Carlos Sastre may need Tour wild card


AIGLE, Switzerland -- Former winner Carlos Sastre and last year's third-place finisher Denis Menchov likely will have to rely on a wild card to race in the Tour de France after their Geox-TMC team missed out on elite status in 2011.

French team Cofidis also missed the cut as the International Cycling Union selected the 18 ProTeam squads for 2011.

The new Luxembourg Pro Cycling roster, including Tour runner-up Andy Schleck, was registered in the elite 18, along with three American teams: RadioShack, Garmin-Cervelo and HTC-Highroad.

The UCI said Geox-TMC and Cofidis get "professional continental" status, meaning they require an invitation to events such as the Tour, Giro d'Italia and Spanish Vuelta.