Katusha

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Slightly motley assortment of underachieving Russians, plus Joaquim Rodríguez and Alexander Kristoff, who cover the dysfunction of the team with a veneer of very respectable placings and wins.

After crashing out of the Giro d’Italia, Rodríguez will refocus on the Tour de France, where he’s surprisingly only raced twice, finishing seventh in 2010 and third last year. His team however has been very quick to point out that he is in no condition to challenge for the overall and will instead race for stage wins. Simon Spilak will be the team’s protected GC rider. That means he’ll get his bottles fetched for him and a push when he’s relieving himself on-the-go. The team aren’t capable of controlling a Grand Tour.

Tour de France history
Participations: 5
Stage wins: 2
Best overall: Joaquim Rodríguez, third in 2013
Top 10s: 2
Jersey wins: 0

Tour team: Vladimir Isaychev (Rus), Alexander Kristoff (Nor), Luca Paolini (Ita), Alexander Porsev (Rus), Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa), Egor Silin (Rus), Gatis Smukulis (Lat), Simon Spilak (Slo), Yuri Trofimov (Rus)

2011 Team kit: Hot! or Not!

2011 Team kit: Hot! or Not!

The 2011 season is ready to start. Never mind who's going to win races, which team has the best buses or whether Cav or Greipel's going to win stages at…