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.
Leader: Thibaut Pinot is a challenger for the white jersey if he can recapture the form that made him a mountain-stage winner in Porrentruy and breakthrough top 10 finisher in 2012.
Changes since 2013: A handful of changes, most notably the departure of Nacer Bouhanni as Arnaud Demare becomes the team's designated sprinter.
Target: Marc Madiot's youthful but capable team's main aim will be to give French fans something to cheer about, with Pinot leading the team's challenge in the mountains, and Demare looking to snare some sprint victories, while Jeremy Roy offers more box office potential with his regular attacks.
Full nine: William Bonnet (France), Mickael Delage (France), Arnaud Demare (France), Arnold Jeannesson (France), Matthieu Ladagnous (France), Cedric Pineau (France), Thibaut Pinot (France), Jeremy Roy (France), Arthur Vichot (France)