Nacer Bouhanni left out of Cofidis Tour de France team

Christophe Laporte comes up to teammate Nacer Bouhanni after stage 1 of the Route d'Occitaine

Nacer Bouhanni has been left out of the Cofidis line-up for the Tour de France despite winning five races in the past two months. Christophe Laporte will be Cofidis' sprinter at La Grande Boucle, while the team also features Daniel Navarro and Jesus Herrada. Cofidis manager Cedric Vasseur had effectively announced Bouhanni's fate at Sunday's French championships road race, where he confirmed that Laporte would be the team's designated sprinter at the Tour. Laporte has won six races to date in 2018, most recently at the Tour of Luxembourg. "Christophe Laporte will go to the Tour. Nacer Bouhanni, I don't know," Vasseur told L'Équipe on Sunday. "Is it good for Cofidis to field them both? What would we gain by selecting Nacer? "We can't stake everything on the sprint at the Tour. We'll try to fight for the win in breaks. Christophe can participate there. Nacer, I don't believe so. ...

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