The traditional French season opening races GP de la Marseillaise (February 1) and the stage race...
The traditional French season opening races GP de la Marseillaise (February 1) and the stage race Etoile de BessÃ¨ges (February 2-6) will count on the participation of 18 teams, half of which are French: CrÃ©dit Agricole, Bouygues TÃ©lÃ©com, Bretagne-Jean Floc'h, La FranÃ§aise des Jeux, RAGT Semences, Ag2r PrÃ©voyance, Cofidis, Auber 93 and Agritubel.
Making up the nine foreign squads are: Davitamon-Lottto, Landbouwkrediet-Colnago, Miche, MrBookmaker.com-SportsTech, Team CSC, Chocolade Jacques-T Interim, Flanders, Jartazi-Revor and Team LPR. The most prominent riders competing in the two events are: Jaan Kirsipuu, Brad McGee, Tom Steels, Peter Van Petegem, Christophe Moreau, Laurent Brochard, Sandy Casar, Thomas LÃ¶vkvist, Franck Vandenbroucke, Bobby Julich, Jens Voigt, Sylvain Chavanel, CÃ©dric Vasseur, Pavel Tonkov and Dimitri Konyshev.
The GP de la Marseillaise will be held over 128 km from Six Fours-les-Plages to Gardanne. On the next day, the 35th edition of Etoile de BessÃ¨ges will start in Marseilles and finish in BessÃ¨ges four days later. The race course is as follows:
February 2: Marseille-Marseille (126 km)
February 3: NÃ®mes-St-Ambroux (149 km)
February 4: Branoux-les-Taillades-La Grande Combe (143 km)
February 5: AllÃ¨gre les Fumades-AllÃ¨gre les Fumades (152 Km)
February 6: GagniÃ¨res-BessÃ¨ges (148 km)
Courtesy of velomania.net