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Official Thread: Tour du Limousin 2009

Mar 10, 2009
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The Tour du Limousin will be held from August 18th-21st and consists of 4 stages.

1ère étape : Limoges - Ussel

2ème étape : Eymoutiers - Felletin (PNR de Millevaches)

3ème étape : St Martin de Jussac - St Junien

Stage 4ème étape : Châlus - Limoges

Previous editions were won by:

2008 41ème édition (du 19 au 22/8) Sébastien HINAULT (Crédit Agricole)
2ème : Allan DAVIS (Mitsubishi Jartazi)
3ème : Yukiya ARASHIRO (Meitan Hompo)

2007 40ème édition (du 21 au 24/8) Pierrick FEDRIGO (Bouygues Telecom)
2ème : Oscar PEREIRO SIO (Caisse d’Epargne)
3ème : Anthony CHARTEAU (Crédit Agricole)

2006 39ème édition (du 15 au 18/8) Leonardo DUQUE (Cofidis)
2ème : Pierrick FEDRIGO (Bouygues Telecom)
3ème : Yukiya ARASHIRO (Team Vang)

2005 38ème édition (du 16 au 19/8) Sébastien JOLY (Crédit Agricole)
2ème : Samuel DUMOULIN (AG2R Prévoyance)
3ème : Leonardo BERTAGNOLLI (Cofidis)

The start list is available on their website, click here, and click 'engagés'

Interesting names:
Gesink, Boom, Reus RAB
Jeannesson, Kyrienka, LL Sanchez GCE
Velits, Wrolich MIL
Feillu (both), Ista, Le Lay AGR
Fedrigo, Rolland, Sprick, Trofimov, Voeckler BBX
Wyss, Marchante, King, Konovalovas, Roulston CTT
Auge, Dumoulin, Duque, Kern, Moinard, Minard, Bingen Fernandez COF
Casar, Seb Chavanel, Roux FdJ
Danielson, Frischkorn, Duggan, Daniel Martin GAR
Bozic, Hoogerland, Leukemans, Löwik, Pronk, Westra, Carara VAC
Not the most exciting of courses, seems to be set for four sprint finishes, but there could be some strong winds which may break the peloton up, and as always in France there will plenty of aggressive riding. Hopefully none of the riders tuning up for the Vuelta encounter any problems along the way too.
Mar 10, 2009
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It may look innocuous but riding this area is mentally very hard. Roads are rarely flat and the constant rollers make the riding hard. I can guarantee that one stage will have a break that stays away - probably 3 or 4. That class 2 climb on the first stage looks steep but a bit too early in the stage for a break to stay away.

Love this part of the country. There's hardly anybody there!
Mar 10, 2009
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First stage results:

1/ Borut BOZIC (SLO, Vacansoleil) - 3h51m07s

2/ Xavier FLORENCIO (ESP, Cervélo Test Team) - m.t.

3/ Paul MARTENS (NED, Rabobank) - m.t.

4/ Benoît SINNER (FRA, Besson Chaussures - Sojasun) - m.t.

5/ Jérémie GALLAND (FRA, Besson Chaussures - Sojasun) - m.t.

6/ Nadir HADDOU (FRA, Auber 93) - m.t.

7/ Sébastien HINAULT (FRA, AG2R La Mondiale) - m.t.

8/ Tom LEEZER (NED, Rabobank) - m.t.

9/ Amaël MOINARD (FRA, Cofidis) - m.t.

10/ Romain FEILLU (FRA, Agritubel) - m.t.
Mar 11, 2009
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A good little race with some names getting ready for the Vuelta. There should be some tired legs as the race blew apart and reformed several times yesterday, Bozic was dropped at one point before coming back to win.