First 17 teams to qualify for the Tour de France
The list of the first 17 teams to qualify for the Tour de France 2000 has been announced by the organisers, the Societe du Tour de France. The top 12 UCI ranked teams qualify, along with the French teams which are currently ranked in the world's top 20, and the team of the reigning champion, Lance Armstrong, US Postal. From France, the teams are Cofidis, AG2R, La Francaise des Jeux, Festina and Credit Agricole; from Italy, Polti, Mercatone Uno, Saeco, Vini Caldirola and Mapei; from Spain, ONCE and Banesto; from Germany, Telekom; from USA, US Postal Service; from Holland, Farm Frites and Rabobank; from Belgium, Lotto. The final three teams to be invited to race will be announced on May 31.