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A look at the school, the races and the future of this unique 'sport'
See how nearly every bicycle saddle is made
Ever wonder how FSA does it? Take a walk through the factory and find out
Classic Colnago steel frame with gorgeous pantographed Campagnolo components
2011 UCI status: ProTeam
Sponsor: Personal insurance provider
Team Nationality: France
Team Manager: Vincent Lavenu
Directeurs sportifs: Laurent Biondi, Didier Jannel, Arturas Kasputis, Julien Jurdie, Gilles Mas
Hungry for stage wins
The team brought in seven new riders for 2011 and is the only French team registered in the UCI World Tour. It will be led by Nicolas Roche, who has tamed his attacking _lair to be a strong grand tour rider. The Irishman will share team leadership with Jean-Christophe Péraud, who turned professional with Omega Pharma-Lotto last year. Péraud will hunt stage wins or the mountains classification at his first grand tour in 2011.
Veterans such as Christophe Riblon – who won a Tour stage last year – and Rinaldo Nocentini will guide young talent Loubet, Kadri and Bonnafond, the latter hoping to secure a berth in the team’s guaranteed Tour de France slot. The squad’s success will largely be defined by its performance at the Tour de France, so expect to see riders such as Cyril Dessel going ror breaks and stage wins.