Tour de France snubs – The most controversial rider non-selections

Tour de France snubs include Mark Cavendish, Brad Wiggins and Chris Froome
Mark Cavendish, Brad Wiggins and Chris Froome are three of the most controversial Tour de France omissions in history (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Every professional cyclist has one major goal: make their team's roster for the Tour de France. Most top riders expect to receive this honour but - as history has shown - that is not always the case.

This year, Irishman Sam Bennett - a two-time Tour stage winner who brought home the green points jersey in 2020 - did not make the selection for Bora-Hansgrohe. Chris Froome - four times the overall Tour champion - will not be racing with Israel-Premier Tech. Greg Van Avermaet, who led the 2018 Tour de France for eight stages didn't make the cut for AG2R Citroën.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.