Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins has been left out of his Credit Agricole team's Tour de France squad.
There is no place on the Tour for Olympic medallist Wiggins
His omission, barring a late call-up, means there will be no British riders on the Tour for a second straight year, the first such occurrence since 1955.
"I'm not too disappointed because I was half expecting the news," Wiggins, 25, told The Guardian.
"Places in the team are at a premium and there are too many guys in form."
Wiggins' only chance of a place in the squad is if one of the first-choice riders falls ill or suffers an injury in the various national championships which take place across Europe this weekend.
If not, then Wiggins will be left free to concentrate on the world individual time trial in Madrid in September.
This year's Tour starts on 2 July in the Vendee.