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Terpstra's Direct Energie and Roompot Charles among Paris-Roubaix wildcards

Joe Robinson
21 Jan 2019

Five French teams and a return for Wanty-Gobert at this year's Paris-Roubaix

Paris-Roubaix organiser ASO has confirmed the seven wildcard teams invited to this year's race as Niki Terpstra's Direct Energie headline a list dominated with home representation. 

Direct-Energie will be joined by four fellow French ProContinental teams who make the cut for the season's biggest one-day race. Those teams are Cofidis, Delko Marseille Provence, Arkea-Samsic and Vital Concept. 

This year's race takes place on Sunday 14th April and all you need to know about the race, including the route, can be found here.

There could be hope for a high-placed finish for the ProContinental teams with 2014 champion Terpstra now riding for Direct Energie. 

The Dutchman made the drop down from WorldTour in the off-season as a result of Deceuninck-Quick Step's financial uncertainty, although remains one of the peloton's most accomplished Cobbled Classics riders. 

The 34-year-old, who has already ridden a reconnaissance of the race's final kilometres this year - won the Tour of Flanders last season before then finishing third at Paris-Roubaix a week later. He also won semi-Classics E3 Harelbeke and Le Samyn earlier last spring.

The team around Terpstra will also be capable with Roubaix top-10 finisher Adrien Petit and Damien Gaudin at his disposal. 

Alongside this Gallic selection will be Belgian side Wanty-Gobert and Dutch outfit Roompot-Charles, who merged with Verandas Willems-Crelan over the winter.

Wanty will make their return to the race after a two-year absence while Roompot-Charles will have Lars Boom to call upon as a viable race contender. 

The 33-year-old has followed suit with Terpstra, stepping down to cycling's second tier in order to continue his pursuit of Classics victory. 

Boom has previously won the Eneco Tour and Tour of Britain although his greatest victory came in 2014 when he took a particularly wet and muddy stage of the Tour de France over the Roubaix cobbles. 

One noticeable exception from the race's wildcard invites is Corendon-Circus. The team of cyclocross star Mathieu Van Der Poel is expected to be invited to the majority of Cobbled Classics as the young Dutchman makes his first attempt at significant road success.

Paris Roubaix 2019: Teams

WorldTour teams

AG2R La Mondiale (FRA)

Astana (KAZ)

Bahrain-Merida (BHR)

Bora-Hansgrohe (GER)

CCC Team (USA)

Education First (USA)

Groupama-FDJ (FRA)

Lotto Soudal (BEL)

Movistar (ESP)

Mitchelton-Scott (AUS)

Quick-Step Floors (BEL)

Dimension Data (RSA)

Katusha-Alpecin (SUI)

Jumbo-Visma (NED)

Team Sky (GBR)

Team Sunweb (GER)

Trek-Segafredo (USA)

UAE Team Emirates (UAE)

ProContinental wildcard teams

Arkea-Samsic (FRA)

Cofidis (FRA)

Delko Marseille Provence (Fra)

Direct Energie (FRA)

Roompot - Charles (NED)

Vital Concept (FRA)

Wanty-Gobert (BEL)

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