It's time for THE BIG CHEESE!!!!
Saint-Germain to Livarot (200k)
Round Five Coupe De France
Tues 11th April
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
of press clippings through the years.
1981 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 Sébastien2016 Edition
Cyril Gautier and
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. 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
It's rolling to start, then a series of Cat 1 climbs one after the other, then a testy rolling finish.
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
for the in depth preview. It's in Danish but google translate will do a good enough job. Start Listconfirmed line up...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:
Samual Dumoulin, never ruled out
Arthur Vichot and
Lilian Calmejane fresh from success at Sarthe
have a team full of aggressive riders Romain Hardy, Arnold Jeannesson, Laurent Pichon (though he has been ill) and Anthony Delaplace
Julien Loubet and
also went well at Circuit des Ardennes last week.
Sprinty names to look for
Yannis YssaadSocial MediaWebsite
Can't find a twitter account but the hashtag is #ParisCamembertFollow
French Eurosport show it
Direct Velo will have a live ticker