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Voeckler to begin 2014 season at the Santos Tour Down Under

Stephen Farrand
December 22, 2013, 11:00,
December 22, 2013, 11:37
First Edition Cycling News, Sunday, December 22, 2013
Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) at the start

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) at the start

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Europcar leader set Paris-Nice and Amstel Gold as early targets

Thomas Voeckler has revealed he will begin his 2014 season at the Santos Tour Down Under in Australia, before targeting Paris-Nice, Milan-San Remo and the Amstel Gold Race in the first part of the new season.

The Frenchman has also listed the Tour de France as a major objective on his programme, knowing that his Europcar team has secured an automatic invitation thanks to securing WorldTour status for 2014.

Voeckler spent last week in Salou, Spain, at a Europcar training camp and will travel to Australia in the new year. He listed his goals for 2014 on his personal website:

The Santos Tour Down Under runs between January 19-26 and then Voeckler will return to Europe to ride Le tour Méditeranéen (February 13-16) in the South of France, La Ruta Del Sol (February 19-23) in the south of Spain, the one-day Sud Ardèche (March 1) and La drôme classique (March 2).

Voeckler won two stages of Paris-Nice in 2011 and has often gone on the attack on the hilly stages of the Race to the Sun.

After riding Milan-San Remo, which will suit much more with the addition of the Pompeiana climb in the finale, Voeckler will take a break before riding the Tour of the Basque Country before heading to the Ardennes for the Amstel Gold race on April 20.

He will perhaps ride the Critérium du Dauphiné (June 8-15) and the French national championships (June 29) before traveling to Yorkshire for the start of the Tour de France on July 5.

Todd Wilson 10 months ago
This man is a talented bike rider.
Alpe73 10 months ago
Yep, like him a lot.
bianchi1885 10 months ago
Looking forward to Voeckler animating the KOM competition at the Tour, and maybe getting back to fighting for GC. Let's not forget he finished 4th overall in the 2011 TdF, just behind the Schleck Bros. (and GC winner Cadel), with Contador right behind him.
Raoul Duke 10 months ago
Much respect and admiration for what Voeckler gives to racing/races. Impressive palmares, and when he gets a jersey on his shoulders it is incredible how he lifts his game, most memorably (for me) in the 2004, 2011 and 2012 TdF.
rivet46 10 months ago
His tongue wagging has grown on me
Manuel Schoel 10 months ago
I'm always impressed by the fact, how many races he does over the year. He has almost no time to recover and still gets the job done! WOW
yetanothergreenworld 10 months ago
He's not quite a badger -- but as a gerbil, he's a great showman :)
PatsyCline 10 months ago
I not he's not the most popular rider in either the peloton, or among fans, but I love him [in a non-Eros type of way].
Alpe73 10 months ago
"[in a non-Eros type of way]" So, Patsy ... you mean you don't "fall ........ to ....... pieces"? :-) Yep, Tommy is true value top notch. Can't imagine the tour without him.
Lance, remember Bassons? 10 months ago
I'm sorry, but I think he's a bit of a t it, a show pony and a bit fake with his facial contortions. Especially accelerating off after the Hoogerland/Flecha car carnage a few years ago - but hey, seems the Europcar way to accelerate after the peleton suffers misfortune.
JantonStentenan 10 months ago
Spoken like a class A to ol. I can tell you, as a guy who used to be there myself, pro bike riders don't have time to be making silly faces during a race. Whatever face they make is the face they have had their whole lives. They're slightly more concerned with winning, or in Voeckler's case, surviving the brutal conditions in the North of France.
Lance, remember Bassons? 10 months ago
Thanks Janton, Merry Xmas to you too.