The teams for the 2011 Tour de France have been announced with no real surprises. Andy Schleck, racing for his new Leopard-Trek team is likely to start as the hot favourite. Three-times champion Alberto Contador is unlikely to feature as he is provisionally suspended after failing a dope test. The 98th Tour starts in Vendee on 2 July.
2011 Tour de France teams:
ProTeams: Omega Pharma-Lotto (Belgium), Quickstep (Belgium), Saxo Bank Sungard (Denmark), Euskaltel-Euskadi (Spain), Movistar (Spain), Ag2r La Mondiale (France), Sky Procycling (Britain), Lampre-Isd (Italy), Liquigas-Cannondale (Italy), Pro Team Astana (Kazakhstan), Team Leopard-Trek (Luxembourg), Rabobank (Netherlands), Vacansoleil-DCM (Netherlands), Katusha (Russia), BMC Racing team (USA), HTC-Highroad (USA), Team Garmin-Cervelo (USA), Radioshack (USA).
Wildcards: Cofidis (France), Europcar (France), Francaise des Jeux (France), Saur-Sojasun (France).