Bryan Coquard has described his “great disappointment” at not being able to ride the Tour de France in July, saying the news that his Vital Concept-B&B Hotels team aren’t invited still hasn’t sunk in yet.
The final two of the four wildcards for the Tour were handed out last week but went the way of rival French Professional Continental teams Direct Energie and Arkea-Samsic.
Vital Concept are a relatively new team, set up by Jérome Pineau in 2018, but hoped to secure a spot with Coquard and former Tour stage winner Pierre Rolland after missing out in their debut season.
The decision means that Coquard, who was left out of Direct Energie’s 2017 Tour squad in a spat with manager Jean-René Bernaudeau that led to him signing for Vital Concept, won’t have ridden the Tour since 2016.
“It’s a great disappointment, but it is what it is. I don’t have a great deal to say. It still hasn’t really sunk in, I think, so I don’t have much to say about it,” Coquard told Cyclingnews in Bruges at the Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne.
“For sure, we did everything we could do be there. In the end, we weren’t selected. That’s how it is.”
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