French teams Arkea-Samsic and Direct Energie have been selected for the final two 2019 Tour de France wildcard slots joining Cofidis, Wanty-Groupe Gobert and the 18 WorldTour outfits.
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Cycling Central

23 Mar 2019 - 5:44 AM 

The Arkea-Samsic selection means perennial fan favourites sprinter Andre Greipel and climber Warren Barguil will suit up on 6 July 6 in Brussels.

The news gives Greipel, in particular, a welcome second chance to reclaim past glory after he took a step down to the ProContinental level following a long and successful tenure with WorldTour team Lotto Soudal, where he won 11 Tour stages.

“I was on the bike when I got the news, it’s fantastic, not just for me but for the whole team and the sponsors," he said.

"Last year, I took a chance when I joined Arkea-Samsic, I wasn’t sure I would ride the Tour de France and at the beginning of the season, I did not bring the results that were expected from me.

"The Tour de France has always been a dream for me and I have often performed there. Last year I was disappointed not to reach Paris and not to win a stage.

"I am happy to be back on the greatest race in the world to give everything and get a good result. I feel lucky that I will discover the Tour riding for a French team."

Teams for the 2019 Tour de France
AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)
Astana (KAZ)
Bahrain-Merida (BRN)
BORA-hansgrohe (GER)
CCC Team (POL)
Cofidis (FRA) 
Deceuninck-QuickStep (BEL)
Direct Energie (FRA)
EF Education First (USA)
Groupama-FDJ (FRA)
Lotto Soudal (BEL)
Movistar (ESP)
Mitchelton-Scott (AUS)
Arkéa-Samsic (FRA)
Dimension Data (RSA)
Jumbo-Visma (NED)
Katusha-Alpecin (SUI)
Team Sky (GBR)
Sunweb (GER)
Trek-Segafredo (USA)
UAE Team Emirates (UAE)
Wanty-Groupe Gobert (BEL)