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Gallery: Team Europcar ready for 2013

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Look this way guys

Look this way guys (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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Bryan Coquard

Bryan Coquard (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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Thomas Voeckler still looks young despite starting his 13th pro season in 2013

Thomas Voeckler still looks young despite starting his 13th pro season in 2013 (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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The Team Europcar directeur sportive

The Team Europcar directeur sportive (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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Look at ther camera guys

Look at ther camera guys (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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Pierre Rolland

Pierre Rolland (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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The Colnago TT bike

The Colnago TT bike (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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The Colnago road bike

The Colnago road bike (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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The whole Team Europcar roster

The whole Team Europcar roster (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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The green Europcar jersey is virtually unchanged

The green Europcar jersey is virtually unchanged (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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Thomas Voeckler

Thomas Voeckler (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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Team leaders Pierre Rolland and Thomas Voeckler

Team leaders Pierre Rolland and Thomas Voeckler (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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Team manager Jean-Rene Bernaudeau

Team manager Jean-Rene Bernaudeau (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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Morocco's Natnael Berhane

Morocco's Natnael Berhane (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)
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The big-name riders at Team Europcar in 2013

The big-name riders at Team Europcar in 2013 (Image credit: Daniel Schamps/BettiniPhoto)

Thomas Voeckler and Pierre Rolland will again lead Team Europcar in 2013, targeting success in the Ardennes Classics before focusing yet again on the Tour de France.The French team is not part of the UCI WorldTour teams but is rightly confident of riding a good programme of races. 

Voeckler is about to start his thirteenth season as a professional but looked young and keen at the team presentation in the team's home region of the Vendee, with close cut hair helping to hide a few extra kilos.

Voeckler won the polka-dot mountain's competition jersey at the Tour de France and two mountain stages despite struggling with a knee injury early in the race, while Rolland also won a tough stage and finished eighth overall.

The French cycling fans loved their shows of panache and for now at least, team manager Jean-Rene Bernaudeau has managed to control any internal rivalry. However Rolland and not Voeckler, is set to target the overall classification at the Tour de France despite his poor time trialling skills.

Other names to watch in the Team Europcar roster include cobbled classic contender Sébastien Turgot, who was second at Paris-Roubaix, Canada's David Veilleux, who won Tre Valli Varesine Italian Classic and the Mi-Août en Bretagne stage race last summer.

Talented neo-pro Bryan Coquard was second in the Under 23 road race world championships and won the silver medal in the Omnium event at the London Olympics. He will debut at the Tour de Bessèges and then ride the Tour de Langkawi, so is likely to land an early first professional career win.

The team will again ride Colnago bikes this season, and with the standout green jersey, little has changed on the this year.

Car-hire company Europcar saved the team at the last minute in 2011 but this is the third and final year of sponsorship. No doubt Bernaudeau will have his riders fired up and on edge as he looks to convince Europcar or a new sponsor to back the team in the future.