Bretagne-Séché Environnement

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Hailing from the part of France that has a rich history of cycling has paid dividends for Bretagne and earnt them a Tour start in 2014. Even though that Tour de France didn’t visit Brittany – or go anywhere near it – the team got an invite ahead of other more deserving teams (if going on results alone), and have managed to get another invite for 2015.

But they’re French, and France’s national Tour needs a plucky French hero. They had little impact on the 2014 Tour, but getting in a few breaks now and then with a chance of the odd combativity award and they’ll be happy. If they win a stage or grab a jersey for a few days they’ll be ecstatic.