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Lesser known races 2024 edition

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2 out 3 races done, so Sunday's race in this triptych of 1.1 French racing, is the 38th edition of the Tour du Doubs. From Morteau to Pontarler Le Larmont, 200.9 km, start at 10.55 CET, TV from 15.00 CET
Startlist at https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/tour-du-doubs/2024/startlist
Always like to give a link to the Roadbook - https://www.vcmm.fr/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/Livre-de-Route-2024-4.pdf

It's long but the climbs are not so brutal. The finish is ...

So, you might be saying, another chance for David Gaudu. Not so fast there, as the current startlist does not have him down to start. No Gall either, otherwise it's Martin for Cofidis, Little Lenny M for FDJ, Cepeda for Caja Rural and a whole set of Kulset's for Uno-X.
Since Israel Premier Tech are fighting in the 2023-25 rankings to get a WT spot it seems like a waste of points with Blackmore in the dev team yes. He could have been part of the main squad and rode the same program even and that would be another 500 UCI points this season so far for them.
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