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France looks to bridge lengthy gap at Ponferrada Worlds

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Nacer Bouhanni and Sylvain Chavanel with the French national team

Nacer Bouhanni and Sylvain Chavanel with the French national team
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Nacer Bouhanni (France) doing the recce on Thursday

Nacer Bouhanni (France) doing the recce on Thursday
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France checks out the Ponferrada road course

France checks out the Ponferrada road course
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Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) celebrates his stage win with a bottle of champagne

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr) celebrates his stage win with a bottle of champagne
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Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) enjoys a day in yellow during stage 10

Tony Gallopin (Lotto Belisol) enjoys a day in yellow during stage 10
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Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) takes the victory

Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) takes the victory
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With cars barred, officially at least, from driving on the circuit in Ponferrada on Thursday morning, French national coach Bernard Bourreau opted to take a final look at the World Championships by bike in the company of his riders.

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