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Roubaix wildcards:

COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS
DELKO MARSEILLE PROVENCE
DIRECT ÉNERGIE
TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC
VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS
ROOMPOT – CHARLES
WANTY – GOBERT CYCLING TEAM

so no van der Poel. Topsport (for the 2nd year in a row) and Wallonie are missing as well, from the usual suspects. Instead, Wanty is back on board
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    http://www.biciciclismo.com/es/la-volta-anuncia-los-seis-invitados-15-01-2019

    Catalunya wildcards:

    Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
    Euskadi - Murias
    Arkea Samsic
    Cofidis
    Roompot Charles
    Wanty Groupe Gobert

    No Burgos!

    looks like they found a way in

    https://twitter.com/VoltaCatalunya/status/1087374371612778496
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    Roubaix wildcards:

    COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS
    DELKO MARSEILLE PROVENCE
    DIRECT ÉNERGIE
    TEAM ARKEA – SAMSIC
    VITAL CONCEPT – B&B HOTELS
    ROOMPOT – CHARLES
    WANTY – GOBERT CYCLING TEAM

    so no van der Poel. Topsport (for the 2nd year in a row) and Wallonie are missing as well, from the usual suspects. Instead, Wanty is back on board

    #corendon van der Poel preferred not to race the P-R, he´ll race in the Flanders classic and the Amstel Gold Race and the Paris-Roubaix in addition to that, would be too much.
    Corendon doesn’t have a large squad of riders capable of much in the P-R. I think they gladly passed the opportunity to another team.
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    It's ASO wildcard week ...

    Flèche Wallonne:
    *fr #cofidis Cofidis
    *es #murias Euskadi Murias
    *il #academy Israel Cycling Academy
    *us #rally Rally UHC Cycling
    *be #vlaanderen Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
    *be #wanty Wanty-Gobert
    *be #wallonie Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Liège-Bastogne-Liège:
    *fr #cofidis Cofidis
    *fr #direct Direct Energie
    *fr #arkea Arkéa-Samsic
    *fr #vital Vital Concept-B&B Hotels
    *be #vlaanderen Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
    *be #wanty Wanty-Gobert
    *be #wallonie Wallonie-Bruxelles

    While the wildcard picks for LBL are rather conservative - only French and Belgian teams, ASO has always been a bit more experimental at the Flèche. #israel, #murias & #rally get a chance to show what they are and could be added to the list of possible future ASO Grand Tour invitees. :shh


    The parcous for the Flèche stays largely unchanged:


    But LBL changes its final substantially, moving the finish line from Ans to the centre of Liège and thus replacing both the Côte de Saint-Nicolas and the uphill drag to the finish with a flat downhill/flat final from the Roche-aux-Faucons:
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    CEGORR teams

    No PCT invites. Will any bother going to Australia if only one race (Herald Sun) is on the table?

    None bothered this year. Only twelve teams on the start list (thirteen if you count Team Jolidon) for the Herald Sun.
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    Only twelve teams on the start list (thirteen if you count Team Jolidon) for the Herald Sun.
    So, twelve. :P
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    https://twitter.com/tds/status/1087745685036941313

    quite an unusual kind of selection, for Tour de Suisse standards. I like it :cool

    It probably means that #direct Direct Energie expects to miss out on a Dauphine invitation, I guess.
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    and talking about Tour de France prep races...

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    quite an unusual kind of selection, for Tour de Suisse standards. I like it :cool

    https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2019/01/22/1548146560/svizzera-un-nuovo-colpo-alle-professional-tuttobiciweb

    TuttoBici are bemoaning the presence of the Swiss National team.

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    The discussion on the actual usefulness of a wildcard granted to the Swiss national selection remains open : in a WorldTour competition, which will also see runners who will refine the preparation for the Tour de France and which has always been considered quite tough given the track full of climbs . The risk of getting rid of the boys who are not yet ready to face such a commitment is really very high .

    Plus, it takes away from the Professional lineups, more and more hanging from the thin line of wildcards to continue their competitive adventure, a very important chance.

    The speech will also be repeated for the Tour of Romandie

    I'm okay with them being there, but I do think WT races in general should be looking to use up more of their wildcard slots. Money is probably the reason they don't.
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    well, I guess this likely to be a team of guys like Page, Pellaud, Schelling, Stüssi or so and some youngsters like Bissegger. Competitiveness will not be an issue
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    https://www.tuttobiciweb.it/article/2019/01/22/1548146560/svizzera-un-nuovo-colpo-alle-professional-tuttobiciweb

    TuttoBici are bemoaning the presence of the Swiss National team.
    I don't agree with TuttoBici.

    There are really only five countries that have enough riders in pro teams to give them all a chance at riding the national WT races: France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The 'big five', if you will.

    For a long time, only certain WT races (deemed to be in 'developing' countries, cycling-wise)[1] could invite their national team - and the Tour de Suisse wasn't one of them.
    That rule has been changed now, and for the better: There are several Swiss riders who are good enough for a WT race but who (for various reasons) didn't get a pro contract. Inviting a national team gives them the chance to show themselves.

    As search says, competitiveness will not be an issue at all.

    I'm okay with them being there, but I do think WT races in general should be looking to use up more of their wildcard slots. Money is probably the reason they don't.
    Yes, this is an issue of sorts. There are several WT races that hand out only a few wildcards, and I don't think it's always due to lack of interest.

    Money is definitely the reason behind. At stage races, the organiser has to cover team accommodation. Inviting only 2-3 extra teams instead of seven saves real money: Every PCT is entitled to a participation allowance of 3500 € on top of the accommodation for 7 riders + 7 staff.
    Every extra team costs a nine-day race such as the Tour de Suisse an estimated 10 000 € at least (and that's a low calculation). By only inviting three wildcard teams, they save 40 000 to 50 000 €.
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     The Tour of Sicily returns from the dead, at the start of April.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1088422068297875458

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    https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/continental/le-samyn-2019-annunciate-le-squadre-anche-androni-e-amorevita-al-via/

    Teams for Le Samyn:

    WorldTour

    AG2R La Mondiale
    Deceuninck-Quick-Step
    Lotto-Soudal

    Professional

    Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
    Arkéa-Samsic
    Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
    Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
    Corendon-Circus
    Direct Energie
    Israel Cycling Academy
    Roompot-Charles
    Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
    Vital Concept-B&B Hôtels
    Wallonie-Bruxelles
    Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team

    Continental

    Amore & Vita-Prodir
    Canyon DHB P/B Bloor Homes
    Cibel
    Differdange-Geba
    Leopard Pro Cycling
    LVIV Cycling Team
    Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole
    Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling
    Tarteletto-Isorex
    Wiggins-Le Col
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    https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/71835/tour-du-haut-var-2019-les-18-equipes-engagees

    Teams for Haut-Var:

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    AG2R La Mondiale
    Groupama-FDJ
    Trek-Segafredo
    EF Education First-Drapac

    Continental Pro

    Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
    Delko Marseille Provence
    Direct Energie
    Team Arkéa-Samsic
    Vital Concept-B&B Hôtels
    Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
    Burgos-BH
    Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
    Israel Cycling Academy
    Riwal-Readynez Cycling Team
    Wallonie-Bruxelles

    Continental

    St-Michel-Auber 93
    Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole
    Sovac

    Final stage finishes on Mont Faron.
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    https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/continental/le-samyn-2019-annunciate-le-squadre-anche-androni-e-amorevita-al-via/

    Teams for Le Samyn:

    [...]

    Continental

    Amore & Vita-Prodir
    Canyon DHB P/B Bloor Homes
    Cibel
    Differdange-Geba
    Leopard Pro Cycling
    LVIV Cycling Team
    Natura4ever-Roubaix-Lille Métropole
    Swiftcarbon Pro Cycling
    Tarteletto-Isorex
    Wiggins-Le Col

    interesting choice of teams there, with Amore, Lviv and all those British guys. For #wiggins Wiggins it makes sense to give Pidcock a chance to do some pro races on the cobbles of course, but most of the others will struggle big time, I guess
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    and here are the RCS wildcards for this season:

    GIRO D’ITALIA (11 May - 2 June) – 4 wild cards (22 teams of 8 riders each)
    •   #androni ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI - SIDERMEC (ITA)
    •   #bardiani BARDIANI CSF (ITA)
    •   #academy ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY (ISR)
    •   #nippo NIPPO - VINI FANTINI - FAIZANÈ (ITA)

    STRADE BIANCHE NAMEDSPORT (9 March) – 3 wild cards (21 teams of 7 riders each)
    •   #neri NERI SOTTOLI SELLE ITALIA KTM (ITA)
    •   #nippo NIPPO - VINI FANTINI - FAIZANÈ (ITA)
    •   #vital VITAL CONCEPT - B&B HOTELS (FRA)

    TIRRENO-ADRIATICO NAMEDSPORT (13-19 March) – 5 wild cards (23 teams of 7 riders each)
    •   #bardiani BARDIANI CSF (ITA)
    •   #cofidis COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS (FRA)
    •   #gazprom GAZPROM - RUSVELO (RUS)
    •   #academy ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY (ISR)
    •   #neri NERI SOTTOLI SELLE ITALIA KTM (ITA)

    MILANO-SANREMO NAMEDSPORT (23 March) – 7 wild cards (25 teams of 7 riders each)
    •   #androni ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI - SIDERMEC (ITA)
    •   #bardiani BARDIANI CSF (ITA)
    •   #cofidis COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS (FRA)
    •   #direct DIRECT ENERGIE (FRA)
    •   #academy ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY (ISR)
    •   #neri NERI SOTTOLI SELLE ITALIA KTM (ITA)
    •   #novonordisk TEAM NOVO NORDISK (USA)
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    ICA can take a team of sprinters to MSR and just see who can get over the lumps at the end the best.
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    Only twelve teams on the start list (thirteen if you count Team Jolidon) for the Herald Sun.
    Checking back, they have only twelve men's teams on the HST website by now, with Team Jolidon (apparently called Essen-CBT this year and with a Syrian (!) license) de-listed.
    No surprise there.
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    The African road champs, scheduled for 13-19 February, are postponed to an undefined date due to an 'important meeting of African heads of state during the period' in Ethiopia.
    New date may (or may not) be set in early March.
    :S
    "This is Africa" comes to mind. :(

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    https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/worldtour/e3-harelbeke-2019-annunciate-le-sette-wildcard/

    Wildcards for E3:

    Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
    Wanty-Groupe Gobert
    Wallonie-Bruxelles
    Roompot-Charles
    Cofidis Solutions Crédits
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    https://ciclism.sibiu.ro/en/echipele.html

    Teams for Sibiu:

    Androni Giocattoli - Sidermec
    Gazprom - RusVelo
    303 Project
    Adria Mobil
    Akros - Thömus
    Biesse Carrera
    CCC Development Team
    Cycling Team Friuli
    D'Amico UM Tools
    Elkov - Author
    EvoPro Racing
    Giotti Victoria
    Kometa Cycling Team
    Massi Vivo Grupo Oresy
    Monkey Town - à Bloc Continental Team
    Pannon Cycling Team
    Sangemini - Trevigiani - MG.K Vis
    Team Hurom
    Team Illuminate
    Team Novák
    National Team Romania
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    quite a lot of newcomers this year with 303, Biesse, Friuli, EvoPro, Kometa and Pannon. There may be another PCT team to come as well (not too difficult to guess which one)
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    Dwars Dr Vlaander must be one of the worst cycling twitter handles there is
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    https://twitter.com/Amstelgoldrace/status/1093057096894033923

    Bardiani is back in instead of Nippo, after a one year hiatus (they came 3rd with Colbrelli in 2016, did nothing of note the other three years) + Corendon replacing Aqua Blue
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