The ASO today announced the 25 teams, who will take the start of Paris-Roubaix on 12 April. Not surprisingly, the organizers chose to snub Fuji-Servetto yet again. Otherwise, the other seventeen pro tour teams will take the start. The ASO extended wildcard invitations to eight teams.
The eight wildcards are: Cervélo TestTeam • Skil-Shimano • Vacansoleil • Topsport-Vlaandern • Landbouwkrediet • Agritubel • Amica Chips • BMC
The North America-based BMC team is especially pleased to receive an invitation to the Hell of the North, and it will be their first appearance at the cobbled monument. Said directeur sportif John Lelange, "We are very happy to have been invited to the Paris-Roubaix as it shows the level of confidence that the race organizations have in our future." The team has already announced their roster for the race, which includes Danilo Wyss, who reached the podium at the U23 Paris-Roubaix, Martin Kohler, Thomas Frei, Brent Bookwalter, Ian McKissick, Alex Moos, Jeff Louder, and Tony Cruz. The team hopes to figure in an early break and if possible, play a role in the finale, though Lelange was quick to say that they must be realistic in their first appearance at one of the monuments of cycling.
The full list of participating teams: AG2R-La Mondiale • Bbox Bouygues Telecom • Cofidis • Française des Jeux • Lampre-NGC • Liquigas • Caisse d'Épargne • Euskaltel • Quick Step • Silence-Lotto • Rabobank • Saxo Bank • Milram • Columbia-High Road • Garmin-Slipstream • Katyusha • Astana • Cervélo TestTeam • Skil-Shimano • Vacansoleil • Topsport-Vlaanderen • Landbouwkrediet • Agritubel • Amica Chips • BMC