Circus-Wanty Gobert doesn't figure on the list of selected teams for the 107th edition of the Tour de France which will start in Nice at the end of June. The organizer, ASO, did attribute an invitation for all one day classics (Paris-Roubaix, Flèche Wallonne, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Frankfurt, etc), in accordance to the UCI rules, but also for the Critérium du Dauphiné, in which the Belgian team will take part for a fifth consecutive time. The UCI Pro Team, second team in the second division in de UCI World Ranking 2019, won't participate in its fourth consecutive Tour de France, but is extra motivated to earn an automatic invitation for the 2021 edition.
Jean-François Bourlart :
« Christian Prudhomme contacted me this morning to announce our non-selection for the Tour de France. It was of course a difficult decision for him to take, and even more for us to hear, but we accept it. We had the chance to be invited for the three last editions, to battle on the roads of the Tour during 63 days, to enhance our team and our functioning, and to consolidate our partnerships. »
« We didn't win the Pro Continental team classification, in contrary to the three previous years. The difference of 64 points with Total-Direct Energie has a big consequence. We know what to do in 2020. We'll concentrate all our energy on finishing best Pro Team in the World Ranking and on trying to race wel 'tactically'. The greatest glory is not to never fall, but to bounce back after each crash! Our nice project in cyclocross will help us to overcome this little disappointment. Our long terms goals stay the same. I want to thank ASO for its confidence the past three years and I wish the best of luck to teams who have the chance to ride this beautiful Tour in 2020. »