2013 - two stage wins for Mark Cavendish plus individual time trial win for Tony Martin.
2010 - two stage wins for Sylvain Chavanel.
Mark Cavendish, the Manx Missile, whose mother is from Harrogate in Yorkshire, the location of an expected bunch sprint at the end of Stage 1.
Directeur sportif Patrick Lefevere also harbours hopes in the general classification for young Polish national champion Michal Kwiatkowski.
Changes from 2013:
Australian Mark Renshaw, Cavendish's key leadout man for most of his 20 Tour stage wins from 2008 to 2011, has been signed up and could be a key factor in improving on last year's underperformance, along with the signing of Italian speedster Alessandro Petacchi, aka AleJet, who joins from Lampre.
Belgian puncheur Jan Bakelants, a stage winner last year, returns after two seasons at Radioshack, most likely finding a role in the Tour as a super-domestique. Fellow Belgian classics specialist Tom Boonen has not been selected.
How will they do?
With Cavendish as team leader, the well-monied Belgian team is all about winning stages. The 29-year-old won a pair in last year's Tour and will be looking to add more than two to his 25 career stage wins in the race. If being on British soil inspires him to win the first stage, it will also propel Cavendish into the yellow jersey for the first time. The main threat is 26-year-old German Marcel Kittel, who had the beating of the Manxman on several occasions in the 2013 Tour but has not come up against him in a head-to-head during the current season.
A second team target will be for world time-trial champion Tony Martin, who after three weeks of dragging his team leader around France will have aspirations for the time trial in Bergerac, the penultimate stage and only time trial of the race.
The full nine:
Mark Cavendish (GB), Mark Renshaw (Australia), Tony Martin (Germany), Alessandro Petacchi (Italy), Jan Bakelants (Belgium), Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland), Michal Golas (Poland), Niki Terpstra (Belgium) and Matteo Trentin (Italy).