Flying the Flag: The 100th Edition of the Tour de France

Photo courtesy of cyclingweekly.co.uk

Photo courtesy of cyclingweekly.co.uk

With less than a week before the start of the 100th edition of Le Grande Boucle, there is a group of excited riders who will proudly be donning new spangly kit after winning their national championship

There isn’t enough screen space on the interweb superhighway to fully describe all of the reasons that people look forward to the start of each new edition of the Tour de France, and for many a great reason to get excited is to see so many of the newly crowned national champions racing together.  And as a self-confessed ‘kit bitch’ I get very excited by seeing the new colours and designs of kits that trickle through the peloton.  [Ed. - Can I say 'bitch' on LTB!?!? Ah nuts!  That's twice!]

Men’s RR champion 2013-2014

Womens’s RR champion 2013-2014

Australia

Luke Durbridge (Orica-Greenedge)*

Gracie Elvin (Orica-AIS)*

Austria

Riccardo Zoidl (Gourmetfein Simplon)

Andrea Graus (Team Vienne Futuroscope)

Belgium

Stijn Devolder (Radioshack-Leopard)

Liesbet De Vocht (Rabobank-Liv Giant)

Belarus

Andrei Krasilnikau

Alena Amialiusik

Canada

Zach Bell (Champion System)

Joelle Numainville (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies)

Colombia

Walter Pedraza

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Croatia

Robert Kišerlovski (Radioshack-Leopard)

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Czech

Jan Barta (Netapp-Endura)

Martina Sáblíková (Etixx-IHNED)

Denmark

Michael Mørkøv (Team Saxo-Tinkoff)

Kamilla Sofie Vallin (Team Rytger)

Eritrea

Meron Teshome

Wehazit Kidane

Estonia

Rein Taaramae (Cofidis)

Liisi Rist

Finland

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France

Arthur Vichot (FDJ.fr)

Elise Delzenne

Germany

André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol)

Trixi Worrack (Specialized-Lululemon)

Great Britain

Mark Cavendish (OPQS)

Lizzie Armitstead (Dolmans Boels)

Greece

Ioannis Tamouridis (Euskaltel-Euskadi)

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Hungary

Krisztián Lovassy (Utensilnord)

Diána Szurominé Pulsfort

Ireland

Matthew Brammeier (Champion System)

Melanie Späth (Team Tibco)

Italy

Ivan Santaromita (BMC Racing)

Dalia Muccioli (BePink)

Japan

Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar)

Eri Yonamine (Team Forza)

Kazakhstan

Alexander Dyachenko (Astana)

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Latvia

Aleksejs Saramotins (IAM Cycling)

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Lithuania

Tomas Vaitkus (Orica-Greenedge)

Agne Silinyte (Pasta Zara-Cogeas-Manhattan)

Luxembourg

Bob Jungels (Radioshack-Leopard)

Christine Majerus

Netherlands

Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM)

Lucinda Brand (Rabobank-Liv Giant)

New Zealand

Hayden Roulston (Radioshack-Leopard)*

Courteney Lowe (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies) *

Norway

Thor Hushovd (BMC Racing)

Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Hitec Products)

Poland

Michał Kwiatkowski (OPQS)

Eugenia Bujak

Portugal

Joni Brandao (Efapel)

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Russia

Vladimir Isaichev (Katusha)

Svetlana Stolbova

Rwanda

Gasore Hategeka

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Slovakia

Peter Sagan (Cannondale)

Alzbeta Pavlendova

Slovenia

Luka Pibernik (Radenska)

Polona Batagelj (Polet)

South Africa

Jay Thomson (MTN-Qhubeka) *

Ashleigh Moolman Pasio (Lotto-Belisol) *

Spain

Jesus Herrada (Movistar)

Ane Santesteban Gonzalez (Bizkaia-Durango)

Sweden

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