Six Britons will begin the Tour de France in Corsica on Saturday with Chris Froome the favourite and Mark Cavendish another of the main protagonists.
Team Garmin-Sharp confirmed David Millar (pictured with Cavendish and Ian Stannard) in its nine-man squad for the 100th Tour, joining Omega Pharma-QuickStep's Cavendish and Team Sky quartet Froome, Geraint Thomas, Ian Stannard and Pete Kennaugh.
Prolific sprinter Cavendish is targeting the race leader's yellow jersey on Saturday's opening stage, with Froome the hot favourite to succeed 2012 champion Sir Bradley Wiggins as overall winner by Paris on July 21.
Garmin-Sharp team boss Jonathan Vaughters is among those out to dethrone Team Sky.
"Our goal is to animate the race and with an aggressive strategy, we will aim to place high in the general classification," Vaughters said.
"Our approach is a little unconventional, but we've managed to come up with surprises every year at the Tour and we're hoping for the same as we head into Corsica."
Vaughters' teams have history in producing a wildcard to challenge for top honours, including Wiggins, who finished fourth - elevated to third when Lance Armstrong's results were annulled - in the 2009 Tour before moving to Team Sky.
Froome, the 2012 runner-up, is fancied ahead of Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), the two-time winner who is back in the race after missing the last edition through a doping ban.
Team Sky dominated the 99th edition last year, but Vaughters anticipates a closer battle for the maillot jaune this time around.
He told VeloNews: "I think the difference that people will see in our team and Sky, and even a team like Movistar, or Saxo Bank, and Sky, I think those differences will be considerably smaller than they have been at the other races.
"I think Movistar will give them a run for their money. I think Saxo Bank will be stronger than people are anticipating."
Froome has won four of the five stage races he entered this year - the Tour of Oman, Criterium International, Tour de Romandie and the Criterium du Dauphine - and finished second to Giro d'Italia champion Vincenzo Nibali at Tirreno-Adriatico.
Team Sky's Stannard knows riding in support of Froome presents its own challenges.
"It's going to be hard riding for Froomey given that he's the overwhelming favourite," the Briton told VeloNews.
"The other teams will all be looking to put one over on us but we've got big ambitions of our own and we're all ready to race.
"We've all got full faith in his chances of success."
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