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
Continuing our series on cycling families, we’re turning our attention to the Dutch Kreder brothers – Michel and younger brother Raymond – who last week hit the headlines for all the right reasons: “Kreder brothers catapulted into contention at Tour Mediterraneen”. Yes, they’re riding for the same team, Garmin-Barracuda. Raymond joined his older brother Michel at the start of this season and already they’re turning heads.
It’s on, it’s off, it’s back on again. Yes, it’s the Tour Mediterraneen which was in danger of turning into a pantomime for its 39th edition. It’s the next French stage race following on from the weather-hit L’Etoile de Besseges. This time the racing takes place further east, in the Var, the Vaucluse and Bouches du Rhone. It starts on Thursday and finishes (again) on Mont Faron on Sunday. As you can see from the event poster, it’s supported by the local daily newspapers – the Nice and Var Matins. Please note, however, that the race starts on Thursday 9th February and not the day before.