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Wanty-Groupe Gobert team dreams of wild card invitation

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The Belgian Wanty-Groupe Gobert has now confirmed that it has signed 16 riders for its 2014 roster. The team hints an interest in signing Samuel Sanchez in the hope of securing a wild card invitation to one of the three Grand Tours.

The team will sign four riders to complete its 20-rider roster.

There is plenty of teams that folds after this season, so the Professional Continental teams have a good chance to secure one of four wild card invitations for the Grand Tours, the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. The Wanty-Groupe Gobert also aims to finish the 2014 ranked amongst the best eight teams in the Professional Continental rankings.

“It’s a logical part of our progression,” general manager Jean-François Bourlart said in a press release from the team.

“The UCI is working on new rules in view of the 2015 season and our sponsors’ objective is clearly to finish in the top eight teams of division two.” “The contacts we’re having with riders who are still available (such as Samuel Sanchez) point in that direction.”

Sanchez is still without a contract after the demise of the Euskaltel-Euskadi team. He has shown interest in joining Wanty-Groupe Gobert.

Riders currently signed to Wanty-Groupe Gobert for 2014 include: Jempy Drucker, Grégory Habeaux, James Vanlandschoot, Thomas Degand, Jérôme Gilbert, Tim De Troyer, Roy Jans, Kevin Van Melsen, Björn Leukemans, Mirko Selvaggi, Frederik Veuchelen, Wesley Kreder, Frederique Robert, Jerome Baugnies, Laurens De Vreese and Michael Kreder.
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