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To create the 1st International Cycling Tour in Provence in 2016 was an ambitious bet, exalting and rich in emotions. Over the years, the Tour de la Provence has grown, taken up new challenges, maintained a high-flying sports scene and anchored in the professional peloton as an indisputable reference in the flagship races of the South of France. This year, the Tour de la Provence is revving up. 16 professional teams, more than 500 kms traveled, 6 step cities, more than a hundred volunteers, on an event that is now over 4 days, the time of a long weekend.

All my wishes of encouragement to all runners. A very big thank you also to all our faithful partners, private and institutional, who trust us, and to all mayors of municipalities hosting this event.

We want the race to be exciting, that the riders take pleasure and greatness, in short, that the collective emotion is intense and at the height of this event. - Jean Christophe Serfati

The race starts at the Paul Ricard racetrack with a prologue just under 6kms, from there the race will go to Aubagne and onto Istres, a city framed by the lagoons of Berre and Oliver. The first stage will take in the massifs of the South Luberon and the Alpilles.

For the third day, the peloton will take in the winding curves of the Col de l'Espigoulier, along the magnificent landscapes of the sea and its coves, between La Ciotat and Gémenos.

The last stage will offer some spectacular scenery, at the foot of the Sainte Victoire massif, a major element of the Aix landscape, to that of Sainte-Baume. This stage will be marked by a start from the Esplanade Mozart in Aix-en-Provence and for a spectacular finale on the Corniche, one of the symbolic roads of Marseille.

Thu 8 Feb:
Prologue - Castellet  ›  Castellet (5.8km)



 
Fri 9 Feb:
Stage 1 - Aubagne  ›  Istres (184km)



 
The main difficulties are climbs of 7.5km @ 3% and 4km @ 4% so nothing that demanding and the stage finishes with three loops in Istres

Sat 10 Feb:
Stage 2 - La Ciotat  ›  Gémenos (153km)



 
The hardest stage of the race, the climbing starts early with a rise of 6km @ 5.4% beginning within the first 10km, the big test of the day is the Col de l'Espigoulier which is being tackled twice at the end of the stage, it is a 10 kilometer climb with an average of 5.6%.

Sun 11 Feb:
Stage 3 - Aix en Provence  ›  Marseille (167km)



 
A lumpy stage with no major difficulties but the up and down nature on windy roads could have an impact.

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Previous winners
2017   DENNIS Rohan *au
2016   VOECKLER Thomas *fr

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  • « Last Edit: February 02, 2018, 23:23 by Francois the Postman »

    Francois the Postman

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    Nice overview Murrjt, I tweaked it so your embedded code shows (hope you didn't try too long to make it work, html embedding is normally switched off for security reasons)... but it looks like they are still getting their own site to work too!





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    Prologue has just started so this will be a late finish under the floodlights of the circuit.
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    Laporte was the leader for a while until Chavanel beat him by 15 hundredths of a second but then last man off Geniez set the fastest time.



    Post Merge: February 08, 2018, 17:20
    Also there was live coverage today (video is here https://www.facebook.com/laprovence/videos/10156025299755539/ if you want to watch it)

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    That's actually 2 out of 2 possible wins for Geniez this season. Good start!   :cool
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    The break consisted of the following three riders, Bernardinetti #amore Sevilla #polartec and Mainard #roubaix they got a lead of three and a half minutes but the peloton managed the gap well and caught them with a bit less than 10 kilometers left.

    The ensuing sprint was won by Laporte #cofidis ahead of Grosu #nippo and Pierre Barbier #roubaix. Like last year there aren't bonus seconds so Geniez is still the leader.



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    Laporte is really developing nicely. No need to be a leadout man for Bou Bou and, at this rate, he'll soon be the go-to fastman at Cofidis.  :-x :P
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    A group of five riders went away early on and were caught on the first ascent of the Col de l'Espigoulier, after the summit Dernies  #roubaix went out alone for a bit but was caught on the final climb, the peloton was gradually whittled down to about 15 riders after which there were a fair few attacks but nobody managed to get away for long and it ended as a nine man sprint which was won by Di Grégorio #delko ahead of Calmejane #direct and Gallopin #ag2r. As Geniez was one of those nine riders he holds onto the race lead.


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    Not much time to follow things today but after the original break was caught, there was a late attack by Camacho #polartec and he managed to hold off the peloton until the last kilometer but he was caught and it ended in a sprint finish where Laporte #cofidis continued his good early season from with his third win of the year. Geniez won the race overall.








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    Also Laporte is showing amazing form
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    Alexandre Geniez is on roll, 3rd victory this season.   :)
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