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Tour de France 2013 Wild Cards

Europcar
100
32%
Cofidis - Solutions Crédits
97
31%
Sojasun
74
23%
Bretagne - Séché Environnement
6
2%
IAM Cycling
21
7%
NetApp - Endura
7
2%
Colombia
10
3%
Others
1
0%
 
Total votes : 316

23 Feb 2013 10:03

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.
Waterloo Sunrise
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27 Apr 2013 09:16

Cofidis, Saur and Europcar.

The only right choice, though.
Nastyy
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27 Apr 2013 10:06

Nastyy wrote:Cofidis, Saur and Europcar.

The only right choice, though.

TDF wild card selection is the non-event of the year. No-brainer.
janraaskalt
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27 Apr 2013 10:42

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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27 Apr 2013 12:59

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.
RHRH19861986
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27 Apr 2013 13:05

It was a non-decision.

Of those interested three teams were the best, and they were also French.
Cancellara is like The Black Album. Really good but way overrated.
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27 Apr 2013 13:33

Probably should have invited Europcar only and gone in with 20 teams.
Ferminal
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27 Apr 2013 13:38

I so called this one.










:D
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27 Apr 2013 13:45

RHRH19861986 wrote: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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