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Title: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on January 30, 2017, 15:57
*fr 2017 Coupe de France de cyclisme sur route *fr

With the running of GP La Marseilles yesterday, it is time for the annual post on that bedrock of French cycling. Ah oui mesdames et messieurs, je vous présente La Coupe de France 2017.

Usually the phrase 'season long narrative' makes me very cross, especially when it is being shoe-horned into somewhere where it makes no sense whatsoever. However, this is not the case for the Coupe de France. A national competition to find the best individual, best young rider and best team over a series of one day races throughout the season works extremely well and makes absolute sense.


https://youtu.be/R3IvXo0W1YI

Scoring
Individual and Young Rider
2016 was the first edition where ALL riders in the race were eligible to score points for the individual best rider and best young rider competition, and as far as I am aware this will be the same for 2017.

Points are awarded as follows:
Position123456789101112131415
Points503525201816141210865333

Team Competition
The team competition remains an entirely French affair. It's a little more complicated and so this is from Wikipedia...
Quote
Each race, the positions of the first three riders of each French team are added to give the team position. The team with the lowest team position is the winner of the team competition for that race. E.g.: a team having their first three riders all on the podium will have a team position score of 1+2+3=6 and since no other team will have a lower team position, this team will win 12 points for the team standings. Note that only French teams can score points.

Points are awarded as follows:
Position12345678910
Points12987654321

Quick recap from 2016
The series turned out to be a close fight between two times winner Ag2r's Samuel Dumoulin and Belgian sprinter Baptiste Planckaert (Wallonie-Bruxelles), with both riders separated by just one point before the final race at  Tour de Vendée. Dumoulin finished ahead of Planckaert in the to secure his third overall win. Best young rider was Bryan Coquard, and best team went to HP BTP–Auber93. All the results and final standings can be found here (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_French_Road_Cycling_Cup).

Here's a super little visual roundup. Come on! Who doesn't enjoy a bit of Timberlake with their French cycling[1]?

https://youtu.be/Acehmk3l2Cc

And of course there is the traditional PMU awards night at the hippodrome, where for once Samuel Dumoulin is not the shortest man in the room  :lol
https://youtu.be/1cTsJIPlXaQ

Coupe de France calendar 2017
Round Date Race Won by Leader Best team
#1 29 Jan GP La Marseillaise #fdj *fr Arthur Vichot #fdj Vichot #ag2r AG2R La Mondiale
#2 18 Mar Classic Loire Atlantique #fortuneo *fr Laurent Pichon #fortuneo Pichon #fortuneo Fortuneo Vital Concept
#3 31 Mar Route Adélie  #fortuneo *fr Laurent Pichon  #fortuneo Pichon  #fortuneo Fortuneo Vital Concept
#4 2 Apr Roue Tourangelle  #auber *fr Flavien Dassonville  #fortuneo Pichon  #fortuneo Fortuneo Vital Concept
#5 11 Apr Paris-Camembert #cofidis *fr Nacer Bouhanni #fortuneo Pichon  #auber HP BTP - Auber93
#6 13 Apr GP de Denain   #fdj *fr Arnaud Demare  #fortuneo Pichon   #fortuneo Fortuneo Vital Concept
#7 15 Apr Tour du Finistère  #armee *fr Julien Loubet  #fortuneo Pichon  #fortuneo Fortuneo Vital Concept
#8 17 April Tro Bro Leon #armee *fr Damien Gaudin #fortuneo Laurent Pichon #fortuneo Fortuneo Vital Concept
#9 27 May GP de Plumelec-Morbihan
#10 28 May Boucles de l'Aulne
#11 30 Jul Polynormande
#12 3 Sep GP de Fourmies
#13 10 Sep Tour du Doubs
#14 17 Sep GP d'Isbergues
#1 1 Oct Tour de Vendée

I'll try and keep this table updated as the season gets going.

LNC Coupe de France webpage is HERE (http://www.lncpro.fr/(gtpdoomffcgrpz55ivne4z45)/Default6_57.aspx?HeaderID=3&TopID=9&SubtitleID=Courses%20%3E%20Classement&MatsportUrlID=cf/2017)
 1. answers on a postcard please
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: LukasCPH on January 31, 2017, 12:33
I'll try and keep this table updated as the season gets going.
Fixed the non-appearing *fr & #fdj for you. :)
Those smileys don't like to directly follow a comma, so make sure to leave a space in front of them. ;)
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: jimmythecuckoo on February 07, 2017, 10:41
The higlights show was presented by Marion Rousse so all good as far as I am concerned.


That football invading the sprint was a little un-nerving though.
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France: Round Two Classic Loire Atlantique
Post by: Not My Circus on March 16, 2017, 12:40
Classic Loire Atlantique
La Haye-Fouassière  to La Haye-Fouassière, 182.8km
Round Two Coupe De France
Sat 18th March
(http://i63.tinypic.com/33wlb7k.jpg)

It's been a long time since #1 of the Coupe de France way back on 29th Jan hasn't it? So much racing under our belts that's it's hard to recall the day #fdj Arthur Vichot cocked a snook at curses and took the win GP La Marseillaise.

However, #2 is upon us AT LAST. I know we'll all be in La Primevera mode, but let's not forsake the French altogether[1] because the hilly circuits that make up the Classic Loire Atlantique always provide some exciting racing.

It's your typical Coupe de France race. A tough, hilly parcours that will be aggressively raced, hard to control and therefore completely unpredictable. Since it's inclusion in the competition in 2012 it has never come down to a bunch sprint finish. Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Seche) won from a two-up sprint in 2012, but since then Cammaerts, Gougeard (twice) and Turgis all took victory from a solo move.

Previous Winners
2016 | TURGIS Anthony
2015 | GOUGEARD Alexis
2014 | GOUGEARD Alexis
2013 | CAMMAERTS Edwig
2012 | VACHON Florian
2011 | WESTRA Lieuwe
2010 | MANGEL Laurent
2009 | BESSY Cyril
2008 | GAZTANAGA Mikel
2007 | JALABERT Nicolas

2016 Edition



2016 saw  #cofidis Cofidis take the race apart. They put 5 riders in the decisive 8 man break and finished with 4 in the top 5. Anthony Turgis went solo on the final lap and with 4 team mates in the 7 man chase group, stayed away to take victory by over a minute.

https://twitter.com/m_chaillot/status/711297003033124864

2016 was a particularly brutal edition, with only 49 finishing from the 168 on the start line. This wasn't due to bad weather, it was the sheer speed and aggression of the racing, with many saying it was a harder race than #MSR

https://twitter.com/PDiegner/status/711641506839453696
https://twitter.com/PDiegner/status/711598250227310593

https://youtu.be/hyQP36ca34E


Parcours
Map
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2a4pv04.jpg)

Profile
(http://i68.tinypic.com/abtqv9.jpg)

182.8km sees the peloton cover 11 laps of a lumpy 16.8km circuit in the hills south of La Haye Fouassiére.  The hilly circuit is really an invitation to attacks and that makes the race very unpredictable.

(http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/14750436.jpg)

There are two main climbs. Chateau-Thebaud is tackled at 7.5km and the St-Fiacre-sur-Main at 9.8km. After the St Fiacre the remaining 7km is rolling all the way to the finish. The last 3km is fairly straightforward, with a slight uphill drag to the line.

Little YouTube preview of the course here...with a slideshow of the climbs
https://youtu.be/Qvh0AnFsSlI

2017 Start List
Teams. As below PLUS a French National team
(http://i66.tinypic.com/6i78lv.jpg)

Confirmed start list
 (http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Classic_Loire_Atlantique_2017_Startlist)
Who'll stand atop the podium?
As I said, it's unpredictable and much will depend on how the bigger teams ride the race. You're looking for in-form riders, those who can sniff the winning move and have the strength to stay with it. Start looking for your needle in the giant haystack now. Me? I'm going with the brown shorted Vuillermoz :cheer

[b]Live Streams[/b]
Not sure yet. It's not listed on either Cycling Fans (http://www.cyclingfans.com/) or Pro Cycling Live (https://www.procyclinglive.com/livestream/)
Eurosport seem to have it listed, and I'm certain there will be a French stream. I'll update with any I find.

Direct Velo will have a liveticker (http://www.directvelo.com/direct/3126/classic-loire-atlantique-2017)

Social Media
Website (http://www.classic-loire-atlantique.com/classic-loire-atlantique.asp?page=presentation&categorie=L%27organisation%202009)
Race Twitter @ClassicLoire44 (https://twitter.com/ClassicLoire44) Hashtag #Classic44
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LoireAtlantiqueClassic/)
 1. *cough* ALLEZ Demare and Bouhanni
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on March 18, 2017, 08:16
Start List HERE (http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Classic_Loire_Atlantique_2017_Startlist)
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on March 18, 2017, 17:09


What was I saying about bunch sprints at the Classic Loire Atlantique??? But wait all is NOT what it appears from the table.

Going into the final lap, we had a group holding 18secs or so on the peloton -  (Boudat, Voeckler (Direct Energie), Dumoulin (AG2R-La Mondiale), Fournier, Eiking (FDJ), Cunff, Maldonado, Oien (Caja Rujal), Lietaer , Van Gestel, Van Lerberghe, Sprengers (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Cousin, Hofstetter (Cofidis), Offredo, Vanspeybroucke (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Cosnefroy (France) Vachon, Perchon, Feillu, Bonnamour, Vital Concept). The eagle eyed amongst you will see that  #fortuneo FVC (best kit in the PC peloton) had four in there.

In last 10km Franck Bonnamour attacked. He was brought back, and almost immediately Laurent Pichon (yep had to remind myself he is not with  #fdj #dokeepupmidge) zipped off the front. To be joined by a resurgent Bonnamour. With 2km to go the Breton pair were holding 8secs. Under the flamme rouge, Bonnamour gave one last pull for his teammate. Pichon must have felt the hot breath of the rampaging pelton, but he BELIEVED and was REWARDED :cheer  First over the line by a few metres, certainly not enough to get a time gap.

 #direct Boudat got up for second, with  #cofidis Hofstetter (he of the cool hair) rounding out the podium. At least that's how I think it went down from the liveticker... I'm away to find a video. ...

https://youtu.be/0qUXThxGo48

So really it was a solo break win... JUST...on a technicality  :lol

https://twitter.com/directvelo/status/843146513463296002
 
OT... but this made me laugh. I 3> Daniel Mangeas
https://twitter.com/blaisou85/status/843145371408830464
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: search on March 18, 2017, 17:13
take that, T-72  :D
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: DJW on March 18, 2017, 23:03
PCS and CQ can't appear to agree between them whether it was Boudat or Hofstetter who finished 2nd
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: search on March 18, 2017, 23:17
Boudat is correct, as far as I can see

http://matsport.fr/resultat/2017/CLA/pdf/Resultats/01_Resultats_Complet.pdf

maybe it was different in the provisional result?
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on March 19, 2017, 07:34
Boudat is correct, as far as I can see

http://matsport.fr/resultat/2017/CLA/pdf/Resultats/01_Resultats_Complet.pdf

maybe it was different in the provisional result?

It was close (see below). I did see a couple of tweets saying Boudat third at the time, but it was corrected pretty quickly - at least on direct velo

https://youtu.be/hyQP36ca34E
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France: Round 3 La Route Adélie de Vitré
Post by: Not My Circus on March 29, 2017, 10:55
Fed up with getting bounced all over the cobbles?[1]
Never fear Coupe de France racing is BACK with a double header of crazy racing over one very long weekend!

FIRST UP...

La Route Adélie de Vitré 1.1
Vitré  to Vitré , 197.8km
Round Three Coupe De France
Fri 31st March
(http://i66.tinypic.com/339t82e.jpg)

AHHHHH Vitré

(http://kingofwallpapers.com/vitre/vitre-005.jpg)   (http://www.francethisway.com/images/stories/vitre/medieval-street.jpg)     

Quote
On the frontier between France and Brittany, Vitré was once one of the region’s most important towns. Its 15th and 16th-century buildings rival Dinan for medieval quaintness and its fairytale castle will delight young and old.

And this Friday it will also be delighting cycling fans :cheer

Always held on the Friday before Flanders, it's return to the Coupe de France series in 2012 added another of those hilly courses with the usual aggressive racing. It's been won by the fast men who can climb and the puncheur - from a break or a reduced bunch sprint. Take your pick !

Previous Winners
2016 | COQUARD Bryan
2015 | FEILLU Romain
2014 | COQUARD Bryan
2013 | MALAGUTI Alessandro
2012 | FERRARI Roberto
2011 | DION Renaud
2010 | GAUTIER Cyril
2009 | COPPEL Jérome
2008 | ISTA Kevyn
2007 | PAURIOL Rémi

2016 Edition


#direct Direct Energie controlled the race all day and #LeCoq delivered the win in a reduced sprint #cofidis Venturini and #ag2r Dumoulin. But not before leaping off in a late break attempt with #ag2r Cyril Gautier (who else).

Yes I know it says 2015...but it IS the 2016 resume. I've set it to start on the final run to the line. It's a pretty nifty rise they have to tackle up through the medieval streets.

https://youtu.be/3sMtAcXje2A?t=18m14s

Parcours
Consists of two sets of circuits to the north of Vitré.

Grande Boucle 6 laps of a 21.1 km circuit                                                                                               
(http://routeadelievitre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/plan_circ233sy.jpg)                                             
(http://routeadelievitre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nprofil23_sy.gif)

There are two major climbs: the Cote de Cheneliere after 3.8km and the Cote de Perouse about 3km towards the end. However, there isn't much flat terrain in between the two.

Petite Boucle: 8 laps of an 8.9km circuit
(http://routeadelievitre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/plan_circ86sy.jpg)
(http://routeadelievitre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/nprofil8_sy.jpg)
Runs out along the coast and also includes the Cote de Cheneliere. The final kilometres are rollings before they hit the technical finish.

Finish
(http://routeadelievitre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/circuit3last.gif)
(http://routeadelievitre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/profilsarr.jpg)
The last 3km see a roundabout and handful of tight corners before they hit the final 300m uphill kick for the line.

Start list
Not fully confirmed as yet... so far we have  (http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/56977/route-adelie-de-vitre-les-engages)

Bryan Coquard does not ride, but  #direct bring Thomas Boudat fresh from stage winning success at Coppi e Bartali. Samuel Dumoulin and Clem Venturini are both listed.

Live Streams
Not sure yet. It's not listed on either Cycling Fans or Pro Cycling Live
Eurosport France have it listed, so pretty certain something will turn up. I'll update with any I find.

Direct Velo will have a liveticker (http://www.directvelo.com/direct/3181/route-adelie-de-vitre-2017)

Social Media
Website (http://routeadelievitre.com/)
Race Twitter @RouteAdelie (https://twitter.com/RouteAdelie?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw) Hashtag  #RouteAdelie (doesn't seem to be very active)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/routeadeliedevitre)... UPDATED regularly

FINALLY - Let's all take a minute to appreciate that this is the podium photo when your sponsor makes ice cream  :luv

(http://cdn.directvelo.com/uploads/news/articles/56fec782020de.jpg)

(http://routeadelievitre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Logo_Adelie.png)
 1.  nor me either, but a little je ne sais quoi may the just the thing to calm those pre and post  De Ronde nerves 
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France: Round 3 La Route Adélie de Vitré
Post by: LukasCPH on March 29, 2017, 12:11
FINALLY - Let's all take a minute to appreciate that this is the podium photo when your sponsor makes ice cream  :luv

(http://cdn.directvelo.com/uploads/news/articles/56fec782020de.jpg)

(http://routeadelievitre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Logo_Adelie.png)
I didn't know this! :cool

Also, I now have a craving for ice cream. :lol
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: just some guy on March 31, 2017, 20:36
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Mellow Velo on March 31, 2017, 22:15
Until this season, Laurent Pichon had never won a race above 2.2 in his eight year career.
Today, he notched up his third win in under two weeks.
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: DJW on April 01, 2017, 07:15
Until this season, Laurent Pichon had never won a race above 2.2 in his eight year career.
Today, he notched up his third win in under two weeks.

Are you allowed to point out facts like this without following it up with  :shh :shh :shh :-x :-x :-x ?
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 01, 2017, 22:23
Four Bretons and and Estonian leap into a break....
The race got complicated to control as the wind came into play on the final small circuits. From the front echelon #fdj David Gaudu attacks and takes with him fellow Bretons #fortuneo Laurent Pichon, #ag2r Cyril Gautier, #cofidis Julien Simon and Estonian #auber Alo Jakin. They hit the last lap 8km circuit with 25secs in hand and made it to the line just in front of the peloton.

https://youtu.be/8phwD83PcYA

https://twitter.com/FortuneoVitalC/status/847849288554172417

from Laurent  Pichon to Direct Velo...
Quote
Everything seems to be running for the team too ...
David Gaudu put a good attack and it came out. We knew it was a customer when you see what " He was able to do recently on the Tour de Catalunya.

So I followed his attack ... "I CAN SAVOR"

The agreement was good?
Yes, everyone rolled except Cyril (Gautier) who was protecting Samuel Dumoulin. This is the game ... I did not focus too much on him. There was nevertheless a good understanding, especially with a rider like Julien (Simon) whom I know well. It was very hard with the wind. The Direct Energie team was lonely behind to roll on us and she stuck.

How did you manage your sprint?
I could savor by going up the others to the sprint! In Italy, I launched from afar and I was afraid that Calmejane goes back to me. On the Classic Loire-Atlantique, the peloton was on my heels and I thought it was going to come back. Today, It is different because it is me who goes up the others. Julien launched his sprint 200 meters from the line. Cyril was in his wheel, slightly on the right. I was on the left along the barriers. I thought I was locked up and that I was not going to be able to disengage ... But Julien opened the door to me, going towards the center of the road. I could go up on the left ... It's top! We had a great team race all day.

You already think of Tro Bro Leon?
Before that, I'm going to chain next week with the Circuit de la Sarthe. I was well on this race last year. I m ' Was sacrificed to save Marc Fournier's yellow jersey. I think I had the legs to play the podium. This year, I will take the race from day to day ... Now it will only be a bonus. And indeed, there will be my heart racing, the Tro Bro Leon. Just before, I will also participate in Paris-Camembert and the Tour du Finistère.

Everything seems to be running for the team too ...
The atmosphere is family oriented. We have a smaller workforce compared to what I've known at the FDJ. We are only 20 runners. Inevitably, we have more a club atmosphere ... There are many Bretons. We have, for example, common anecdotes about the races that we have been able to do among young people. Which is nice. Had the legs to play the podium. This year, I will take the race from day to day ... Now it will only be a bonus. And indeed, there will be my heart racing, the Tro Bro Leon. Just before, I will also participate in Paris-Camembert and the Tour du Finistère.

Lire la suite : http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/57063/laurent-pichon-c-est-incroyable

COUPE DE FRANCE RANKINGS AFTER #3
Rider
Pichon 100 points, Vichot 50 points, Boudat 47 points

Young Rider
Boudat 47 points, Calmejane 25 points, Hoffstetter 25 points

Team
Fortuneo Vital Concept 28 points, Cofidis 24 points, Ag2r 20 points
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France - La Roue Tourangelle
Post by: Not My Circus on April 02, 2017, 00:40
Hot on the heels of Round 3 we have Round 4 - this one has the even shorter straw of being on the same day as De Ronde...
Here's a quick rundown

La Roue Tourangelle 1.1
Ste-Maure-de_Touraine to Tours, 200km
Round Four Coupe De France
Sun 2nd April
(http://i66.tinypic.com/2qi04rm.jpg)

The race has moved to the beginning of April rather than at the end. Last year it marked the first win of the season by  #ag2r Samuel Dumoulin after a injury marred start. He got away with Olivier Pardini (Wallonie) and Julien Duval (Armee) and beat them in the three up sprint.
 


https://youtu.be/bDXTcpBGfhM
(http://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/var/nrv2/storage/images/contenus/articles/2017/04/01/un-plateau-plus-qu-allechant-3052863/55708277-1-fre-FR/Un-plateau-plus-qu-allechant_image_article_large.jpg)

Parcours 2017
The actual route varies from year to year, but the race ALWAYS finishes in Tours. There are no loops or multiple laps of the same circuit, it's one 200km point to point race over some lumpy territory- think mini Paris-Tours. 

Quote
From Feltet.dk preview (http://feltet.dk/nyheder/optakt_la_roue_tourangelle_2017/) via Google translate
This year, the riders traverse 200 km, leading it from the new startby Ste-Maure-de-Touraine to the French metropolis. The real start walking in the nearby town Pouzzay and from there back down to one 114 km long circular route that takes them through the area south of the city and back to Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine. Along the way you must climb no less than 12 small increases, but none of it is longer than 1 km, and there are small hills. Comes after the first 11 km and then follows the smoothly advantage with the latter by 101 km.
 
After the passage of the start town goes first to the north, next to the west and eventually to the northwest up to the Lignieres-de-Touraine, reached after 163 km. This piece includes a total of six small hills, including two with a length of 1200 m. From there it will head Tours, and the rest of the race follow mostly the main road to the northeast. Along the way to make, however, a few detours, which means that in all, over seven smaller increases. They come with respectively 35, 33, 27, 25, 19, 14 and 10 km to the goal. The last one is the 600-meter Cote L'Epan known from the finals of Paris-Tours. Then it goes through flat terrain in Tours where one ends the race with the back put a game on a flat 4 km long circular route. It contains quite a lot of wine, including two in the final kilometer. The last coming just 600 meters from the line.
 
Compared to last year's route is the first whole redesigned, but there is the same inlet to Tours, where the final lap is extended and modified. Overall, the route being slightly harder.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2uqjj38.jpg)    (http://i63.tinypic.com/dh38xw.jpg)    (http://i64.tinypic.com/jq6f7l.jpg)

Despite the climbs, in the last four years (since it became 1.1) this race has come down to a battle between the fast men with wins for  #fdj Mickael Delage (2013) and  #fdj Lorrenzo Manzin (2015). But it also gives opportunities for late breaks and solo attacks.

Start List

(http://i67.tinypic.com/29na1hv.png)

confirmed line up... (http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/La_Roue_Tourangelle_2017_Startlist)

Podium Chances

If it goes down to a big bunch sprint...
#cofidis Nacer Bouhanni / Clem Venturini #fdj Davide Cimolai / Lorrenzo Manzin #direct Thomas Boudat  #fortuneo Dan McLay #armee Yannis Yssaid  #ag2r Sondre Holst Enger (not been on stellar form after illness)

Looking to cheat the bunch...
 #ag2r Samuel Dumoulin  #fdj David Gaudu  #direct Jonathan Hivert  #fortuneo Florian Vachon

Social Media
Website (http://www.larouetourangelle.com/)
Twitter  (https://twitter.com/rouetourangelle)
Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/rouetourangelle/)

Follow
French Eurosport show it
Direct Velo will have a live ticker (http://www.directvelo.com/direct/3182/la-roue-tourangelle-2017)

Bonus Madiots
The 14th Edition of the The Trophée Madiot
Quote

La Nouvelle Republique (http://www.lanouvellerepublique.fr/Indre-et-Loire/Sport/Cyclisme/Cyclisme/n/Contenus/Articles/2017/04/01/180-cadets-au-depart-3053290)
There are names that speak in the bicycle. Madiot is one of them. Even for young cyclists who were not born when Marc and Yvon Madiot pinned their last bib.

The Madiot Trophy, 14 th edition, addresses cadets and its success is growing year by year. Each of its sleeves, there are seven to eight per year, gathers 140 to 160 runners. Sunday in Lignières-de-Touraine, for the first foray of the Trophy in Touraine, they will be 180. All records are beaten. Never in the department a cadet race, it is certain, has collected so many committed.
The race is a prologue to the Roue Tourangelle. The cadets use the same circuit as the pros, from Lignières to Tours, for 36 km. After the first pass on the finish line, they will have six laps of the final circuit to be performed; Total distance 56 km. The reputation of the Madiot Trophy has spread far from its Mayennial roots.
Sunday, at the start, You will find runners from all over France, Languedoc, Picardy, North, Brittany, Normandy, Limousin, really from everywhere. Names are of interest: Kenny and Enzo Casper of AC Montdidier, Louka Pagnier of Argenteuil Val de Seine 95, second of the Madiot Trophy last year and three victories in 2017, and Hugo Page of ES Auneau. A super tough Hugo Page, of ascendancy Tourangelle: five races in 2017, five wins, one last Sunday with eight minutes ahead. Last year and three victories in 2017, and Hugo Page from ES Auneau. A super tough Hugo Page, of ascendancy Tourangelle: five races in 2017, five wins, one last Sunday with eight minutes ahead. Last year and three victories in 2017, and Hugo Page from ES Auneau. A super tough Hugo Page, of ascendancy Tourangelle: five races in 2017, five wins, one last Sunday with eight minutes ahead.
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Flo on April 02, 2017, 18:48
It's a win for #auber Flavien Dassonville.. :)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C8bKCryXkAMQHHj.jpg)

Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: t-72 on April 02, 2017, 20:18
Come on, he won what? A goat?  :lol
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: LukasCPH on April 03, 2017, 00:25
Come on, he won what? A goat?  :lol
How cool is that?! :cool
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 03, 2017, 09:11
It's a win for #auber Flavien Dassonville.. :)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C8bKCryXkAMQHHj.jpg)


:cheer thank you Flo. I had this written then left it in my drafts and forgot to post - I'm blaming having to go and lie down after De Ronde ;p

I had NO IDEA there were goats on offer and that pic is a KEEPER \o/

https://youtu.be/wjhxbGMXQSo

LOVE

https://twitter.com/pierre_carrey/status/848613246655504384

A gratuitous Tibbles and goat pic because ...why not :D

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/600x315/a8/b3/74/a8b374b674d673bde24a83341b68b32d.jpg)


Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 11, 2017, 10:09
It's time for THE BIG CHEESE!!!!

(https://i.guim.co.uk/img/static/sys-images/Observer/Pix/pictures/2010/11/2/1288714363084/Baked-camembert-006.jpg?w=700&q=55&auto=format&usm=12&fit=max&s=c4f3a7f75d67047aeaf0725c6d96d46c)

Paris-Camembert 1.1
Saint-Germain to Livarot (200k)
Round Five Coupe De France
Tues 11th April
(http://paris-camembert.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Capture-du-2017-03-10-165630.png)

First of hectic 4 race within a week which culminates with Tro-Bro Leon on Sunday. It's a hilly course and it's position on the calendar makes it a perfect warm for those French riders targeting Amstel Gold on Sunday.

Within the Coupe de France this is a race with a fine and proud tradition in it's own right. It was first run back in 1934 as Paris Vimoutiers, changing to it's current name in 1943. the race website has a wonderful archive (http://paris-camembert.fr/histoire) of press clippings through the years.

1953 (http://paris-camembert.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/1953-palmar%C3%A8s.jpg)   1972 (http://paris-camembert.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/1972.png)   1981 (http://paris-camembert.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/1981-22-avril-OF.jpg)

Previous winners
2016 | GAUTIER Cyril
2015 | LOUBET Julien
2014 | COQUARD Bryan
2013 | FEDRIGO Pierrick
2012 | PERICHON Pierre-Luc
2011 | CASAR Sandy
2010 | MINARD Sébastien
2009 | CASPER Jimmy
2008 | VALVERDE Alejandro
2007 | JOLY Sébastien

2016 Edition
last year  #ag2r Cyril Gautier and  #fortuneo Anthony Delaplace just managed to hold their advantage over the peloton at the line. But as you can see from previous winners, it does suit a sprinter as well.
 


https://youtu.be/BAfg3YN0-Ps


Parcours 2017
Like many of these old races the names bears little relation to actual start and finish towns, and this year we have a completely different route with a familiar start in Pont-Audemer but a finish in Livarot

(http://paris-camembert.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/1.png)   (http://paris-camembert.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/Capture-du-2017-02-14-143841.png)   (http://paris-camembert.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/4-1.png)

It's rolling to start, then a series of Cat 1 climbs one after the other, then a testy rolling finish.

Climbs
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Cat 3, Cote de Canapaville, at 95km
Cat 2, Cote de Roiville, at 109.5km
Cat 1, Cote de Moulin Neuf, at 125km
Cat 1, Mur de Champeaux, at 129km
Cat 1, Cote de Renouard, at 131km
Cat 1, Cavee the Croutees, at 138km and again at 149km

After 175km the race enters the first of two different finishing laps both to include the uncategorized Cote del'Angleterre (2.5 km, 4%).  This increase is tackeled with 17.5km to go and again with 5.5km to race.  This is followed by a 1 km long descent, while the last 4 km are almost flat.

Have a look at at Feltet (http://feltet.dk/nyheder/optakt_paris-camembert_2017/) for the in depth preview. It's in Danish but google translate will do a good enough job.


Start List

confirmed line up... (http://paris-camembert.fr/liste-integrale-des-coureurs-du-78eme-paris-camembert.html)

Podium Chances

It's your usual chaotic and difficult to control Coupe de France madness that could suit the puncheur, the sprinter that likes a climb, or the breakaway specialist.
Punchy names that stand out: 
#ag2r Samual Dumoulin,  never ruled out
#fdj Arthur Vichot  and #direct Lilian Calmejane fresh from success at Sarthe
#fortuneo have a team full of aggressive riders Romain  Hardy, Arnold Jeannesson, Laurent Pichon (though he has been ill) and Anthony Delaplace
#armee Julien Loubet and  #joker also went well at Circuit des Ardennes last week.

Sprinty names to look for  #cofidis Nacer Bouhanni,   #armee Yannis Yssaad

Social Media
Website (http://paris-camembert.fr/)
Can't find a twitter account but the hashtag is #ParisCamembert


Follow
French Eurosport show it
Direct Velo will have a live ticker (http://www.directvelo.com/direct/3292/paris-camembert-2017)
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 11, 2017, 13:10
This is lovely...

https://twitter.com/Laucom27/status/851757933864071170
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 11, 2017, 16:09
RESULTS from Camembert



#armee Damien Gaudin and #direct Perrig Quémeneur made the BOTD at 10km ad were only reeled in with 30km to go. From then on there was a flurry, NO... more like a  spate of attacks. Just about everyone tried their luck from a group of about 40 riders, and each time they were reeled back in by a determined  #cofidis Cofidis team.

All the work paid off as there was no one to match Nacer Bouhanni on the run to the line. That man  #ag2r Samuel Dumoulin got up to take second and I was THRILLED to see #fdj Kévin Reza take third. So brilliant after his horrendous fall at the Vuelta and extension at  FDJ.

https://twitter.com/fbleubnormandie/status/851797782885261312


Laurent Pichon placed 7th and still leads the Coupe de France standings

 #fdj Arthur Vichot was dropped with 50km to go  :TT :TT :TT

Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: search on April 12, 2017, 08:10
Midge! Why did you leave out all the important information? :S

(http://i.imgur.com/xRauw5N.png)

66kg :win :win
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 12, 2017, 10:35
Midge! Why did you leave out all the important information? :S

(http://i.imgur.com/xRauw5N.png)

66kg :win :win

OOOO because I didn't know *curls in a corner with shame*
Camembert now winning over the goat ... almost on a par with tonnes of salmon from the Arctic race ;p
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 12, 2017, 15:26
GP de Denain [1.HC]
Denain to Denain, 196.4km
Round Six Coupe De France
Weds 15th April
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Missing the scenery of Northern France? Never fear the GP de Denain is here to ease your pangs. Traditionally run on Easter Tuesday during the festivals and the carnival of Denain, this is a jewel of French sprint cycling. Think Schelderprijs style bragging rights.

I mean who can forget that brilliant mazey finish last year when  #fortuneo Dan McLay threaded his way through ever decreasing gaps to snatch victory from  #direct Thomas Boudat. Just in case, here you go - MARVEL!!!!

https://twitter.com/Jase_A/status/722506796191993856

Quote
The first edition of the Denain Grand Prix, which was open to professionals, was won in 1959 by Irishman Seamus Eliott. It was not until the victory of José Samyn in 1967 that a French rider finally inscribed his name on the list. The next year, Jean Stablinski won. After a prestigious success, the former world champion was keen to start from Denain with the bouquet that had always refused him since the start of his participation in the Grand Prix.

It should be noted here that all the French winners are still Northerners, Robert Mintkewicz in 1977, Jean-Philippe Pipart in 1979, Bruno Wojtinek achieved the first double in 1986 and 1987.Jimmy Casper is currently the record holder of the victories with four bouquets (on three different finishes).

Since 1994 Daniel Mangeas has been running the whole race for the great joy of all his friends who come for the race but also for the comments of the ex-voice of the Tour. The event that has been part of the Coupe de France since the first edition in 1992 has become an inevitable date on the international calendar. As of April 14, the 2016 edition will attract even bigger teams now that the event has entered the UCI 1:HC category.

Get your toes tapping and appetite whetted with this video

(http://i65.tinypic.com/2rnx355.jpg) (http://dai.ly/x5hpk29)

Previous winners
2016 | MCLAY Daniel
2015 | BOUHANNI Nacer
2014 | BOUHANNI Nacer
2013 | DéMARE Arnaud
2012 | HAEDO Juan Jose
2011 | CASPER Jimmy
2010 | FLAHAUT Denis
2009 | CASPER Jimmy
2008 | BOASSON HAGEN Edvald
2007 | CHAVANEL Sébastien

Top-10 2016
1.MCLAY Daniel
2.BOUDAT Thomas
3.DEHAES Kenny
4.PLANCKAERT Baptiste
5.MANZIN Lorrenzo
6.VENTURINI Clément
7.FRANCZAK Paweł
8.OPIE Chris
9.ALAPHILIPPE Bryan
10.CHETOUT Loïc

I'm pleased to see the race on the calendar after some worrying  financial difficulties (http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/117461/article/2017-02-11/gp-de-denain-des-paves-et-une-situation-financiere-preoccupante#utm_medium=redaction&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=page-fan-vds). Also very glad to hear they have found the money to have the race televised live (http://www.echoduvelo.com/route/reportages/20907-denain-a-nouveau-de-bonnes-sensations) on Eurosport.

Just to show the scope of what the organisation has to achieve. The websites states that the 196.km course needs to be manned by 534 marshals as it traverses across 54 municipalities spread over six intercommunalities.

Parcours 2017
It's altered a little from previous editions. The race does not pass through the towns north of Valenciennes for various reasons. But the BIG news is that for the first time in ages a sector of pave appears  :cool

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2nk30gi.jpg)

(http://mondiali.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/denain.jpg)

The 196.4km are broken into three loops:
Boucles 1, 56km, 1 lap
Flat with 2 of the 5 sprint points

Boucles 2, 99km, 1 lap
The final 3 sprint points are here along with the five mountain hotspots (65.4km, 76.2km, 82km, 96km, 120km). The 'climbs' range between 72 and 107m in height, so they're not going to trouble the fast men. This citcuit also has the 1.8km pave sector. In fact one of the climbs is on the pave at Artres which comes 82km into the race. Not sure what the condition of the pave is, but I've seen mention of tarmac so doubt we are talking Arenberg tombstones.

Boucles 3, 20.7km finishing circuit, 2 laps
Flat and not particularly technical, there is a roundabout at 2km to go. The final 5km dips slightly and should ensure a fast and straight run for the line.

Start List
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2ltt3dj.jpg)

line up as of 11th April... (http://gpdenain.fr/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Liste-des-engag%C3%A9s-11-avril-17.pdfl)

This is going to come down to a duel between ex team mates #fdj Arnaud Demare and #cofidis Nacer Bouhanni. Expect a sprint train battle on a grand scale. Nacer comes fresh from a win in Paris Camebert and Arnaud from 6th at Paris Roubaix. Currently the reigning champion Dan McLay is not listed on the start sheet.  #direct bring Thomas Boudat who was second last year and has looked fast this year. I'm not going to name all the sprinters, but check the start list and pick your favourite.

Follow
French Eurosport from 2pm CET
Direct Velo will have a live ticker (http://www.directvelo.com/direct/3189/grand-prix-de-denain-2017)

Yeah, that's your basics...but OBVIOUSLY we're on tenterhooks to see what the organisers come up with for podium prizes... Can they beat the HUMONGOUS Camembert or the CUTE goat of cuteness... See that's a whole new Coupe de France category right there mes amis
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 13, 2017, 12:15
Bit off topic...

But I've only just noticed these team posts from  #gazprom Gazprom-RusVelo

https://twitter.com/RusveloTeam/status/852444895407157249
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 13, 2017, 17:18
And the bragging rights go to  #fdj and Arnaud Demare. The bleu blanc rouge sprint train played a blinder and Daniel Hoelgaard delivered their man to perfection.  #cofidis are going to be sick as dogs, controlled most things until the last throw of the dice. Nacer Bouhanni hopped off the train late and never got on terms.  Will you just look at who made podium... #manzana with youngster Molano.

https://youtu.be/z27kNqvsjh4

https://twitter.com/ALTIPLANORADIO/status/852550382677106690




I have no news of podium prizes as yet

Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 15, 2017, 09:27
Tour de Finistère
Saint-Évarzec to Quimper, 194.8km
Round Seven Coupe De France
Sat 18th March
(http://i67.tinypic.com/dnomyv.jpg)

The third race of the week and the action moves to Brittany and the pretty town of Quimper and it's surrounding countryside.

(https://www.aboutfrenchproperty.com/pictures/cities/quimper.jpg)   (https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/49/Bretagne_Finistere_Quimper_20072.jpg)

After two races where the sprinters have held sway, the Tour de Finistère with it's narrow winding roads and short steep climbs is a puncheurs paradise.... which sometimes suits a strong sprinter.

Previous Winners
2016 | PLANCKAERT Baptiste
2015 | DE TROYER Tim
2014 | DEMOITIE Antoine
2013 | GAUTIER Cyril
2012 | SIMON Julien
2011 | FEILLU Romain
2010 | VACHON Florian
2009 | CHAMPION Dimitri
2008 | LELAY David
2007 | BROUZES Niels

2016 Edition



2016 produced a reduced bunch sprint where Wallonie-Bruxelles, Baptiste Planckeart stormed home in front of  #ag2r Samuel Dumoulin and  #fdj Alexandre Geniez

https://youtu.be/W_L_W_iNFys


Parcours[1]
Map
(http://i65.tinypic.com/dzv59s.jpg)

Profile
(http://i67.tinypic.com/2i71l44.jpg)

clearer on this one from Lasterketa Burua
(http://i64.tinypic.com/15g59pc.jpg)

The peloton start out on a big 150km of loop of Quimper which takes in 6 categorised climbs, and many uncategorised...there's really not much flat here. After that they'll complete  laps of the 9km finishing circuit in Quimper. On each lap they tackle two climbs Côte de Meilh Stang Vihan (12.5%) and the Côte de la Voie Romaine which pitches up to 12%.

Finishing circuit
(http://i66.tinypic.com/23igs2a.jpg)

Last 4 km
(http://i67.tinypic.com/k33igm.jpg)

After final climb there's around 700m false flat towards the finish line. It's not a simple run in either with several twists and turns to catch out the unwary.

2017 Start List

(http://i64.tinypic.com/wapvup.jpg) (https://www.procyclingstats.com/pdf/startlist.php?id=172988)

Guessing the smart money will be on  #ag2r Samuel Dumoulin. Don't discount Coupe de France leader  #fortuneo Laurent Pichon or  #direct Thomas Boudat. #fdj start with a small team but I'd be thrilled to see David Gaudu at the sharp end. Dark horses - anyone from  #joker Joker. They've been on several successful Viking raids recently

]Live Streams
Pretty sure French Eurosport will show it.

Direct Velo will have a liveticker (http://www.directvelo.com/direct/3190/tour-du-finistere-2017)

Social Media
Website (http://www.tourdufinistere.fr/index.html)
Twitter hashtag is #TourDuFinistere
OOOOH nearly forgot - Podium prizes :cheer.
A quick look at the sponsors (http://www.tourdufinistere.fr/partenaires.html) show
2 charcuteries and a biscuit manufacturer - very promising.
However, my favourite is

(http://i68.tinypic.com/15ebg8w.jpg)

Jaunty Breton stripes AHOY!
 1.  get Google translate on the preview at Feltet (http://feltet.dk/nyheder/optakt_tour_du_finistere_2017/)
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 16, 2017, 18:22
Results



A group of 11 riders peeled off with about 20km to go ( #roubaix Antomarchi,  #fdj Gaudu, #cofidis Simon & Turgis,  #fortuneo Bonnamour & Hardy, #armee Ferasse & Loubet, #ag2r Latour, #direct Cornu and #wanty Backaert). Julien Loubet attacked in the final kilometre and had enough to stay away. It's his first win since Paris-Camemert back in 2015.  #fortuneo Laurent Pichon retains his overall lead in the Coupe de France

https://youtu.be/sGpMDwQOZqk
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 16, 2017, 21:56
Tro-Bro Léon (1.1)
Lannilis to Lannilis, 203.9km
Round Eight Coupe De France
Mon 17th April
(http://i67.tinypic.com/rvwm75.jpg)

This is IT!!! Tro Bro Leon is upon us. I beseech you to find a feed. Beg, borrow, steal, sell your very soul if you have to - but just find one, sit down and prepare to fall in love.

I adore this race for many reasons. For it's unrelenting brutality, for the ribinou, for the heart-achingly rugged Breton landscape, for the way it is raced with no quarter given, for the posters, and of course - OF COURSE for the piglet at the end.

Some shots by one of my favourite French photographers Elen Ruis (https://www.facebook.com/pg/ElenRiusPhotos/photos/?tab=album&album_id=391272341056326)

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/11127553_391892090994351_8245769711147292311_o.jpg?oh=142db258770bb804824ccc7331ea11b6&oe=59964095)
(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/11141774_391705551013005_8927305930955437098_o.jpg?oh=ec3aeb075a6bf4cea0df21a76f493640&oe=598EA093)
(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/10866285_391398137710413_8199765630458215101_o.jpg?oh=67f8b692ac7f7d3d90a2f3caa2aa055e&oe=598BA4FE)
(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/10917171_392261730957387_808167825678561012_o.jpg?oh=19fd4384f44289084a3520d6f1e4f4aa&oe=599AC6F9)
(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/11155096_391349784381915_6478582613346055793_o.jpg?oh=7cdc8e5cefe67e56d0bba35943bb333b&oe=59869989)

Coming a week after the Hell of the North, the Breton Hell of the West is well named. Like Paris Roubaix the peloton faces unpaved sections where constant selections grinds the riders down, and everyone prays their luck holds. But that's as far as the similarity goes. While Northern France has it's unique unforgiving pavé, the Breton landscape is characterised by the ribinoù. Stone littered, grass strewn dirt paths forged by movement over the thin Breton soil. This year the 204km features 30km of dirt over 25 sectors. Each one a surprise to both the rider and the course organiser. They are unpredictable tracts, often changing from week to week depending on the weather.

Here's some on-board footage from #fdj FDJ's Jeremy Roy to give you a flavour...

https://youtu.be/S6zsLRXh9Ks

If you haven't seen the race before, I really can't produce better words than Caley Fretz in this VeloNews love letter (http://www.velonews.com/2016/04/news/hell-west-tro-bro-leon_402428) from 2016.

Quote
The pavé of Paris-Roubaix, which happens a week earlier, are human constructs, laid down by hand and with purpose in centuries past. Ribinoù are more like ancient accidents — twin scratches in the earth left behind by the constant movement of people over time. They are variable in surface and temperament. The perfect ribin (that’s the singular), says longtime race director Jean-Paul Mellouët, is two parallel dirt paths, mostly smooth but with the occasional stone and a strip of grass up the middle. The grass sets the mood.

When Mellouët drops the checkered black and white flag of Bretagne to set the riders against his course, none are quite sure what lies ahead.

That is the difference between a race like Paris-Roubaix and Tro-Bro Léon. The latter is even less predictable than its famous northern brother. Of the 25 unique unpaved sections, some are simple dirt — or mud, when the rains come. Others hold fist-sized stones, worn by travelers and the elements so that their rounded tops send tires back and forth, dropping rubber into dirt-filled gaps. A few are semi-paved, with a meter-wide strip of asphalt that disappears without warning. The race runs through corrugated aluminum tunnels, under windmills, across gravel, and along Bretagne’s wild windswept coast. Riders may flat four or five times and still finish well.

Last year the honours were taken by One Pro Cycling's Martin Mortensen. In an aggressive race, the Dane launched an impressive solo attack and was really rather Viking :D. He was eventually caught by a small chasing group but had enough in the tank to hold off team mate Pete Williams and  #fortuneo Florian Vachon.



https://youtu.be/2y32yglUIck

Parcours[/i][/u][/b]
Map
(http://i67.tinypic.com/1z4v312.jpg)

Profile
(http://i68.tinypic.com/1236zr8.jpg)

The riders start out on a 186km large loop of the countryside which sees them tackle 22 of the 25 ribinou. They hit the first one just after the 50km mark and then they just keep coming. There's a really fast and furioius part between sectors 11 and 21 where they face 11 of them in a little over 30km. There is no place to hide, particularly as the pace will be high in the good weather expected tomorrow. 

After this large loop the riders enter three laps of a flat finishing circuit which includes the last 700m sector of gravel. They cross it for the last time with 2km to go. The run in features a sharp right hander, followed by a smooth swoop back on themselves to the left with 1km to go. It's a 500m uphill rise to the finish line.

Final circuit
(http://i65.tinypic.com/o06idy.jpg)

2017 Start List

(http://i64.tinypic.com/wapvup.jpg) (http://media.wix.com/ugd/cce539_5aa2a30f36444b458b1780fa6c32ac93.pdf)

My names to look for.
As befits this race, the creme de la creme of French cobble racers are here.

Let's start with home favourites...

#fdj Arnaud Demare. Strong enough to take the course on and if he arrives in a group, fast enough to win a sprint. He's backed by a strong team - I've been impressed with Daniel Hoelgaard these past races and Matthew Lagdagnous is as strong as an ox. Actually either of them could be in with a shot

#direct Ahhh Sylvain Chavanel. 9th in Flanders, 4th at De Panne -I'd purely love to see him carry on with his strong spring campaign. The team also come with Thomas Boudat.

#fortuneo Florian Vachon. LOVES this race. Third last year and numerous top 10s. Team also fields Laurent Pichon.

#cofidis I should like to see young Hugo Hofstetter shine. Smart money (Emil at Feltet.dk) says Christophe Laporte

#ag2r No Oliver Naesen but they do bring Samuel Dumoulin \o/


Outside of La Belle France...

 #colocult Martin Mortensen. Last years reigning Champion returns with new team Coloquick Cult.. He's another who loves this type of racing- the man has twice placed second GP Herning with it's famous grusvej. I'm not ruling out another good showing here though his race calender has been slower.

#wanty Frederik Backaert. Started Tro-Bro 3 times and completed twice -  not finished higher than 28th. however he's quietly been amassing a good set of results this spring: 11th Omloop, 5th Le Samyn, 6th on the Muur stage of De Panne, and a fine 5th at Finistere at the weekend. Wanty always being a strong team.

Live Streams
Check your usual sites - it will be shown.

Eurosport France and International (though not in UK as far as I can see)  from 15.00 to 17.00 CET

France 3 Bretagne and Pays de Loire from 14.20 to 16.45 CET

UPDATE
UK Eurosport Player, Tro-Bro Leon will be on one of the auxiliary feeds from 2pm BST 

https://twitter.com/CyclingTV/status/853009166448906241


Social Media
Website (http://www.trobroleon.com/)
Twitter  (https://twitter.com/trobroleon) Hashtag: #trobroleon

THE PODIUM PIGLET
As well as being a one day race up with the very best this sport has to offer, Tro-Bro is also beloved for the piglet. The pink squealer is awarded to the best Breton finisher and I swear will melt your heart when you see the pictures. One of favourite stories of recent years is Dan Craven's quest for a piglet...

https://twitter.com/VeloVoices/status/853162792614023168

Now Dan is not a native to Bretagne, but they honoured him with a piglet of his own. I mean come on! If this doesn't make you smil I'd best check your pulse.
 
(http://www.velowire.com/watermark_photo.php?ID=18090)

BTW Dan rides this year too with his new team  #academy :cheer
I'm adding him to my riders to watch list. LOVE HIM

THE TRO-BRO POSTER

See, he's already tweeting the race love...
https://twitter.com/DanFromNam/status/852873079378280448

This time about one of the other aspects this race is known for - their race posters. Every year the new race poster features a drawing of the reigning champion drawn by race organiser John Paul Mellouet. A true labour of love.  You can view them all in Dan's tweet above, or here  (http://www.letelegramme.fr/cyclisme/tro-bro-leon-de-1984-a-2017-votez-pour-votre-affiche-preferee-12-04-2017-11473117.php)

Other things to do to get in the Tro-Bro mood...
Give this Rouleur (https://rouleur.cc/editorial/tro-bro-leon/) piece a read
Sigh over this  (http://www.yarak.cc/trobro)by Ashley and Jered Gruber
Do the same as me, wonder yet again why we are not racing about Brittany looking for ribinou. Ah well, there's always next year.
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 17, 2017, 17:22
Glorious sunshine, glorious scenery, glorious racing and a nail-biter of a finish. Tro Bro, you outdid yourself.

#armee Damien Gaudin and #wanty Frederik Backaert attacked with about 50km to go and despite huge efforts by  #ag2r #fdj in the chasing group (containing the likes of Demare, Barbier, Chavanel and Pichon) managed to keep their lead. But my oh my was it close. With 20km to go they had over a minute, by the time they were on the last lap it had tumbled to under 20secs. They were hovering around under 10secs at the flamme rouge, the group could see them but they could not bring them back. Gaudin coming over the line was pure joy.

https://twitter.com/cyclingreporter/status/853979823663919104

Only caught the last 20km, am going to find a video and watch more.

Here's your results



Best Breton was  fourth placed  #fortuneo Laurent Pichon...

Piglet ahoy

https://twitter.com/FortuneoVitalC/status/853993513247289346

Absolutely stonking ride by Damien Gaudin who reminded us of his 5th in Paris Roubaix 4 years ago. His post race interview reported in   Direct Velo. (http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/57500/damien-gaudin-fou-incroyable-inoubliable) sums it all up

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Since the beginning of the season, you have been constantly repeating that this Tro Bro Leon was your great spring rendezvous ...
It was my Paris-Roubaix 2017, and I do not missed. I prove that I am still there, that Damien Gaudin is still on the bike and that he still has things to prove. I think I have shown what I am worth on this race.

 This rounds up a fantastic couple of days for #armee team who come a way with two wins from the last two Couple de France races

Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: just some guy on April 18, 2017, 08:32
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G05RytK-QeU
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Not My Circus on April 18, 2017, 11:30
with comms in English
https://twitter.com/pariswheels/status/854273351430361088
Title: Re: 2017 Coupe de France
Post by: Francois the Postman on April 18, 2017, 17:20
That Tro-Bro Léon, also known as the illegitimate love-child left behind by the Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix after their infamous dirty weekend fling on the West coast of France, isn't a bigger race than it is is nothing short of criminal.