Saturday 23 March 2019 at 21h30

While Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.) already announced the participation of a Belgian team (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and a French team (Cofidis, solutions crédits) next to the 18 UCI WorldTeams on 10 January, the organisor of the Tour de France yesterday announced the last two wildcards concerning the participation in the Tour de France 2019 which will start in Brussels in 106 days (on Saturday 6 July 2019).

Find out which are the 22 teams which will participate in this 106th edition of the Grande Boucle.


The 18 UCI WorldTeams

The UCI WorldTeams, a total of 18 teams, are invited by default to participate in the Tour de France. This year, the teams which were sure to participate thus are:
  • AG2R La Mondiale France
  • Astana Pro Team Kazakhstan
  • Bahrain-Merida Bahrain
  • Bora-Hansgrohe Germany
  • CCC Team Poland
  • Deceuninck - Quick-Step Belgium
  • EF Education First United States of America
  • Groupama-FDJ France
  • Lotto Soudal Belgium
  • Movistar Team Spain
  • Mitchelton-Scott Australia
  • Team Dimension Data South-Africa
  • Team Jumbo-Visma Netherlands
  • Team Katusha Alpecin Switzerland
  • Team Sky Great Britain
  • Team Sunweb Germany
  • Trek-Segafredo United States of America
  • UAE Team Emirates United Arab Emirates

The 4 wildcard invited teams

The 4 teams which have been invited by the organisor of the Tour de France and which complete the list of 22 teams which will come to the start of the Tour de France 2019 are:
  • Cofidis, solutions crédits France
  • Direct Energie France
  • Team Arkéa-Samsic France
  • Wanty-Groupe Gobert Belgium

The selected teams for participation in the Tour de France 2019

For the last two invitations, awarded to Direct Energie and Arkéa-Samsic, several other teams were expecting to receive one and most importantly Vital Concept-B&B Hôtels which thus is out of competition for the 2nd year of its existence.

Other teams, like for example Delko Marseille Provence, probaby haven't even been considered because the choice was already quite difficult between the two teams which got invited yesterday and Vital Concept-B&B Hôtels. In the end, names like Lilian Calmejane (stage winner in 2017), Adrien Petit and Niki Terpstra (7 participations in the Tour) for Direct Energie or Warren Barguil (KOM winner and two times stage winner in the Tour de France 2017) and André Greipel for Arkéa-Samsic apparently sounded better than those of Bryan Coquard (who has never had his chance to win a stage in his 3 participations between 2014 and 2016), Pierre Rolland (winner of two stages, in 2011 and 2012, and best young rider in 2011) and Arthur Vichot for Vital Concept-B&B Hôtels.

The team from Brittany is of course quite deceived while the other two teams happily communicate about their selection:
  • It was a big deception for the members of VITAL CONCEPT-B&B HOTELS this Friday morning to find out that the club won't participate in the Tour de France in July. Member of the Pro Continental Division for the second year in row, the team from Brittany legitimately hoped to get an invitation to be part of the biggest race in the World this year. After ASO's announcement of the list of twenty-two teams which have been selected for the next Tour de France, Jérôme Pineau, general manager of the club, shares his deception:

    "This announcement is very difficult for the whole club, staff, riders and fans. Our fifty employees and our sponsors do not understand that we can not participate in this major event of the international calendar.
    After our first season and since the start of 2019, we have proved being able to participate in the Tour de France and to animate it. This winter, we have listened to the comments and requests formulated by ASO and we have set up an all-terrain team based on this feedback, getting in new offensive and experimented riders who are capable to perform in the mountains. Despite that, it seems that's not enough. It's difficult to understand but it's up to us to show that the decision taken by the organisor of the Tour is not the right one. We'll continue to perform in order to get the results which will allow us to get in the picture for furture decisions and seasons.
    This "non-invitation" is of course some sort of a show stopper for our project but all its members and sponsors keep the faith. We have long term ambitions and the club has a future, with or without participation in the Tour de France 2019. There's a challenge to relieve and our sponsors, who are as disappointed as I am today, take note of this decision, and are conscient that we'll have to make even more efforts. Let's continue to go ahead in our direction, an innovative and ambitious one. Only by continuing our hard work we will be rewarded.

As a compensation effort, the Vital Concept-B&B Hôtels teams has again been invited this year to participate in the Critérium du Dauphiné, next to the 18 UCI WorldTeams and Cofidis, solutions crédits ; Team Arkéa-Samsic and Wanty-Groupe Gobert.


Want to know more about the Tour de France 2019?

Would you like to get all information about the Tour de France 2019? You can always check the other articles published on about this race and more importantly:

> Presentation of the race route: mountaineous and celebrating 100 years of the Yellow Jersey

> The race route of the first stages of the Tour de France 2019 on Open Street Maps/Google Earth

... and soon you'll find all news about the sponsors of the Tour de France 2019 (and yes, there is quite some news about that) and of course also the complete race route on Google Maps / Open Street Maps / Google Earth (as soon as possible, but that'll only be in June .. due to the late publication of the necessary data by the organisor)!

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  1. Je pense qu'ASO, pour le bien du Cyclisme (Pro) français aurait pu engager une 23e équipe.
    Histoire de ne pas dégouter les gros sponsors potentiels de l'hexagone d'investir dans le cyclisme.

    L'argument numéro 1, le nombre de coureurs qui engendrerait plus de chutes ne me convainc pas.
    En 2017 nous avions au départ 22 équipes de 9 coureurs, soit 198 coureurs.
    En 2018 nous avions au départ 22 équipes de 8 coureurs, soit 176 coureurs.

    Avoir au départ du Tour 2019 23 équipes de 8 coureurs, soit 184 coureurs, serait quand même un peloton inférieur de 14 unités que celui de 2017 non?

    J'ai vu des chutes cette année avec des pelotons bien moindres...


    | Pierre LACOUE | Saturday 30 March 2019 om 12h56

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