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Teams selection of the Tour de France 2013: the wildcards announced - 100% French

Added: saturday 27 April 2013 at 21:26:00
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    Teams selection of the Tour de France 2013: the wildcards announced - 100% FrenchIn 63 days, the Tour de France 2013 will start on Corsica. The organisor of the Grande Boucle didn't announce the selected teams however and with only two months to go till the start people started wondering which teams would be the happy ones.

    Today was the big day, the wildcards have been announced, and they were awarded to 3 French teams.

    The selected teams for the Tour de France 2013

    As you probaly know, the Tour de France is a UCI WorldTour race and the UCI ProTeams thus participate by default.

    The 19 UCI ProTeams

    This year, following the initial non acceptation for the UCI ProTeam licence attribution to the Katusha team, followed by its comeback as a UCI ProTeam based on the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, the default selection thus went up to 19 teams instead of 18 usually.

    In alphabetical order these are the following teams:

    FRAG2R La Mondiale
    KAZAstana Pro Team
    NLBlanco Pro Cycling Team
    USABMC Racing Team
    ITCannondale Pro Cycling
    ESEuskaltel – Euskadi
    FRFDJ
    USAGarmin-Sharp
    RUSKatusha
    ITLampre-Merida
    BELLotto-Belisol
    ESMovistar Team
    BELOmega Pharma – QuickStep Cycling Team
    AUSOrica GreenEDGE
    LUXRadioShack-Leopard
    UKSky Procycling
    NLTeam Argos-Shimano
    DKTeam Saxo-Tinkoff
    NLVacansoleil–DCM Pro Cycling Team

    The invited teams

    Since the Tour de France can allow a place for 22 teams in total, there were thus only 3 wildcards to be awarded, with which the organisor can invite other teams in addition to the UCI ProTeams, while Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) can usually chose 4 additional teams.

    ASO doesn't indicate which criteria were used to get to the selection of the 3 happy teams, but among the candidate teams (Bretagne-Séché Environnement, Cofidis solutions crédits, IAM Cycling, Sojasun, Team Europcar, Team NetApp-Endura), 3 French teams were invited. Indeed, Cofidis solutions crédits, Sojasun and Team Europcar will come to the start of the 100th Tour de France in Porto-Vecchio!

    Looking at the sports results on a website like the superb CQRanking (CQ for Cycling Quotient) for example, we clearly see that the selection pretty much corresponds to the sports results:
    > Bretagne-Séché Environnement : 1 victort
    > Cofidis solutions crédits : 3 victories, 2 second places and 5 third places
    > IAM Cycling : 2 victories, 4 second places and 2 third places
    > Sojasun : 3 victories, 1 second place and 2 third places
    > Team Europcar : 14 victories, 9 second places and 2 third places

    Even though it's never funny for the teams which were not selected, there doesn't seem to be any reason to contest or discuss this selection! We'll see on the roads of France (yes indeed, the Tour de France 2013 is the first since several years to never leave the French borders!).
    The Tour de France 2013 teams

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. Bonjour Thomas,

    Pour les sélections, notons également les trois premières places au classement Europe-tour des trois françaises.

    Après, au niveau de l'effectif même, il est impossible de se passer d'Europcar, ni de Cofidis nouvelle version.
    Quant à Sojasun, je pense qu'elle n'a pas sa place, mais IAM Cycling est moins bien classée et a pas mal de coureurs qui ont du mal à suivre le rythme en course (malgré une ossature intéressante), c'est dommage mais elle aurait pu jouer un rôle dans chaque étape et en montagne.

    | Aurélien M. | saturday 27 April 2013 at 22:31:57

  2. Agritubel n'aurait pas du etre sur les TDF auxquelles elle a participe sur des criteres uniquement sportifs... et pourtant!!!
    Perso; j'aurai bien voulu voir Bretagne-Seche dans un role similaire et parcequ'ils auraient joues a domicile sur 3 Etapes.

    | ctrdy01 | sunday 28 April 2013 at 4:28:43

  3. "Allez les "CH'TIS" Cofidis !!!!........

    | HONORÉ BONNET | sunday 28 April 2013 at 10:15:05

  4. @Aurélien : effectivement, mais ces places au classement Europe Tour sont le résultat justement (notamment) des places d'honneur mentionnées dans l'article. Comme le classement Europe Tour reste assez inconnu, j'ai préféré parler des places d'honneur ;-).

    | Thomas Vergouwen | sunday 28 April 2013 at 12:07:27

  5. Bonsoir Thomas,

    le classement europe tour est en effet bizarre.
    Il est décrit p. 62-63 du PDF suivant :
    http://www.uci.ch/Modules/BUILTIN/getObject.asp?MenuId=MTk1OQ&ObjTypeCode=FILE&type=FILE&id=34032&

    les courses d'un jour et les courses par étape apportent autant de points, les points étapes sont importants et même le port du maillot de leader est pris en compte.

    Bonne soirée

    | Aurélien M. | wednesday 01 May 2013 at 23:03:12

  6. Bonjour à toutes et à tous.

    En rapport avec le Tour de France 2013, j'ai écris un papier sur mon blog (romanolmbc95.over-blog.fr) pour faire un point sur les éventuels favoris de ce 100ème Tour de France. Toutes vos critiques sont les bienvenues.

    Bonne soirée ! Et bravo Arnaud Démare pour les 4 jours de Dunkerque :D

    | Romain L. | friday 03 May 2013 at 20:54:17

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