Tour de France organisers ASO have announced the 22 teams to take part in this year’s race.
The 98th edition of the world’s biggest cycling race sets off from Vendée on July 2. The UCI WorldTour grants automatic entry to the 18 ProTour teams, with four ProContinental teams – all French – offered wildcards.
With just one French outfit, AG2R La Mondiale, awarded ProTeam status this season, ASO have handed entries to Cofidis, Europcar (formerly Bbox Bouygues Telecom) FDJ and Saur-Sojasun.
Geox-TMC, who have 2008 Tour winner Carlos Sastre and last year’s third place finisher Denis Menchov in their ranks, are among the teams to miss out.
Meanwhile, Cofidis, Bretagne-Schuller, Europcar and FDJ are the four teams given wildcards for the 2011 Paris-Nice.
ProTeams receiving automatic entry to both races:
Quick Step Cycling Team (BEL)
Saxo Bank-SunGard (DEN)
Movistar Team (SPA)
AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)
Sky Pro Cycling (GBR)
Lampre – ISD (ITA)
Pro Team Astana (KAZ)
Leopard Trek (LUX)
Rabobank Cycling Team (NED)
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team (NED)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Team Garmin-Cervélo (USA)
Team Radioshack (USA)
ProContinental teams awarded wild cards for the Tour de France:
ProContinental teams awarded wild cards for Paris-Nice: