Four teams given Tour wild cards

French teams Cofidis, Saur-Sojasun and Team Europcar and Dutch outfit Argos-Shimano have been granted wild cards to take part in this year's Tour de France.


Each of the 18 ProTour teams will take part in the race along with four invited squads.

There were no big suprises in the list although French team Bretagne-Schuller, whose rider Florient Vachon won the Criterium first stage, would have expected an invitation.

Argos-Shimano, who were known as Project 1t4i when the season began, hope to clinch a stage victory and will rely on their German leader Marcel Kittel, who shone in the Vuelta last year.

The Tour start from Liege, Belgium, on June 30 and arrives in Paris on July 22.

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