Tour de France organizers have finally revealed this season’s wild card teams. The decision became public by race organizers; the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) with the four squads now set to give their best at the three-week Tour de France that starts on July 7, 2018.
🚲⭐ SÉLECTION DES ÉQUIPES 🚲⭐ / 🚲⭐ TEAMS SELECTION 🚲⭐
— Le Tour de France (@LeTour) January 8, 2018
Direct Energie, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Team Fortuneo-Samsic and Cofidis Solutions Crédits are the selected teams that are warded wildcard entries to this season’s Tour de France. Three of the four selected teams are based in France while the Belgian squad, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, seemed to deserve the selection after giving an impressive performances at the last year’s Tour.
— Team Fortuneo Samsic (@Fortuneo_Samsic) January 8, 2018
Now, the selected teams have officially become part of the 18 UCI WorldTour teams who receive automatic invitations to the Tour de France.
Unfortunately, the decision didn’t seem to please many teams whose hopes were high like Vital Concept. The squad thought that its sprinter Bryan Coquard might be more than enough to earn a well-deserved spot.
— Team COFIDIS (@TeamCOFIDIS) January 8, 2018
The four selected teams for each race are:
– Tour de France: Cofidis, (Fra), Direct Energie (Fra), Team Fortuneo-Samsic (Fra), Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bel).
– Paris-Nice: Cofidis (Fra), Delko Marseille Provence (Fra), Direct Energie (Fra), Team Fortuneo-Samsic (Fra).
– Criterium du Dauphine: Cofidis, Team Fortuneo-Samsic (Fra), Vital Concept (Fra), Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bel).