Bryan Coquard omitted from Direct Energie Tour de France squad after contract snub

The French sprinter has come closest to a stage win at the Tour for Direct Energie, but won't go to the 2017 edition after rejecting a new contract with the team

Disappointment: Bryan coquard sits dejected after missing out to Marcel Kittel for the victory on stage four.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Bryan Coquard won't be riding the Tour de France this year after missing out on selection for the Direct Energie squad.

The French sprinter came the closest of any Direct Energie rider to winning a coveted Tour stage in the team's brief history, missing out on victory in a photo finish with Marcel Kittel on stage four of the 2016 race.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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