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Direct Energie (DEN) - Wildcard

The French team, which went by the name Europcar until three years ago, is competing in its 18th season since its birth in 2000. The French pro continental team is once again starting with a Tour de Suisse wild card, as it did last year. The jersey colours are black and yellow; the naming sponsor is a power company. The French team boasts an old favourite in Sylvain Chavanel (38), who rode for the now disbanded Swiss team IAM Cycling for two years.  Direct Energie consists exclusively of French riders, the sole exception being the Estonian Rein Taaramäe.