Total Direct Energie boss unhappy at sacrificing racing style to secure WorldTour wildcard

Jean-René Bernaudeau says racing became a 'numbers game' as his team looked to secure enough points to top the Pro-Continental rankings

Lilian Calmejane of Total Direct Energie (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto)

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Total Direct Energie boss, Jean-René Bernaudeau, has spoken out against his team having to sacrifice their racing style in order to secure a wildcard entry to WorldTour races next year.

The French team accumulated enough points to finish atop the Pro-Continental rankings and therefore receive a wildcard entry to any and all WorldTour events in 2020. However, Bernaudeau has said this structure makes bike races "boring" and a "numbers game".

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