Tour de France 2018 will include 22 teams that will participate in this race. Besides, there’s also a brand new rule that affects the size of the competition and the riders participating at it.
All of this and more information on those who will compete for the winner’s title in Tour de France this year is available just below, so keep on scrolling!
Team Winner Prediction by GoWin
Not all the teams are equally strong. A lot depends on their resourcefulness as well as the talents in it. Even if the team has a cyclist who is the favourite of the race, it's not enough.
Other team members play a huge part as a support. However, not all teams have perfect competitors. While some of them are specialists in their roles and fields, others are good at everything. They can carry the team leaders for longer, increasing their chances as a result.
That's why the odds of all cycling teams are different. The very best ones change all the time too.
- Luckily for the British, Team Sky has been one of the best cycling teams for a while though. It's no different in 105th edition of Tour de France either. Not only Team Sky has Chris Froome, but the remaining seven riders are just as spectacular.
- Movistar Team is another possible winner of the team classification. They have recently won all three major tours and could win again in 2018. It looks more than possible with Landa, Quintana and Valverde in their ranks.
- Finally, AG2R La Mondiale is also a notable force. They were very close to winning last year and leaving Team Sky behind. This year, they could get their revenge. Romain Bardet and others will see to that.
Tour de France Teams 2018
There have been many changes throughout the history of this bicycle stage race in regards to its competitors and their way into this huge cycling event.
This year, there are 22 teams present, with 176 riders in total, which means that each team has eight riders in it. This is a change that is very recent and took effect just this year. In 2017 and before that, each team had to send nine riders to Tour de France instead of eight.
This was announced last year in an attempt to increase the safety of the riders. We’re about to see a similar decrease in the number of participants in other major bicycle racing events as well.
Aside from that, the number of the teams remains the same. This year, there are 18 teams from UCI World Tour that have qualified for Tour de France automatically.
Four remaining teams are UCI continental teams that received a wildcard invitation later on. We’ll list them all below.
All the teams participating this year have done so before. So, you’ll easily recognize the same teams and cyclists if you’ve watched Tour de France in the previous years. Last year’s teams were actually very similar.
The teams come from many countries while France is home to barely two teams from the UCI World Tour. Others have origins in Belgium, the United States, Australia, Kazakhstan and South Africa, among others.
Tour de France Team List
Here is the full list of teams that are confirmed to be in Tour de France. You can find the individual players list at specific team articles here at GoWin.
As already mentioned, most of them are UCI WorldTeams and qualified automatically. Only four others were invited by proving that they're ready.
The 18 UCI WorldTeams are as follows:
- AG2R La Mondiale (France)
- Astana (Kazakhstan)
- Bahrain–Merida (Bahrain)
- BMC Racing Team (United States)
- Bora–Hansgrohe (Germany)
- Team Dimension Data (South Africa)
- EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale (United States)
- Groupama–FDJ (France)
- Team Katusha–Alpecin (Switzerland)
- LottoNL–Jumbo (The Netherlands)
- Lotto–Soudal (Belgium)
- Mitchelton–Scott (Australia)
- Movistar Team (Spain)
- Quick-Step Floors (Belgium)
- Team Sky (Great Britain)
- Team Sunweb (Germany)
- Trek–Segafredo (United States)
- UAE Team Emirates (United Arab Emirates)
The remaining four teams from the second-tier are:
- Cofidis (France)
- Direct Energie (France)
- Fortuneo-Samsic (France)
- Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Belgium)
Stay tuned for more specific information about each of these professional cycling teams. Here at GoWin, we will bring all the news about these teams and their cyclists with the focus on their odds and team dynamics.
Tour de France 2018 will include 22 teams with eight riders each, which makes up for a slightly smaller number of overall participants due to the changed rules.