Team Sky must impress to secure Tour de France invite

Andy Schleck, Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong, Tour de France 2010 presentation

Team Sky may be confident of a place in the Tour de France next season, but nobody will be taking anything for granted until they get their invite in the post.

Because of the agreement brokered between the Tour's organiser, ASO, and the UCI in September 2008, 16 teams are guaranteed a place in next year's race.

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