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More races are filling out their respective pelotons for upcoming events, with Paris-Nice and Amstel Gold Race announcing four additional teams for each race.
The 70th “Race to the Sun” will include 18 pre-registered ProTeam squads for the season’s first major stage race, set for March 4-11.
In what’s no surprise, three French teams make up four of the invitations, with Cofidis, Saur-Sojasun and Europcar getting nods. Rounding out the peloton will be former Skil-Shimano, Project 1t4I, with Marcel Kittel leading a team that’s in the pole position to gain a berth in July’s Tour de France.
Project 1t4I also netted an invitation for the Dutch classic, Amstel Gold Race, set for April 15 in Holland’s Limburg region.
Three other Belgian teams – Topsport Vlaanderen-Mercator, Accent Jobs-Willems and Landbouwkrediet – also earned starting spots for the hilly Dutch classic that opens the Ardennes week.
All four netted spots for the Tour of Flanders, along with Europcar and Farnese Vini.
Teams selected for Paris-Nice
AG2R LA MONDIALE
ASTANA PRO TEAM
BMC RACING TEAM
EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI
GREENEDGE CYCLING TEAM
LAMPRE – ISD
LOTTO BELISOL TEAM
RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM
SKY PRO CYCLING
TEAM SAXO BANK
VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM
Plus the four other teams, invited by the organisers, will make up the field for the 70th edition of Paris-Nice:
COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE
SAUR – SOJASUN