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Australian's 2015 Tinkoff-Saxo team bike
Winner of the 2015 Tour Down Under
New and old kicks and lids seen at WorldTour race
Spectators in the Arenberg Forest try to catch a glimpse of the oncoming riders.
Seven wildcards in addition to 18 WorldTour squads
The Amaury Sport Organisation (AS), the organiser for Paris-Roubaix, has announced today the 25 teams which will comprise the field for the "Queen of the Classics" on April 8, 2012. As the race is a part of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) WorldTour, all 18 ProTeams automatically receive invitations. The peloton will be completed by seven Professional Continental teams who have garnered wildcard invitations.
All four French Pro Continental teams earned invitations, Bretagne-Schuller, Cofidis, Saur-Sojasun and Team Europcar, while Farnese Vini-Selle Italia, Project 1t4i and Team NetApp round out the wildcard selections.
The 2011 edition of Paris-Roubaix was won by Johan Vansummeren in a solo victory, with Fabian Cancellara winning the sprint for second from Maarten Tjallingii (Rabobank Cycling Team), Grégory Rast (Team RadioShack) and Lars Ytting Bak (HTC-Highroad) 19 seconds later.
ProTeams for Paris-Roubaix
AG2R-La Mondiale (Fra)
Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
FDJ-Big Mat (Fra)
GreenEdge Cycling Team (Aus)
Katusha Team (Rus)
Lotto Belisol Team (Bel)
Movistar Team (Spa)
Omega Pharma-Quickstep (Bel)
Rabobank Cycling Team (Ned)
Sky Procycling (GBr)
Team Saxo Bank (Den)
Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team (Ned)
Pro Continental wildcard selections for Paris-Roubaix
Cofidis, Le Crédit En Ligne (Fra)
Farnese Vini-Selle Italia (GBr)
Project 1t4i (Ned)
Team Europcar (Fra)
Team NetApp (Ger)