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The European season starts: GP d'Ouverture & Étoile de Bessèges

18 Jan 2012 16:25

As (nearly) every year, the European road season starts in lovely southern France.

[SIZE="6"]24th Grand Prix cycliste d'Ouverture "La Marseillaise"[/SIZE]

29 January
UCI 1.1
148 km


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2011:

1 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ 3:30:55
2 Sylvain Georges (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93 0:02:38
3 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team 0:02:43
4 Jure Kocjan (Slo) Team Type 1
5 Artur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
6 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
7 Riccardo Riccò (Ita) Vacansoleil - DCM Procycling Team
8 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ
9 Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Velo Club La Pomme-Marseille
10 Julien El Fares (Fra) Cofidis le Crédit en Ligne

[SIZE="6"]42th Étoile de Bessèges[/SIZE]

1 - 5 February
UCI 2.1


stage 1: Beaucaire - Bellegarde, 148 km
stage 2: Nîmes - Saint Ambroix, 149 km
stage 3: Grand Prix de Besseges, 152 km
stage 4: Grand Prix C.C. Rhône Ceze Landguedoc, 150 km
stage 5a: Grand Prix d'Ales en Cevennes, 82 km
stage 5b: Alés Quai Boissier de Sauvages - Site de l’Ermitage (ITT), 9,7 km

Find a detailed list of the stages here.

2011:

1 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 17:46:10
2 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:07
3 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
4 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ 0:00:15
5 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:19
6 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:20
7 Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole
8 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
10 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:23

There's already a first start list for Bessèges. GP d'Ouverture will most likely be quite the same with some minor changes.

What to expect? ;)

- three to four sprint wins by Kittel
- two to three second places for Marcato
- Nico Eeckhout winning a stage, like every year

Can't wait for the action to start. :)
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18 Jan 2012 17:00

Nice work. :)
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18 Jan 2012 17:08

Still 10 days away
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23 Jan 2012 21:35

FDJ-Big Mat for GP d'Ouverture:

Arnaud Gérard
Anthony Geslin
Arnold Jeannesson
Rémi Pauriol
Cédric Pineau
Thibaut Pinot
Arthur Vichot
Kenny Ellisonde

This is Kenny Ellisonde's pro debut. I'm looking forward to it!
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24 Jan 2012 11:55

Thanks for the maps! I will try to go watch the GP de la Marseillaise and maybe the first or second stage of Etoile de Bessèges.

I have never followed these races much so I don't know what to expect but it should be fun. I see the arrivée is at the Stade Vélodrome, that's pretty accessible and easy to find so I'll probably go there
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24 Jan 2012 12:02

I have Hubert dupont riding for my cq team.
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24 Jan 2012 15:18

Very nice... I enjoy how this forum has evolved to get more people more interested in the 'minor' races. Even if the pros kind of use these races for warmup (check out the hotly contested sprint from last year at the end of this clip), it's exciting as a cycling fan to see others interested in the start of the season. Thanks!
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24 Jan 2012 15:29

All I saw was "Col" and "Galibier" and I went :eek: but then I noticed the "petit". :o
"The second place is not good."
The great Alberto Contador :p
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24 Jan 2012 15:34

Quintana on the start list for Marseille :)

Also looking forward to Ponzi and Pinot
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25 Jan 2012 00:50

Marseille always reminds me of when they send Gilbert the wrong way in the final making him lose. Can't remember what year it was though.
Anyway, I like these small French races. Probably some French dude that will win. Is Offredo free to ride or have they banned him already?
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


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25 Jan 2012 08:32

FDJ teams for both races are already mentioned in this thread. :rolleyes:
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25 Jan 2012 09:47

Bye Bye Bicycle wrote:FDJ teams for both races are already mentioned in this thread. :rolleyes:


I'm not talking about these races, I'm talking in general.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


The Hitch wrote:Goss will woop boonens candy a[color="Black"]ss[/color] in a sprint he cares about, any day of the week
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25 Jan 2012 11:35

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26 Jan 2012 10:08

I found a nice brochure online that has pretty much everything in it, including cell phone numbers for the race director and the third ambulance driver in reserve.

Some interesting details for the prize money:

1: 5,785€
2: 2,895€
3: 1,445€
4: 715€
5: 580€
6: 433€
7: 433€
8: 287€
9: 287€
10 - 20: 147€

King of the Mountains:

1: 600€
2: 400€
3: 200€

Young riders:

1: 300€
2: 200€
3: 100€

Total prize money: 16,227€

It also says the race will be live on http://www.lamarseillaise.fr
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26 Jan 2012 10:59

Christian wrote:I found a nice brochure online that has pretty much everything in it, including cell phone numbers for the race director and the third ambulance driver in reserve.


All to find here, thank you for the hint. :)

Nice story about the curse of the GP d'Ouverture. Quite often the winner of this race had a bad rest of the season, e.g. Duclos-Lassalle in 2008 or Pauriol in 2009.

This race will also be start of the Coupe de France 2012:

29 janvier GP La Marseillaise
17 mars Classic Loire Atlantique
18 mars GP de Cholet-Pays-de-Loire
30 mars Route Adélie
1 avril Flèche d'Emeraude
10 avril Paris-Camembert
12 avril GP de Denain
14 avril Tour du Finistère
15 avril Tro Bro Leon
26 mai GP de Plumelec-Morbihan
27 mai Boucles de l'Aulne
29 juillet Polynormande
19 août Classic de l'Indre
2 septembre Tour du Doubs
16 septembre GP d'Isbergues
14 octobre Tour de Vendée
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29 Jan 2012 09:29

So it's today - the European season starts! Hope I'll be able to watch it, but I guess I have to watch Denmark beating Serbia in the final of the European Championship in handball :)
Ryo Hazuki wrote:contador is such a coward :o
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29 Jan 2012 12:39

looks like we got the first breakaway of 2012 on european soil:

118 km to go



Rémi Pauriol (FDJ)
Bert-Jan Lindeman (Vacansoleil)
Rein Taaramae (Cofidis)
Guillaume Bonnafond (AG2R)
Rémi Cusin (Type 1)
Cyril Lemoine (Saur Sojasun)




@0:45
Franck Vermeulen (Vérandas Rideau)



@2:10
peloton


http://direct.directvelo.com/live-course/1248/grand-prix-la-marseillaise-coupe-de-france-point-course.html
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29 Jan 2012 12:47

Lol Taaramae
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29 Jan 2012 13:07

Maaaaaaaarten wrote:Lol Taaramae


:confused: what?
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29 Jan 2012 13:08

anywhere to watch this?
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