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by Matt de Neef
December 12, 2016
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant victorious at Essen CX meet; BMC confirms its 2017 roster; Astana reveals its final roster for the 2017 season; Bardet’s Giro plans on hold, will again race the Tour in 2017; Nathan Haas on learning from Edvald Boasson-Hagen; Sean Lake targeting Australian Road Nationals time trial; Parcours revealed for 2017 Tour de Romandie; David Rebellin signs with Kuwait-Cartucho.es Continental team; Ag2r-La Mondiale trainee killed while hiking; How wildcard places were awarded in WorldTour races in 2016.
This is an interesting graphic showing how many wildcard invites the Pro Continental teams got to WorldTour events in 2016.
As you can see, there’s a huge discrepancy between a team like Cofidis (with 16 wildcards) and the bottom two Pro Conti teams which didn’t race a single WorldTour event. Australia’s Drapac Pro Cycling just raced the one WorldTour event in 2016, the Tour Down Under, down two on 2015 (the Canadian GPs).
Click through to see more at Imgur. And click through for some discussion on this post at Reddit.