Organizers of the Tour de France, the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), announced today, the four teams that were awarded wild card invitations to this year’s French Grand Tour.
– Direct Energie
– Fortuneo-Vital Concept
– Bora Argon 18
The four teams will be joined by the 18 WorldTour teams who are automatically invited to the Tour de France.
The is year’s Tour de France gets underway on its home soil, with the opening stage commencing at the foot of Mont-Saint-Michel in the Manche Department on France’s northern coast, which was last visited for the individual time trial in 2013, which was won by Tony Martin.
The WorldTour teams that received automatic invitations were:
AG2R La Mondiale (Fra), Astana Pro Team (Kaz), BMC Racing Team (USA), Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (USA), Dimension Data (RSA), Etixx – Quick Step (Bel), FDJ (Fra), IAM Cycling (Sui), Lampre – Merida (Ita), Lotto Soudal (Bel), Movistar Team (Esp), Orica GreenEDGE (Aus), Team Giant – Alpecin (Ger), Team Katusha (Rus), Team Lotto NL – Jumbo (Nld), Team Sky (GBR), Tinkoff (Rus), Trek – Segafredo (USA). Wildcards: Bora – Argon 18 (Ger), Cofidis- Solutions Crédits (Fra), Direct Energie (Fra), Fortunéo – Vital Concept (Fra).
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