Early season French races review

It’s been an interesting start to the French season and we’re going to be having a quick look back at the GP Cycliste La Marseillaise, Etoile de Besseges, Tour Mediterraneen and the Tour du Haut Var, all of which lived up to expectations and – despite weather-related issues – delivered so much more. Continue reading

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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