Team Sky secures wild card entry for Tour de France

New high-profile teams means Dutch outfits miss chance to ride Le Tour on home roads

by Simon_MacMichael   March 30, 2010  

Tour de France 2010 route hi-res

Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), organisers of the Tour de France, have confirmed the identity of the six teams that have received wild card invitations to this year’s race and Britain’s Team Sky is among them, giving Bradley Wiggins an opportunity to improve on last year’s surprise fourth place finish.

There’s no shortage of talent in the other five teams invited to line up for the Grand Départ in Rotterdam on 3rd July either, with Lance Armstrong’s Team RadioShack, world champion Cadel Evans’ BMC Racing, Garmin Transitions, Katusha and Cervélo Test Team, home of last year’s green jersey winner, Thor Hushovd.

Those six join 16 teams that held a ProTour licence on 25 September 2008 that had been guaranteed entry to the 2009 and 2010 editions of the race following an agreement between ASO and cycling’s governing body, the UCI.

With that leaving just six wild card places, and ASO left with little choice but to invite the high-profile teams that have sprung up in the last couple of years, Netherlands-based Professional Continental teams Skil-Shimano and Vacansoleil that might have hoped to take part in the Tour de France when it gets under way in their home country have been left disappointed.

To add insult to injury, one of the teams that has secured automatic selection is Italy’s Lampre-Farnese, which this year not only lost its ProTour licence but was also unable to secure Professional Continental status.

Meanwhile, ASO have confirmed that in line with a subsequent agreement with the UCI, entry to the 2011 edition of the race will be guaranteed for the top 17 teams in the UCI world rankings at the end of 2010, leaving five wild card places free.

The full list of the teams that will take part in this year’s Tour is:

Automatic selections:

Germany

Team Milram


Belgium

Quick Step
Omega Pharma-Lotto

Denmark

Team Saxo Bank

Spain

Caisse d’Epargne
Euskaltel-Euskadi

Footon-Servetto


USA

Team HTC-Columbia


France

AG2R La Mondiale

BBox Bouygues Telecom

Cofidis, le Crédit en ligne

Française des Jeux


Italy

Lampre-Farnese

Liquigas-Doimo


Kazakhstan

Astana


The Netherlands
Rabobank

Wild cards:

USA

Garmin-Transitions

Team RadioShack

BMC Racing Team


Great Britain
Team Sky


Russia
Katusha Team


Switzerland
Cervélo Test Team
 

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Team Sky for a podium place then!?!

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