July 02, 2011
Where are they from, 2011 edition
Each year, I take a look at where the Tour's riders are from, with special attention to the traditionally English-speaking countries.
Here's this year's rundown:
Cadel Evans, BMC
Simon Gerrans, Sky
Matthew Goss, HTC-High Road
Stuart O'Grady, Saxo Bank-Sungard
Richie Porte, Saxo Bank-Sungard
Mark Renshaw, HTC-High Road
Australia had 11 riders in the 2010 Tour, but returns to 2009's total of six this year. The addition of HTC-High Road's Matt Goss and Saxo Bank's Richie Porte means 7 Ausies who rode in 2010 aren't here: Adam Hansen, Brett Lancaster, Matt Lloyd, Robbie McEwen, Luke Roberts, Mick Rogers, and Wesley Sulzberger.
Brent Bookwalter, BMC
Tom Danielson, Garmin-Cervelo
Tyler Farrar, Garmin-Cervelo
George Hincapie, BMC
Chris Horner, Radio Shack
Levi Leipheimer, Radio Shack
Danny Pate, HTC-High Road
Christian Vande Velde, Garmin-Cervelo
Tejay Van Garderen, HTC-High Road
David Zabriskie, Garmin-Cervelo
Climbs from 8 to 10, with Armstrong retired, and the addition of Tejay Van Garderen and Tom Danielson, both in their first Tours, and Danny Pate, returning with HTC-High Road. Van Garderen, Farrar, and Bookwalter are the only Americans under 30 in the Tour.
Ryder Hesjedal, Garmin-Cervelo
With Michael Barry out, Ryder Hesjedal is truly carrying the Weight of a Nation for Canada.
Mark Cavendish, HTC-Columbia
David Millar, Garmin-Cervelo
Ben Swift, Sky
Geraint Thomas, Sky
Bradley Wiggins, Sky
Great Britain had eight riders last year, but 5 this year, with Cummings, Hunt, Daniel Lloyd, and Wegelius not here, but Ben Swift starting for Sky. Cavendish chases green, and Wiggins hopes to rebound from 2010 to go at least Top 10.
Julian Dean, Garmin-Cervelo
Dean returns to lead out Hushovd and Farrar for Garmin-Cervelo.
Nicolas Roche, AG2R-La Mondiale
Again, Roche repeats as the only Irish rider.
South Africa is again shut out, with Robbie Hunter watching from home.
Other countries (2010 in parentheses):
40: France (35)
26: Spain (31)
15: Italy (17), Belgium (12)
12: Germany (15), Netherlands (8)
10: USA (8)
9: Russia (6)
6: Australia (11)
5: Denmark (5), Kazakhstan (3)
4: Switzerland (5), Slovenia (4)
3: Lithuania (1), Poland (1), Ukraine (3)
2: Colombia (0), Luxembourg (2), Norway (2), Portugal (3)
1: Austria (3), Belarus (3), Canada (2), Costa Rica (0), Czech Republic (1), Estonia (1), Ireland (1), New Zealand (1), Slovakia (0)
Shut out from last year are four countries that each brought one rider: Japan, Moldova, South Africa, and Sweden.
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