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So, beside the Pro-Tour teams, the following teams got a wildcard to participate in the three biggest races in cycling next season...

- TOUR de France = Agritubel (Fra) and Comunidad Valenciana (Spa)
- GIRO d'Italia = Panaria (Ita) and Selle Italia (Col)
- VUELTA a Espana = Comunidad Valenciana (Spa) and Relax (Spa)

Expected ones... but I believe the Belgian continental teams (Unibet / Lanbdbouwkrediet) were quite upset... personally I think it's a pity Kaiku didn't get an invitation for La Vuelta.

Pro-Tour teams:
Belgium
Quick Step
Davitamon
Denmark
CSC
France
AG2R Prévoyance
Bouygues Telecom
Cofidis
Crédit Agricole
FDJeux.com
Germany
Gerolsteiner
T-Mobile
Italy
Liquigas
Milram (ex: Domina Vac.)
Lampre
Netherlands
Rabobank
Spain
Euskaltel-Euskadi
Caisse d'Epargne (ex: Illes Bal)
Liberty Seguros
Saunier Duval
Switzerland
Phonak Cycling Team
USA
Discovery Channel

Anyone knows why the Wild Cards have to be given in such an early stage of the season? And someone knows or there are still possibly things to change?

It's almost impossible to know which teams deserve a Wild Card for the Vuelta for example which is just in 6 months... :googly:
 

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Unibet does have a point. They have much better riders than some of the teams that did get a wild card. Still, that is how the system works. There are now criteria and let's face it they are there for the orginasers to let in their 'countrymen' and 'friends'.
 

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New criteria or not (what are they actually?), it's always been like this. As long as Unibet doesn't have a Spanish/French/Italian (co-)sponser it doesn't stand a chance.
 
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