Bicycle: Wilier Triestina
What to know
The French squad is the descendent of the once-proud Team Europcar and Bouygues-Telecom squads of Thomas Voeckler and Laurent Brochard. For years the squad was the top team in France. These days Total Direct Energie has lost much of that firepower, yet it still retains its place at the Tour de France, where the squad will once again be in the race’s doomed early breakaways.
Cheer for these boys in blue as they attack early, burn their matches on the road, and then get caught long before the final push to the finish line. Glory is on the line for every doomed breakaway rider, and nobody knows this better than the riders of Total Direct Energie.