Team profile: Tinkoff-Saxo

Nationality: Russian

Track record: Few teams can hold a candle to the team's success over the years, in its various guises. Two overall wins, three other podium places, 20 stage wins and 36 days in the yellow jersey mean this year's team have a daunting reputation to live up to.

Alberto Contador is used to leading the way and will hope to do more of the same this Tour.

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Team profile: Europcar

Nationality: French

Track record: Nine stage victories and three secondary classification wins in their 14 Tours barely covers the impact Jean-Rene Bernaudeau's team has had on the race in its rollercoaster existence, with the glories of Francois Simon's Armstrong-upsetting three days in yellow in 2001 and Thomas Voeckler's heroic challenges countered by financial strife and team tensions.

Thomas Voeckler has been one of the team's most consistent riders for many years.

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Team profile: Astana

Nationality: Kazakh

Track record: Doping issues and financial problems have made for a decidedly chequered history but Alberto Contador was a regular yellow jersey wearer in his Astana days, including on the podium at the end of the 2009 Tour.

Vincenzo Nibali has previously ended up on the podium at the end of the Tour de France.

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Team profile: FDJ.fr

Nationality: French

Track record: The all-French team - regularly voted the nation's favourite - has enjoyed nine stage victories, including a brace in 2012, and two secondary classification wins since debuting in 1997 but rarely troubled the top of the general classification.

Jeremy Roy is one of FDJ.fr's biggest attacking threats.

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Team profile: Cannondale

Nationality: Italian

Track record: Five stage wins and two green jerseys are the high point for a team who for many years seemed to save their best for other major races, not the Tour. Slovak Peter Sagan has improved their record, however, with two consecutive triumphs in the green jersey points competition.

Peter Sagan has become accustomed to wearing green jerseys.

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Team profile: AG2R

Nationality: French

Track record: Rivalling the very best. Under various sponsors' names over the last 20 years, the team has enjoyed 13 stage wins and has had four riders spend a total of 16 days in yellow.

Veteran Jean-Christophe Peraud will be hoping for more success at this year's Tour.

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