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ASO names wildcards for Ardennes classics

MTN-Qhubeka, Cofidis, and Europcar invited to Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. American team UHC gets the nod for Flèche

Race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) announced on Monday the invited teams for Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which are held in the Ardennes region of Belgium, and close out the classics season.

Flèche Wallonne will be held April 22 and features a finish at the top of the infamous Mur de Huy, where Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won in 2014. Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place April 26, serving as the traditional end to the spring classics season. It was won by Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) last season.

WorldTour teams (automatic invitations)

Ag2r La Mondiale (F)
Astana (Kaz)
BMC Racing (USA)
Etixx-Quick-Step (B)
FDJ (F)
IAM Cycling (Sui)
Lampre-Merida (I)
Lotto-Soudal (B)
Movistar (Sp)
Orica GreenEdge (Aus)
Cannondale-Garmin (USA)
Giant-Alpecin (G)
Katusha (Rus)
LottoNL-Jumbo (Ned)
Team Sky (GB)
Tinkoff-Saxo (Rus)
Trek Factory Racing (USA)

Flèche Wallonne wildcard invitations

Bretagne-Séché Environnement (F)
Cofidis (F)
MTN-Qhubeka (SA)
UnitedHealthcare (USA)
Europcar (F)
Roompot (Ned)
Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise (B)
Wanty-Groupe Gobert (B)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège wildcard invitations

Bora-Argon 18 (G)
Cofidis (F)
Cult Energy (Dk)
MTN-Qhubeka (SA)
Europcar (F)
Roompot (Ned)
Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise (B)
Wanty-Groupe Gobert (B)