Final Two Wildcard Teams Announced for 2020 Tour de France
Two french squads get the call-up
Colombia’s two-time runner-up Nairo Quintana will compete in this year’s Tour de France after race organizers on Tuesday handed his Akea-Samsic team a wildcard, along with a second French team, B&B Hotels.
The invitations take to six the number of French teams in the 22-strong line-up that will take part in cycling’s most prestigious race, starting June 27 in Nice.
The 29-year-old Quintana, a specialist climber who is a consistent contender in the overall standings of stage races, won the 2014 Giro d’Italia and 2016 Vuelta a Espana, as well as finishing second in the Tour de France in both 2013 and 2015.
The Colombian’s team includes fellow climber Warren Barguil, who won two mountain stages and the mountains classification of the 2017 Tour de France.
“Quintana-Barguil, the ticket looks great for a mountainous Tour!” race organizer Christian Prudhomme said after announcing the two wildcards.
B&B Hotels, formerly known as Vital Concept in 2019 swapped title sponsors for the new season. The French squad is set with veterans like Pierre Roland and Tom-Jelte Slagter alongside the power house Bryan Coquard.
TOTAL DIRECT ENERGIE
Furthermore, the Total Direct Energie Team, the leader of the 2019 classification of UCI ProTour will take part in the Tour de France 2020 as well.
19 WORLDTOUR TEAMS INVITED
In accordance with Union Cycliste Internationale rules, the following UCI WorldTour teams are automatically invited to the race :
- AG2R La Mondiale
- Astana Pro Team
- Bahrain – McLaren
- Bora – Hansgrohe
- CCC Team
- Deceuninck – Quick-Step
- EF Pro Cycling
- Groupama – FDJ
- Israel Start-Up Nation
- Lotto Soudal
- Mitchelton – Scott
- Movistar Team
- NTT Pro Cycling Team
- Team Ineos
- Team Jumbo – Visma
- Team Sunweb
- Trek – Segafredo
- UAE Team Emirates