Team profile: Orica Greenedge

Nationality: Australian

Track record: Only relative newcomers but the Australian team made an impact in 2013 with two of their riders - Simon Gerrans and Daryl Impey - wearing yellow. Oh yes, and the team bus getting stuck under a gantry at the end of stage one.

Simon Gerrans is Orica's most in-form rider in the build-up to this year's Tour.

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Team profile: Movistar

Nationality: Spanish

Track record: Historically, thanks to Miguel Indurain, one of the all-time giants of the sport. Although they have not worn the yellow jersey in recent years, Movistar riders have been consistent stage winners.

Alejandro Valverde has hit a good run of form in the build-up to the Tour.

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Team profile: Lotto-Belisol

Nationality: Belgian.

Track record:
2013 - One stage win for Andre Greipel
2012 - Fourth place overall for Jurgen van den Broeck. Three stage wins for Greipel.
2010 - Fourth place overall for van den Broeck.

Andre 'the Gorilla' Greipel is not the only focus for Lotto-Belisol.

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