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by Mark Zalewski
March 2, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gibbons wins Tour de Langkawi, McCabe takes final stage; Van Keirsbulck wins slick Le Samyn; Gutiérrez wins Le Samyn des Dames; Baxhkou finally gets a win at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo; No proof provided to support British Cycling, Team Sky accounts of Wiggins’ mystery package; Innovative Hammer Series of racing unveiled by Velon, Infront and teams; Route de France cancelled as UCI and organisers clash; Sporting goods industry group responds to disc brake controversy; Tour of Flanders wildcard teams announced; Tour of Alberta announces title partner, reduces to four days; Park Tool awards tools to nonprofit groups; Video: 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour – Ashleigh Moolman Pasio; Behind the scenes: Making of Road Cycling in Switzerland; Cooking with chef Peter Sagan.
Organisers of the Tour of Flanders announced the seven wildcard teams that will join the 18 WorldTour teams for the 2017 edition of the race, with the majority consisting of Belgian squads.
“We will have a very strong field of competitors at the start,” said race director Wim van Herreweghe.
Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Wanty-Groupe Gobert and Verandas Willems-Crelan got the nod, along with French teams Direct Energie and Cofidis. The Dutch Roompot-Nedelandse Loterij squad and Wilier Triestina from Italy were also invited.
The Belgian WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect was the only Belgian ProContinental team not to receive an invitation.