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Tour de France 2022: TotalEnergies team and B&B Hotels awarded final wild card invitations

PARIS FRANCE JULY 18 Tadej Pogaar of Slovenia and UAETeam Emirates Yellow Leader Jersey during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 21 a 1084km stage from Chatou to Paris Champslyses Arc De Triomphe Paris City LeTour TDF2021 on July 18 2021 in Paris France Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images
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Peter Sagan's (opens in new tab) TotalEnergies (opens in new tab) team and French ProTeam B&B Hotels p/b KTM (opens in new tab) have been awarded the final two wildcard invitations to the 2022 Tour de France (opens in new tab), joining Alpecin-Fenix and Arkéa-Samsic, who had already been earned automatic berths thanks to their position in last season’s UCI rankings. The 18 WorldTour teams are automatically awarded places in the 22-team Tour de France peloton. 

The decision means that Jean-René Bernaudeau’s TotalEnergies team continues sequence of competing in the Tour every year since its foundation as Bonjour in 2000. The squad is battling to earn promotion to the WorldTour in 2023 and underwent a revamp this winter with the arrival of Peter Sagan.

B&B Hotels p/b KTM return to the Tour for the third successive year, having previously missed out in its first two seasons of existence. Jerome Pineau’s squad lost its leading light Bryan Coquard to Cofidis this winter. Alexis Gougeard – who arrived from AG2R – was the team’s principal signing during the off-season, while Pierre Rolland, best young rider on the 2011 Tour, remains on the roster.

Norwegian Pro Continental outfit Uno-X had explicitly targeted a Tour wildcard invitation this year after enjoying a fine 2021 season. With no few than eight Danish riders on their roster, they had hoped to be on the start line for the Grand Départ in Copenhagen, though general manager Jens Haugland conceded last month that it was  “not wildly likely, so we have low expectations.”

Instead, and as expected, ASO selected two French teams to occupy the two discretionary berths at its disposal, in keeping with its trend of recent years. 

Since 2017, Intermarché-Wanty – now automatically in the Tour as a WorldTour squad – has been the only non-French team to be invited to the Tour by ASO. Fellow Belgian squad Alpecin-Fenix earned its place this year and last year thanks to its place in the UCI rankings.

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Barry Ryan

Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation (opens in new tab), published by Gill Books.