Brits on the Tour de France

  • Last Updated: July 1 2014, 13:28 BST

We take a look at the British riders taking part in this year's Tour de France, which starts in Yorkshire.

Mark Cavendish: The Manx Missile
Mark Cavendish: The Manx Missile

CHRIS FROOME

Age: 29

Team: Team Sky

Previous Appearances (finishes in brackets): 2008 (84th), 2012 (2nd), 2013 (1st).

Stage wins: Four (2012 - stage seven; 2013 - stages eight, 15 and 17).

Unstoppable in 2013 after a brilliant performance which he promised would "stand the test of time". Froome is the undisputed leader of Team Sky, with 2012 Tour winner Sir Bradley Wiggins conceding the role, but has had a less than flawless season. He won the Tour of Oman, but has been afflicted by illness and injury and was a lowly 12th in defence of his Criterium du Dauphine title despite winning the opening two stages after a heavy crash.

MARK CAVENDISH

Age: 29

Team: Omega Pharma-Quick Step

Previous appearances (finishes in brackets): 2007 (withdrawn after stage eight), 2008 (withdrawn after stage 14), 2009 (131), 2010 (154), 2011 (130), 2012 (142), 2013 (148).

Stage wins: 23 (2008 - stages five, eight, 12 and 13; 2009 - stages two, three, 10, 11, 19 and 21; 2010 - stages five, six, 11, 18 and 20; 2011 - stages five, seven, 11, 15 and 21; 2012 - stages two, 18 and 20; 2013 - stages five and 13).

Cavendish's year is geared towards winning in Harrogate - his mother's hometown - and taking the Tour's yellow jersey for the first time. Historically a slow starter in the Grand Tours, the Manx Missile will have to reclaim his status as the world's leading sprinter from Marcel Kittel in Yorkshire - and that one stage could be enough to satisfy the winning machine.

GERAINT THOMAS

Age: 28

Team: Team Sky

Previous appearances (finishes in brackets): 2007 (140), 2010 (67), 2011 (31), 2013 (140).

Stage wins: None

It seems like an age since Thomas made his Tour debut in 2007 as a fresh-faced 21-year-old in London. He completed the 2013 Tour as Team Sky road captain despite fracturing his pelvis in Corsica at the start of the race. Thomas is a man of all talents with his full potential to be determined; for now he is happy in a team role, supporting Froome.

PETER KENNAUGH

Age: 25

Team: Team Sky

Previous appearances (finishes in brackets): 2013 (77).

Stage wins: None

Kennaugh, a London 2012 team pursuit champion alongside Thomas, made a strong performance on his debut in 2013, playing a key role in Froome's mountain train and demonstrating his potential to one day follow his team-mate to the Tour podium. The Manxman has had a mixed season, but can be relied upon on the big occasion.

SIMON YATES

Age: 21

Team: Orica-GreenEDGE

Previous appearances (finishes in brackets): n/a

Stage wins: n/a

The 21-year-old from Bury is a surprise selection for his Tour debut after recovering from a broken collarbone at the Tour of Turkey, which his twin brother Adam won. Simon, the 2013 points race world champion on the track, benefited from the enforced rest and will be thrilled to race for the Australian team, which has enjoyed fleeting success in Grand Tours of late.

BRITONS STAYING AT HOME...

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Sir Bradley Wiggins, Pete Kennaugh, Ian Stannard, Ben Swift (all Team Sky), David Millar, Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp), Alex Dowsett (Movistar), Scott Thwaites (NetApp-Endura), Adam Yates (Orica-GreenEDGE).