Tour de France 2017 wildcard teams announced

Three French teams and one Belgian squad will join the 18 WorldTour squads in the 2017 Tour de France

The peloton in Paris on stage 21 of the 2016 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Tour de France organiser ASO has unveiled its four wildcard team selections for the 2017 race, which takes place over July 1-23.

French teams Cofidis, Direct Energie and Fortuneo-Vital Concept have been awarded places at the prestigious Grand Tour, along with Belgian outfit Wanty-Groupe Gobert, who ride the Tour for the first time.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.