2016 Tour de France
103rd edition: July 2 - July 24, 2016
Pre-race rider gallery: July 1, 2016
The 2016 Tour de France teams and riders were presented today (Friday, July 1) at Sainte-Mère-Église. Our Fotoreporter Sirotti was there with his camera.
Orica-BikeExchange in their new kit
Fabian Cancellara (on left)
Cannondale-Drapac in their new kit
Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana (right).
At the day's press conference Quintana attracted the most attention of any rider and had this to say: “Looking at the number and the quality of my competitors, it's maybe harder than ever to win the Tour but my team is ready, so it's possible.
“I've trained to be able to respond to all of Froome's attacks. Last year, nobody was able to follow him at La Pierre-Saint-Martin. We'll see if it's the same this year. He's the rider who has won the most since 2011. It looked like his weak point was the last week but he said he has prepared differently for the last so maybe he doesn't have any weak point any more. As for myself, I'm not sure if I'm stronger than last year but I'm more relaxed and more determined.”
Arthur Vichot (in French champion's colors) & Thibaut Pinot
Christopher Froome and Mikel Landa
And it would be wrong not to include the always dangerous and crafty Thomas Voeckler.