Team Europcar has applied for a World Tour licence for the 2014 season for the first time since 2011.
Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez gained some consolation for his world championships defeat by winning the Tour of Lombardy.
Fabian Cancellara will start a one-day race with a big target on his back in Sunday's elite race at the world championships.
Jan Bakelants edged a fierce duel with Thomas Voeckler in driving rain to win the Grand Prix de Wallonie in Belgium.
Chris Froome all but secured his first ever Tour de France overall victory after Nairo Quintana won the penultimate stage in Annecy-Semnoz.
Christophe Riblon won the first ever double ascent of Alpe d’Huez in Tour de France history to end France's drought in this year's race on stage 18.
Chris Froome survived a scare in stage 16 on the final descent into Gap after Rui Costa had soloed to victory.
Britain's Chris Froome led a Sky one-two ahead of Richie Porte to win the first mountain-top finish of the Tour de France.
Three Tour de France debutants will start alongside Europcar team leaders Pierre Rolland and Thomas Voeckler.
Pim Ligthart won the final stage of the Ster ZLM Toer as Lars Boom completed overall victory.
Round-up: Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) out-sprinted Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) to take stage three of Route du Sud.
Europcar’s Thomas Voeckler sprinted to a stage six win in Grenoble as Chris Froome retained his Criterium du Dauphiné lead.
German powerhouse Andre Greipel claimed the opening stage of the Tour of Belgium.
Roman Kreuziger upset the favourites with a remarkable solo win in the Amstel Gold Race in glorious sunshine at Valkenburg.
Europcar's Thomas Voeckler suffered a broken collarbone during the Amstel Gold Race in Valkenburg.
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