Tour in Paris

Following the breakdown in negotiations between the three leading race organisers and the UCI over the future of the ProTour, the organisers have announced that they will invite 18 leading teams to ride their races in 2007 and offer only four wild card places for the Giro d?Italia, Tour de France and Vuelta Espana.

In a statement published in Italian by the Giro d'Italia press office, AG2R Prévoyance, Bouygues Telecom, Caisse d?Epargne-Illes Balears, Cofidis, Crédit Agricole, Davitamon-Lotto, Discovery Channel, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Française des Jeux, Gerolsteiner, Lampre-Fondital, Liquigas, Quickstep-Innergetic, Rabobank, Saunier Duval-Prodir, T Mobile Team, Team CSC and Team Milram were all officially invited to ride the 11 races organised by the three organisers. There was no mention of the troubled Astana team.

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