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View Poll Results: Tour de France 2013 Wild Cards
Europcar 100 93.46%
Cofidis - Solutions Crédits 97 90.65%
Sojasun 74 69.16%
Bretagne - Séché Environnement 6 5.61%
IAM Cycling 21 19.63%
NetApp - Endura 7 6.54%
Colombia 10 9.35%
Others 1 0.93%
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Old 02-23-13, 10:03
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What a pointless discussion.

If this was the sort of thing bookies offered odds on, the 3 big French teams would be 10-1 on.
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Old 04-27-13, 09:16
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Cofidis, Saur and Europcar.

The only right choice, though.
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Old 04-27-13, 10:06
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Cofidis, Saur and Europcar.

The only right choice, though.
TDF wild card selection is the non-event of the year. No-brainer.
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Old 04-27-13, 10:42
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I would've prefered if the would've given Bretagne the chance instead of Sojasun. Feillu seems do have not much left from his early talent (Should've stayed with Vacansoleil in the end).

In the end it's okay. Europcar is a must have for the tour. And also Cofidis has got some strong riders. Sojasun in the end with Hivert and Feilliu are not better or worse than IAM with Lövkvist and Haussler. Both haven't follow through their talents in past years (Except Hivert maybe) . But Sojasun is French so it's an obvious choice.

Colombia has shown nothing so far this season. Maybe they could gain an invite for the Vuelta if Chaves is back to do something in the general classification. But in some way I would still prefer to give that wildcard to another team.

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As I wrote in LBL thread last Sunday, Cofidis-Europcar-Sojasun was the most likely decision.

Europcar is clear, they are a strong team, and the sponsor will have secured Tour invitation.

Cofidis will have had to rely on the sponsor to make clear they are in. Sporting wise, after this spring, no chance. Could be a signal, though:
Possibility 1: As long as Cofidis sponsors a team, and the team is no lower than PCT, and as long as TdF exists , no matter how they ride, they are guaranteed a spot.
Possibility 2: ASO give them a chance, and express their will to not invite them again in 2014 if they have a spring like that second year in a row.

Sojasun are equal, roster wise and success wise, to IAM, who are in their first year; I´d have preferred IAM, to be honest.

Bretagne without any chance, NetApp the same.
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It was a non-decision.

Of those interested three teams were the best, and they were also French.
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Probably should have invited Europcar only and gone in with 20 teams.
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I so called this one.










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Old 04-27-13, 13:45
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As I wrote in LBL thread last Sunday, Cofidis-Europcar-Sojasun was the most likely decision.

Europcar is clear, they are a strong team, and the sponsor will have secured Tour invitation.

Cofidis will have had to rely on the sponsor to make clear they are in. Sporting wise, after this spring, no chance. Could be a signal, though:
Possibility 1: As long as Cofidis sponsors a team, and the team is no lower than PCT, and as long as TdF exists , no matter how they ride, they are guaranteed a spot.
Possibility 2: ASO give them a chance, and express their will to not invite them again in 2014 if they have a spring like that second year in a row.

Sojasun are equal, roster wise and success wise, to IAM, who are in their first year; I´d have preferred IAM, to be honest.

Bretagne without any chance, NetApp the same.
Probably why IAM did not get one. Their first year and the results have been missing but Cofidis have not done much either. I think it's ok that the organisers have discretion. Vuelta and Giro also favour their own.
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