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Paris-Roubaix invites seven wildcard teams for 2016

Paris-Roubaix organizers announced wildcard invitations Monday for the 2016 monument race, which takes place April 10. The line-up includes four French, two Belgian, and one German team, all UCI Pro Continental squads.

French organizer ASO picked Cofidis, Delko – Marseille, Direct Energie, and Fortuneo – Vital Concept — all French — as well as Topsport Vlaanderen and Wanty — Groupe Gobert from Belgium. German team Bora — Argon 18 also got the nod for the 257.5km cobbled classic race, which Giant — Alpecin’s John Degenkolb won last year.

In addition to the seven wildcards, cycling’s 18 WorldTour teams will also race, thanks to automatic invitations.

2016 Paris-Roubaix wildcard invitations

Bora — Argon 18 (G)
Cofidis (F)
Delko – Marseille (F)
Direct Energie (F)
Fortuneo – Vital Concept (F)
Topsport Vlaanderen (B)
Wanty — Groupe Gobert (B)