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Wildcards for Tinkoff to Spring Classics

Team Tinkoff "has been granted the opportunity to participate in cycling's most prestigious spring classics, Paris-Roubaix, Flèche Wallonne, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège," the Professional Continental team announced Friday. ASO issued invitations to the team for all three races, which general manger Stefano Feltrin called "evidence that the race organisers are confident in our ability to aggressively animate and pursue a final victory in these events.

"We had hoped of racing at least one of the major Classics races this season, and the fact that we have been invited to three events is tremendous," Feltrin said. "For our team, it is without a shadow of doubt an important benchmark in reference to our position in the sport, and a motivational factor for us to perform to the utmost of our ability in order to confirm the confidence the ASO has extended to us."