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Wildcards announced for Paris-Roubaix, Flèche-Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège

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Sylvain Chavanel in his new team colours of IAM Cycling

Sylvain Chavanel in his new team colours of IAM Cycling
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An exhausted Fabian Cancellara on the ground in the Roubaix velodrome

An exhausted Fabian Cancellara on the ground in the Roubaix velodrome
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The 2014 MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team

The 2014 MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung team
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Two Wanty riders discuss how they thought Jans had won.

Two Wanty riders discuss how they thought Jans had won.
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Three Topsport riders (Tom Van Asbroeck, Eliot Lietaer and Stijn Steels) joking at the start.

Three Topsport riders (Tom Van Asbroeck, Eliot Lietaer and Stijn Steels) joking at the start.
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The Cofidis team for 2014

The Cofidis team for 2014
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The Colombia team drive the peloton

The Colombia team drive the peloton
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The Bretagne Schuller team.

The Bretagne Schuller team.
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Martijn Maaskant pulls off after taking a strong pull

Martijn Maaskant pulls off after taking a strong pull
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The Amaury Sport Organisation today announced the teams which have been awarded wildcard invitations to their Spring Classics, Paris-Roubaix, La Flèche-Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

In addition to the 18 WorldTour teams, seven Professional Continental teams were invited to each race.

The French team Cofidis, Solutions Crédits, the IAM Cycling team of Sylvain Chavanel and the Belgian squads Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise and Wanty-Groupe Gobert were awarded wildcards for all three races.

The American UnitedHealthcare team will race in Paris-Roubaix and Flèche-Wallonne, and the African MTN-Qhubeka squad has been invited to compete in Flèche-Wallonne and Liège - Bastogne - Liège.

Bretagne-Séché Environnement only made the cut for Paris-Roubaix, while Team NetApp-Endura will race Paris-Roubaix and Liège - Bastogne - Liège.

The Colombia team was invited to the two Ardennes races which better suit its diminutive climbers.

WorldTour teams:
AG2R La Mondiale (Fra)
Astana Pro Team (Kaz)
Belkin-Pro Cycling Team (Ned)
BMC Racing Team (USA)
Cannondale (Ita)
FDJ.fr (Fra)
Garmin Sharp (USA)
Lampre-Merida (Ita)
Lotto Belisol (Bel)
Movistar Team (Spa)
Omega Pharma-Quick-Step Cycling Team (Bel)
Orica GreenEdge (Aus)
Team Europcar (Fra)
Team Giant-Shimano (Ned)
Team Katusha (Rus)
Team Sky (GBr)
Tinkoff-Saxo (Rus)
Trek Factory Racing (USA)