Giant Shimano

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With intimidatingly broad-shouldered and good-looking beefcake Marcel Kittel spearheading a crack lead-out of Dutch six-footers, Giant is the second-best example of nominative determinism in professional cycling (behind IAM Cycling). Thus far, Giant have been unashamedly out for stage wins at the Tour. While Kittel was hoovering up the victories in last year’s race, he didn’t contest the bonus sprints and was almost 200 points behind Peter Sagan in the green jersey competition. As for the overall, in three Tours, their highest placing is an underwhelming 41st.

With Sagan dominant in the green jersey competition, they’ll likely target stage wins again, with the proviso that Warren Barguil will probably be given a free hand to try and crack the top 20. Given that nobody’s looked anywhere near to beating Kittel in a sprint for about a year now, even Ben Swift, with a 10-length head start, it’s unlikely they’ll come away empty-handed.

Tour de France history
Participations: 3
Stage wins: 4
Best overall: Tom Dumoulin, 41st in 2013
Top 10s: 0
Jersey wins: 0

Tour team: Roy Curvers (Ned), John Degenkolb (Ger), Dries Devenyns (Bel), Tom Dumoulin (Ned), Cheng Ji (Chi), Marcel Kittel (Ger), Koen De Kort (Ned), Albert Timmer (Ned), Tom Veelers (Ned)

Fernando Alonso on stage eighteen of the 2014 Giro d'Italia

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