Tour de France - TotalEnergies lines up with Steff Cras, Anthony Turgis and Mathieu Burgaudeau

Perhaps the most modest team lining up for the Tour de France. TotalEnergies have worked hard to get their wildcard for the Tour this year, and they come in with a lineup built to chase stage wins on different terrains.

The team noticeably comes without an option for the sprints, after Peter Sagan's retirement from road cycling and the absence of riders such as Geoffrey Soupe, Jason Tesson or Dries van Gestel. The French team keeps some of it's weapons clear of the Tour, so as to focus on UCI points and other goals.

The team's '8' has a side focused on the mountains including Steff Cras, who abandoned the race last year due to crash whilst fighting for the Top10. The Belgian then was 11th at Vuelta a España, but this year suffered another brutal crash. Together with Jonas Vingegaard and others, he crashed at Itzulia Basque Country, suffering a punctured lung, fractured ribs and vertebrae. Miraculously, he already returned to competition at the Tour of Slovenia.

"The first half minute I couldn't breathe and I thought I was suffocating," Cras said of his crash only two and a half months ago, upon returning in Slovenia. "I thought it was ove"But physically I continued to work hard after that crash. I pushed my body hard to get back to normal as quickly as possible." Overall classification could be the Belgian's goal.

Jordan Jegat, one of the team's most promising riders, is also expected to perform in the mountains. The likes of Fabien Grellier, Thomas Gachignard and Mattéo Vercher will likely focus on the breakaways throughout the many and long flat and hilly days so as to provide sponsor exposure.

On some hilly days we may see the likes of Mathieu Burgaudeau, Anthony Turgis and Sandy Dujardin also chasing a result.

TotalEnergies for Tour de France:

Mathieu Burgaudeau
Steff Cras
Anthony Turgis
Jordan Jegat
Thomas Gachignard
Mattéo Vercher
Sandy Dujardin
Fabien Grellier

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