Our pick of the best riders set to miss the 2014 Tour de France.
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
With Chris Froome in the hot seat, there was no room for the 2012 champion. If he retires at the end of the season, the Briton would become the only post-WW2 Tour winner to never return after taking victory.
Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr)
Missed out on selection in a close call with fellow French fast man Arnaud Démare. The FDJ.fr team's not big enough for the both of them: word is that this flying Frenchman is off to Cofidis in 2015.
David Millar (Garmin-Sharp)
The British stalwart seemed nailed on for his Tour farewell till a cruel, eleventh-hour omission on Monday. Garmin-Sharp said he's sick; an unhappy Millar suggested that wasn't the case.
Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-Quick Step)
Tornado Tom isn't whipping up his omission into a publicity storm, seeming happy enough to miss the sport's biggest race. More controversially, key lead-out man Gert Steegmans also misses out.
Carlos Betancur (Ag2r-La Mondiale)
The diminutive Colombian frustrates the Ag2r management as much as he dazzles: overweight and disorganised one week, dazzling the next. Was it a missed mid-June flight from Colombia or a virus that struck the Paris-Nice winner off the start list? Either way, Ag2r-La Mondiale's hopes rest with wily JC Peraud and whippersnapper Romain Bardet.
Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp)
So much for luck of the Irish. After an outstanding 2013 season, Martin has only found misfortune this time round. Returning to full fitness after breaking his collarbone on day one of the Giro d'Italia, the Irishman is going all in for the Vuelta.
Pippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida)
Too much of the bella vita, not enough time spent training? After an indifferent season, the former Milan-Sanremo winner will be topping up his tan rather than his Tour stage tally this July.
Alex Dowsett (Movistar)
Another unlucky exclusion: the 25-year-old was expected to make his debut till an infection sidelined him. A loss for British fans - and any Essex time-triallists hoping to win a race in July.