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47th Etoile de Bessèges
« on: January 01, 2017, 17:07 »

Created in 1971 the Etoile de Bessèges is now over 40 years old and its founder Roland Fangille with his small band of volunteer cycling enthusiasts could never have imagined that the race would become international and bring together a peloton worthy of the biggest races.

Until 1973 the race was run on a single day, then from 1974 a six-day stage race replaced the Grand Prix and the "star" began to shine. As the result of a new rule from the UCI the race was trimmed to five days in 1977 and Fangille responded by creating a single day race, the Grand Prix d'Ouverture, which was turned over to the newspaper La Marseillaise in 1989, leaving Fangille and his team to focus solely on the Etoile de Bessèges.

Many great names of the international cycling scene have written their names on the palmarès of the race: Jacques Esclassan, Dietrich Thurau, Jan Raas, the Planckaert brothers, Niki Rütimann, Adrie Van Der Poel, Beat Zberg, Etienne De Wilde, Sergei Outschakov, Jan Svorada, Robbie McEwen, Fabio Baldato, Laurent Brochard, Nick Nuyens, Yuri Trofimov, Thomas Voeckler, Samuel Dumoulin, Bob Jungels and last years 46th edition was won by Jerome Coppel which was his second overall race victory.

Magnificent stage victories have been recorded by great champions including Bernard Hinault, Laurent Fignon, Cyrille Guimard, Joop Zoetemelk, Gerrie Knetemann, Eric Vanderaerden, Charly Mottet, Régis Simon, Urs Freuler, Gilbert Glaus, Mario Cipollini, Wilfried Nelissen, Jaan Kirsipuu, Jean-Paul Van Poppel, Tom Steels, Baden Cooke, Jens Voigt, Jimmy Casper, Nicki Sørensen, Richard Virenque, Luc Leman, Nacer Bouhanni, Marcel Kittel and Bryan Coquard.

Today the cycling season begins in Australia or Argentina and continues in Dubai or Malaysia but the European season starts here with the Etoile de Bessèges, an essential race at the beginning of the year for riders and media alike.

Despite the years of snow, rain and freezing winds, the Etoile de Bessèges still shines with the happiness of everyone present. As Roland Fangille once said: "we've managed to keep going because we believed in it and we've been able to live our passion through it."

Stage: 1 - 1st February : Bellegarde - Beaucaire, 158 km



Stage: 2 - 2nd February : Nîmes - Rodilhan, 152 km



Stage: 3 - 3rd February : Bessèges - Bessèges, 152 km



Stage: 4 - 4th February : Chusclan - Laudun, 153 km




Stage: 5 - 5th February : Alés ITT, 12 km



Teams

#fdj #ag2r  #lotto #cofidis #direct #delko #fortuneo #wanty #vlaanderen #cajarural #wbva #roubaix #armee #anpost #auber #roth

Startlist

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Previous winners
2016   COPPEL Jérome *fr
2015   JUNGELS Bob *lu
2014   LUDVIGSSON Tobias *se   
2013   HIVERT Jonathan *fr   
2012   COPPEL Jerome *fr   
2011   RAVARD Anthony *fr   
2010   DUMOULIN Samue *fr   
2009   VOECKLER Thomas *fr   
2008   TROFIMOV Yury *ru   
2007   NUYENS Nick *be

As has been the case in recent years the GC may well be decided by the final stage time trial with the previous stages offering some opportunities to the sprinters and those willing to race aggressively.

The race can be followed here
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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
    « Reply #1 on: January 22, 2017, 19:39 »
    Provisional startlist is out and is here

    Notable riders include previous winners Thomas Voeckler #direct and Samuel Dumoulin #ag2r as well as former podium finishers in Tony Gallopin #lotto, Jerome Cousin #cofidis and Kris Boeckmans #lotto.

    The two big name sprinters are Alexander Kristoff #katusha and Arnaud Demare #fdj.

    Some other riders to look out for are Arthur Vichot #fdj, Pierre Latour #ag2r and Sylvain Chavanel #direct.
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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
    « Reply #2 on: January 22, 2017, 20:25 »
    Interesting line up. Will be good to see #direct Boudat and #fortuneo McClay go up against Demare and Kristoff.

    Some good young riders here too, mostly in support roles by the looks of it but maybe with opportunities to attack / sprint: #ag2r Nans Peters, #cofidis Hugo Hofstetter, #armee Yannis Yssaad, #katusha Mads Wurtz and Nils Politt

    We might also see Dion Smith coming in for Westra for #wanty seems like a race that would suit him
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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
    « Reply #5 on: February 01, 2017, 13:12 »
    BOTD Nico DENZ (AG2R La Mondiale), Frederik BACKAERT (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Jérémy BESCOND (HP BTP-Auber 93) et Kévin LEBRETON (Armée de Terre). they have 4 . 50
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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
    « Reply #8 on: February 01, 2017, 16:45 »
    Vichot #fdj DNF
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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
    « Reply #10 on: February 02, 2017, 12:18 »
    BOTD

    Przemyslaw KASPERKIEWICZ (An Post-ChainReaction), Fabien GRELLIER (Direct Energie), Yann GUYOT (Armée de Terre), Anthony MALDONADO (HP BTP-Auber 93), Quentin JAUREGUI (AG2R La Mondiale) et Preben VAN HECKE (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
    « Reply #13 on: February 03, 2017, 07:55 »


    home made comms  :)
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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
    « Reply #14 on: February 03, 2017, 13:45 »
    Group of 22 have a lead of 5'20 over the peloton, about 75km to go.


    Tony GALLOPIN  #lotto
    Hubert DUPONT, Samuel DUMOULIN, Pierre LATOUR, Julien DUVAL  #ag2r
    Reto HOLLENSTEIN, Nils POLITT, Rein TAARAMÄE  #katusha 
    Lilian CALMEJANE, Sylvain CHAVANEL  #direct
    Romain HARDY, Arnold JEANNESSON  #fortuneo
    Christophe LAPORTE, Jérôme COUSIN  #cofidis
    Mauro FINETTO, Julien EL FARÈS, Quentin PACHER  #delko
    Frederik BACKAERT  #wanty
    Jaime ROSON GARCIA  #cajarural
    Damien GAUDIN  #armee
    Roland THALMANN #roth
    Jimmy JANSSENS #cibel
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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
    « Reply #15 on: February 03, 2017, 15:42 »
    The time gap quickly became unassailable due to a slowing peloton, from that point on there were attacks from the leading bunch.

    First up was Dupont, Cousin, Combaud and Calmejane who managed to get a lead of half a minute before being brought back, then it was Pacher and Calmejane again, the gap went up to 25 seconds as Katsuha and AG2R chased them down.

    The active Calmejane then dropped Pacher who was soon caught by the bunch, however the chasing group was unable to catch the #direct rider who hung on for victory ahead of Mads Würtz Schmidt (who was obviously also in the lead group despite not being listed above) whilst Mauro Finetto rounded out the podium.

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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
    « Reply #16 on: February 03, 2017, 16:00 »
    mmh, too bad that Finetto lost 2 minutes yesterday - but it's a good sign that he seems to manage to fit into those French races fairly quickly :cool

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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
    « Reply #17 on: February 05, 2017, 11:31 »
    Found this cool video on France 3 Facebook. It's Etoile from 1987...with Laurent Fignon.

    Back to 2017... it's tight at the top and will of course come down to the traditional Ales TT. My cheers will of course go to Mads Wurz \o/

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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
    « Reply #18 on: February 05, 2017, 13:17 »
    Demare took his second win of the race beating Kristoff and Laporte who picked up four bonus seconds to move into 4th place overall.



    Only the top 10 are within 2 minutes of the race leader Calmejane.

    Start times for them are as follows:

    15h58' VANTOMME Maxime  #wbva
    15h59' HARDY Romain  #fortuneo
    16h00' HOLLENSTEIN Reto  #katusha
    16h01' POLITT Nils  #katusha
    16h02' LATOUR Pierre Roger  #ag2r
    16h03' CHAVANEL Sylvain  #direct
    16h04' LAPORTE Christophe  #cofidis
    16h05' GALLOPIN Tony  #lotto
    16h06' SCHMIDT Mads Würtz  #katusha
    16h07' CALMEJANE Lilian  #direct

    Full list here

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    Re: 47th Etoile de Bessèges
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