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Riders forced to buy second-hand shoes after UCI issues late Ekoi pedal banUCI steps in after authorization file was yet to be validated, forcing riders to borrow pedals and buy shoes
Mads Pedersen goes deep to win Etoile de BessègesKévin Vauquelin moves up to second overall after winning final time trial in Alès, Bettiol takes third
Etoile de Bessèges: Samuel Leroux holds off charging field to win stage 4Dries De Bondt takes second, Stefan Bissegger third in breakaway sprint into Méjannes-le-Clap
|Wednesday January 31 to Sunday February 4
|2023 Etoile de Bessèges
The five-day Etoile de Bessèges-Tour du Gard holds a special place in the cycling calendar as together with the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in Spain, which runs concurrently, Bessèges is traditionally the first stage racing event of the European season.
Created in 1971 by former pro Romain Fangille, (whose daughter Claudine Fangille-Allegre still organises it today) Bessèges is held entirely in the southerly Gard region of France. Bessèges usually has a less mountainous course than Comunitat Valenciana, meaning it is generally decided on the short last-day individual time trial.
On such a rolling course, often lacking a summit finish, time bonuses can be critical. That was the case last year, when it was won overall by Neilson Powless (EF Education-EasyPost) by just one second over Mattias Skjelmose (Trek-Segafredo).
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Etoile de Bessèges-Tour du Gard Schedule
|Jan 31, 2024
|Stage 1: Bellegarde - Bellegarde, 160km
|Feb 1, 2024
|Stage 2: Marguerittes - Rousson, 163.5km
|Feb 2, 2024
|Stage 3: Bessèges - Bessèges, 161.1km
|Feb 3, 2024
|Stage 4: Méjannes-le-Clap - Méjannes-le-Clap, 158.4km
|Feb 4, 2024
|Stage 5: Alès - Alès
Etoile de Bessèges - Tour du Gard 202431 January 2024 - 4 February 2024 | France | 2.1
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Former US road champion begins 2023 at Bessèges alongside Cosnefroy and Van Avermaet then focuses on Giro
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