L’Etoile de Besseges preview

The European season one-day opener, GP La Marseillaise, is quickly followed by the stage race L’Etoile de Besseges which, as its name suggests, is raced around the area of Besseges, a former mining town in the Gard department, part of the Languedoc Roussillon region. It too is supported by the La Marseillaise newspaper.

The 42nd edition of the five-day stage race starts tomorrow (Wednesday) and continues until Sunday. This year it features a split stage on the final day – a short road stage in the morning followed by an uphill time trial in the afternoon. Hoping to make it a bit more of a challenge for the sprinters, perhaps?

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Tour Down Under stage 6 & round-table

GreenEDGE completed a perfect debut, as the latest addition to the UCI ProTeam family claimed overall victory at their ‘home’ race of the Tour Down Under. Simon Gerrans won the event for the second time, having previously won it with AG2R in 2006, while Andre Greipel stormed to his third stage victory to underline his position as arguably the greatest threat to the pre-eminence of Mark Cavendish in the sprints.

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