Tour de La Provence 2020 (2.Pro) - February 13-16



5th Tour de La Provence:
13/2: Stage 1 - Châteaurenard › Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer (149,5 km)
14/2: Stage 2 - Aubagne › La Ciotat (174,9 km)
15/2: Stage 3 - Istres › Mont Ventoux/Chalet Reynard (140,2 km)
16/2: Stage 4 - Avignon › Aix-en-Provence (170,5 km)

Nice enough race to deserve a thread on its own. Only the first stage is flat, and we get (a part of) the mytical Ventoux on Saturday! Comeback race of Pinot, Pozzovivo and Oomen after (horrible) injuries, first UCI-race of Quintana in Arkea's colours and Masnada with CCC. Also there: Lutsenko, Sivakov, Vanmarcke, Nizzolo, Gaudu, Barguil, Hirschi, Dunbar ...


I might pimp this post later on, I'm at work right now.
 
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Not top class, but Bouhanni, Nizzolo, Barbier, Dupont ... aren't that bad. I wonder if Mareczko will get back up to speed soon, CCC needs that victory.
 
Considering the sprinting field is not stellar here, I hoped for more from Cort after his Etoile de Besseges performances.
He wasn't in position to sprint today. You had to be in the front before the last turn to contest this sprint. He wasn't and didn't even bother to sprint being in the 7-8th position. Lack of preparation or support from teammates cost him good place today.
 
Cort doesn't enjoy the hustle and bustle of a sprint finish and so he is hit and miss - His sprinting and classics riding haven't improved since he left Mitchelton Scott, though his climbing has gone through the roof.
 

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