Rolland calls for Vital Concept to be given time to earn Tour de France selection

Pierre Rolland (EF-Drapac) joking around

Pierre Rolland has called for his new squad Vital Concept to be given a chance to earn Tour de France selection in the early part of the 2019 season. The Frenchman joins the Pro Continental squad from EF Education First-Drapac and is aiming to make his 11th consecutive Tour appearance. In 2018, ASO announced the Tour’s four wildcard invitations in the first week of January, before Vital Concept had raced competitively, and the new squad was overlooked for one of the four wildcard places. Manager Jerome Pineau has looked to buttress the roster for their second campaign. Sprinter Bryan Coquard remains in situ, while the new arrivals include Rolland, Cyril Gautier and former French champion Arthur Vichot. “I’ve done ten Tours de France in a row, which is something quite difficult to imagine,” Rolland told Ouest France . “But every year, whether you’re in a WorldTour team or not, you’re ...

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