BMC have big plans for 2017 with Richie Porte gunning for a Grand Tour win and Olympic road race champion Greg van Avermaet aiming for one-day success, Grand Tour stage victories and more. The likes of Rohan Dennis and Tejay van Garderen are also equipped to achieve significant victories.
General manager Jonathan Vaughters has several world-class riders at his disposal: Rigoberto Uran, new signing Sep Vanmarcke, Andrew Talansky and Taylor Phinney to name four. Uran and Talansky can both challenge for GC at Grand Tours while Vanmarcke has the ability to mount a challenge for the Monuments.
Lotto Soudal enjoyed significant success in 2016 with four stage wins at the Giro d'Italia and two at the Tour de France. André Greipel alone chalked up three stages wins at the Giro and one at the Tour, and the German rider's straight-line speed is always a worry for his sprint rivals. Watch out for Frenchman Tony Gallopin, too.
Orica-Scott continue to fly the flag for Australia on the UCI WorldTour circuit, with Scott Sports becoming co-title sponsor. Roman Kreuziger, Roger Kluge and Carlos Verona join their roster for 2017 - joining a strong existing team including Esteban Chaves, the Yates brothers and sprinter Caleb Ewan.
Quick-Step Floors continues its long-standing involvement in elite cycling as main sponsor for this Belgian team with a fine winning pedigree. Marcel Kittel, Tom Boonen and Dan Martin are among the best-known riders in the current line-up aiming for more success in 2017.
This long-established Dutch team have been in the pro peloton since 1984. They have recruited plenty of new riders for 2017, including Juan Jose Lobato and Jurgen Van Den Broeck, with Lars Boom returning from Astana. Look out for star riders like Robert Gesink, Steven Kruijswijk and Dylan Groenewegen.
Team Sky boast one of the most powerful and versatile squads on the UCI WorldTour. Chris Froome will aim for his fourth Tour de France victory in 2017, while Geraint Thomas will aim for success at the Giro d'Italia, and riders like Michał Kwiatkowski will target the Spring Classics.
Sunweb’s arrival as title sponsor creates Team Sunweb for 2017. Formerly Giant-Alpecin, they will continue to ride Giant bikes, and boast an impressive line-up with Tom Dumoulin, Warren Barguil and new recruit Michael Matthews among those capable of making an impact at the big races in 2017.
Trek-Segafredo have a power-packed team, with Alberto Contador and John Degenkolb arriving for 2017. Bauke Mollema, Giacomo Nizzolo and Jarlinson Pantano are also riders to watch. Degenkolb will want to replicate his 2015 double-Monument win as Contador eyes the Tour podium.
Rui Costa, Louis Meintjes and Ben Swift are among the UAE Team Emirates roster in 2017. Team president Matar Suhail Al Yabhouni Al Dhaheri said: “A strong positive attitude is key to a healthy mind and lifestyle, and we in the Emirates want to promote such values.”
The team with the instantly recognisable white, blue and brown kit will send Romain Bardet to the 2017 Tour aiming to become the first Frenchman to win the famous race since Bernard Hinault in 1985. New signings include Mathias Frank, Alexandre Geniez, Oliver Naesen and Stijn Vandenbergh.
Astana have won a Grand Tour in each of the past four seasons: Vincenzo Nibali claimed the Giro in 2013 and 2016, the Tour de France in 2014, and Fabio Aru won the 2015 Vuelta. With Nibali departed they will look to Aru to spearhead their assault on the Grand Tours in 2017.
Bahrain-Merida Pro Cycling Team’s inception for the 2017 season reflects the growing appetite for top-level cycling in the Middle East. The signature of four-time Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali is a significant boost, with the likes of Enrico Gasparatto, Heinrich Haussler and Yukiya Arashiro supporting him.
German-based outfit Bora-hansgrohe make the step up to WorldTour level having recruited Peter Sagan, the double world road race champion and top-ranked rider in 2016. The flamboyant Slovakian will be ably assisted by the likes of Polish climber Rafał Majka, his former Tinkoff team-mate.
Mark Cavendish sprinted to four stage victories during the 2016 Tour de France and will aim for more of the same in 2017, assisted by lead-out specialists like Bernie Eisel and Mark Renshaw. Steve Cummings, Daniel Teklehaimanot and Nathan Haas are all capable of big things this year.
Thibaut Pinot traditionally prioritises the Tour de France but will be targeting the Giro d'Italia this year, while Arnaud Démare will lead the team at the Tour. Démare will also aim to defend his Milan-San Remo title. The team has said Pinot will ride the Tour, targeting KOM points and stage victories.
Movistar Team are one of the strongest outfits on the UCI WorldTour, with a lineage back to 1980 and many Grand Tour successes to their name. Colombian climber Nairo Quintana will ride both the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in 2017, ably assisted by Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde.
World-class Norwegian sprinter Alexander Kristoff leads the charge again for Katusha-Alpecin in 2017, targeting the Spring Classics, while German time trial ace Tony Martin arrives to add another dimension to the squad. Big things can also be expected from Ilnur Zakarin, who won a Tour de France stage last year.