Nairo Quintana, Nacer Bouhanni and Warren Barguil will all get the risk to trip the Excursion de France this summer season as Arkea-Samsic had been passed probably the most ultimate two wildcard slots along B&B Resorts-Necessary Idea.
Race organiser ASO introduced on Tuesday the general 3 groups for this yr’s race that can take to the Great starting point along the 19 WorldTour groups, with Circus-Wanty Gobert lacking out.
It used to be an all French affair with Arkea-Samsic and B&B Resorts becoming a member of Direct Energie, who had already earned their area by way of being ranked the primary UCI ProTeam (previously ProContinental) of 2019.
Arkea-Samsic made a chain of high-profile signings within the low season, similar to a couple of Grand Excursion winner Quintana, with the ambition of racing each the Excursion and Vuelta a Espana for total honours.
Whilst the probabilities of a Vuelta invite appear narrow, their spot on the Excursion has now been showed.
B&B Resorts-Necessary Idea’s invite sees Belgian crew Circus-Need Gobert – previously Wanty Groupe Gobert – snubbed by way of the race for the primary time since 2016.
The Belgian crew will as an alternative need to accept an invitation to the Criterium du Dauphine previous within the season.
This summer season can be B&B Resorts-Necessary Idea’s first Excursion de France since introduction in 2018, permitting the likes of Bryan Coquard the risk to race their house excursion.
The 3 French wildcard groups invited to this yr’s race will sign up for the prevailing 3 French WorldTour groups – Groupama-FDJ, AG2R Los angeles Mondiale and Cofidis – to make six house groups on the Excursion, the absolute best quantity for a decade.
This yr’s Excursion can even see the primary Israeli crew compete with Israel Get started-Up Country becoming a member of the WorldTour.
The collection of invited groups to Grand Excursions dropped from 4 to 3 in 2020 after Cofidis earned themselves a WorldTour licence, upping the collection of groups in biking’s best flight to 19.
Excursion de France wildcard groups 2020
B&B Resorts – Necessary Idea