French teams suffer in UCI's ProTeam rankings

Cofidis, Vuelta a Espana 2010, stage six

French cycling is dealing with the blow of the UCI's new ProTeam rankings. Due to the new selection criteria, the historical cycling nation with the world's biggest race will have only one team in the top division next year: Ag2r La Mondiale with Nicolas Roche.

"I expected it a little. I am obliged to accept it," Cofidis General Manger Eric Boyer told France's La Voix du Nord newspaper. "I am glad that at least one French team keeps its place at the highest level of the world circuit."

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.