TOUR DE FRANCE TEAMS: France: Casino, Cofidis, Festina, Credit Agricole. Italy: Mercatone Uno, Mapei, Polti, Saeco. Spain: Once, Banesto, Kelme, Vitalicion Seguros. Netherlands: Rabobank, TVM. Germany: Deutsche Telekom. Belgium: Lotto.
The Festina and TVM teams, who were involved in last year's Tour de France doping scandal, are eligible for this year's race, according to the race organisers. A preliminary list of 16 teams has been issued. This year's Tour starts from Le Puy-du-Fou in Vendee on 3 July.