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Leadbelly

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I think Dupont might have had an injury/niggle and that's why he wasn't at the Tour, and tbh you can understand them wanting to have some of their better riders at Wallonie - it is their home race after all.

On the other hand Van Melsen was a strange selection for the Tour, but ASO declared afterwards that they were more than happy with Wanty and their showing as a wildcard team. Martin and Meurisse even picked up a decent haul of UCI points. The duo would probably confirm however that they were not easy ones.

The only team that has entertained this thought to my knowledge is ICA and that was solely for the Giro, where they didn't send Hermans (California was his intended destination, but he got injured) or TVA (easier points in Norway that didn't materialize).
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