Sergio Paulinho (POR)

Sky
Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Mark Cavendish (GBR), Richie Porte (AUS), Chris Froome (GBR), Michael Rogers (AUS), Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR), Bernard Eisel (AUT), Kanstantsin Siutsou (BEL), Christian Knees (GER)

Vacansoleil-DCM

Johnny Hoogerland (NED), Gustav Larsson (SWE), Marco Marcato (ITA), Wout Poels (NED), Rob Ruijgh (NED), Lieuwe Westra (NED), Rafael Valls (ESP), Kenny Van Hummel (NED)

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