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by Mark Zalewski
January 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Navardauskas takes Bahrain-Merida inaugural win in San Juan TT; Greipel sprints to win in Challenge Mallorca opener; Kirsten Wild just pips Chloe Hosking in Race Melbourne photo finish; Sam Bennett sprints to victory at Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser crit; Mark Cavendish: Merckx’s Tour de France record is now a realistic target for me; Cyclocross worlds preview: In Bieles, a new chapter will be written between the sport’s two young stars; French teams dominate wildcard selections for Tour de France, Paris-Nice and Critérium du Dauphiné; Retired pro cyclist Tom Zirbel shifts to triathlon; World Championship course proving to be a challenge; Former pro talks about battle with depression, suicide attempts; Vuelta a San Juan, stage 3 highlights; Video: Abu Dhabi Tour preview; Video: Tony Martin off to rocky start with Katusha-Alpecin.
Just over five months before the start of the Tour de France, race organiser ASO has named the wildcard teams for the event. Opting, as expected, for a majority of home squads, it has named French teams Cofidis Solutions Crédits, Direct Energie and Fortuneo – Vital Concept, as well as the Belgian Wanty – Groupe Gobert team.
All four are Pro Continental squads and consequently require invites to the top tier races.
The 18 WorldTour teams have an automatic right of participation in the race, making for a total of 22 squads at the start in Dusseldorf on July 1.
ASO has also named wildcard teams for Paris-Nice, which runs from March 5 – 12.
Those invited again include Cofidis Solutions Crédits, Direct Energie and Fortuneo – Vital Concept, with a fourth French team – Delko Marseille Provence KTM – joining them.
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