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May 1910. Two months before the start of the 8thedition of the Tour de France, Alphonse Steines drove his car to the foot of the Col du Tourmalet in the Pyrenees.
He was a journalist at L'Auto and was responsible for planning the route for the Tour de France. For quite some time, he’d had just one idea in mind: he wanted to find out if it was possible for the riders in the next edition to enter the Pyrenees for the first time. No one had ever dared to try this before.
This Weekend in Nove Mesto (Czech Republic) was taking place the 3rd Stage of the XC World Cup. A promising 25th place for Alexis Vuillermoz, progressively coming back on top! He is happy to this result and hopes for the best in the coming races. Jordan Sarrou did not finish the U23 race.
The 4th round next week-end La Bresse in France (19 – 20 May).
1st stage – The victory comes to John Degenkolb on the 1st stage. Two FDJ riders in the top10: Nacer Bouhanni is 4th, Yauheni Hutarovich is 8th.
2nd stage – After winning the sprint, Nacer Bouhanni is finally disqualified! Kenny Van Hummel claims victory in this 2nd stage.
3rd stage - John Degenkolb wins the last stage of the Tour de Picardie and the overall classification. Arnaud Courteille takes 7th place. At the overall, Huta is the best FDJ rider, he is 12th.
1st Stage (Time Trial) - Taylor Phinney is the first leader of this race. For the FDJ riders:
2nd STAGE – Soupe finish 3 rd and Bonnet 9th so 2 FDJ Racers in the top 10. A good start, unfortunately Arnaud Démare couldn’t take part in the sprint, he was on the middle of a massive crash in the last corner before the finish line. Mark Cavendish wins the second stage before Matthew Goss and …… GEOFFREY SOUPE!
3rd stage – Horsens - 4th place for Démare, his first top 5 on the Giro! And the second top5 in a raw for FDJ – Bigmat team avec 3rd place of Soupe! Victory comes to Matthew Goss.
4th stage – 18th place on the Team Time Trial for the FDJ-Bigmat. The Garmin team claims victory, Ramunas Navardauskas is the new leader of the Giro.
5th stage – Arnaud Démare takes 9th place, Mickael Delage 12th. Mark Cavendish claims victory after a strong domination by the Team Sky.
6th stage – Angel Rubianio wins the stage and the pink jersey goes to Adriano Malori. 1st FDJ-Bigmat rider, Geoffrey Soupe, finishes with the peloton, 11th.
7th stage - 1st real climbing stage, but no big gaps finally. Sandy Casar is 43rd at 31 seconds from winner Paolo Tiralongo.
8th stage - Domenico Pozzovivo claims victory on the 8th stage. Sandy Casar, 1st FDJ rider, is 34th at 1’24 from the winner.
9th stage – 15th place for Geoffrey Soupe on the 9th stage of the Giro, won by José Ventoso. Calm stage except a big climb in the last kilometer, where a big crash
That was close for Sandy Casar ! On the 12th stage of the Giro, the leader of FDJ Bigmat was close to the victory. He escaped all stage long with 8 riders and was virtual leader at the overall classification. He finally won’t get the pink jersey, for about 20 seconds. The peloton, initially far back, finally woke up in the final kilometers and closed the gap significantly. Enough to keep the leader’s jersey on Joaquin Rodriguez’s shoulders. Casar sprinted for the victory but finished 2nd of that stage, behin Lars Bak (Lotto). Arnaud Démare quitted the race after 13 stages, and 4 places in the Top10. Encouraging for a 1st Grand Tour!
16th Stage – Sandy Casar finishes 13th and takes the 10th place at the overall.
17th Stage - Bad news for Sandy Casar, 27th to the 17th stage. He looses more than 10 minutes and logically goes out of the top 10. Probably the hardest stage since the beginning of the Giro: the 22nd ended at 6 ', the 30th at 11'30 ..
18th Stage - Geoffrey Soup takes part in the sprint and finish 9th!
19th Stage - Sandy Casar is 14th of the 19th stage on the Alpe di Pampeago. He takes the 18th place at the overall!
20th Stage - Sandy Casar finished far and is out of the top 25.
21th Stage - The Giro is over! No stage victory for the FDJ-BigMat but emotions with raids of Sandy Casar and numberous of top 10, thanks to Arnaud Démare.
1st Stage – Pierrick Fédrigo is 3rd behind the sprinters Degenkolb and Napolitano and in front of Voeckler. He was in a little group which took a few seconds to the peloton.
2nd Stage – A pretty hard stage for the FDJ Team who managed to control the peloton and the blows edge. Finally, It’s a big group of 50 racers who had a final sprint to the finish line. As the 1st stage it’s John Degenkolb who was the faster. Nacer Bouhanni finish 4th and Pierrick Fédrigo is still at the 3rd place at the overall, 15 seconds behing the German.
3rd Stage – David Boucher doesn’t arrive to win a race since 2004, but on the Belgium Roads, FDJ-Bigmat racer succeeded to take times to the peloton on the good escape of the day. He’s 5th of this stage. Pierrick Fedrigo lost a place and he’s 4th at 1’41 of Jimmy Engoulvent is the new Leader.
4th Stage – Pierrick Fedrigo is not a fan of pavement, but he was not too bad at Mont Cassel: 6th of the stage and 5th at the overall.
5th Stage – Nacer Bouhanni take the 5th place of the last stage of “des 4 jours de Dunkerque”. Matteo Pelucchi win the stage, Pierrick Fédrigo is 6th at the overall and Jimmy Engoulvent win “4 jours de Dunkerque”.
This weekend, the second step of the world cup was taking place in Houffalize (Belgium). Some good results with a 8th place for Jean-Christophe Péraud and a 10th place for Jordan Sarrou in the U23 category (first French rider).
Alexis Vuillermoz has finished at the 43rd and Pierre Geoffroy Plantet at the 80th.
At the Overall Jean-Christophe is 15th and Alexis 45th. Jordan Sarrou is 13th U23 overall.
Arnaud Demare has finished fourth of the 29th Tro Bro Leon edition who was the 9th step of the french cup, in Lannilis (Finistère). The Race was 206.4 Kms long.
ARNAUD DEMARE SECOND OF THE PMU FRENCH CUP
After the 9th step of the PMU French Cup at the Tro Bro Leon Race in Lannilis, Arnaud Démare is second overall.
Patrick Thome has finished Second behind Giordanango Aurélien during the Cesar cup last week.
Sospel Rally 06 (Alpes-Maritimes) - Second stage of the 1001 Enduro Tour. Victory of Nicolas Vouilloz who won the 4 specials.
Congratulations to him.
This weekend was taking place the three days of Vaucluse Tour. Alexis Vuillermoz won the Two first stages. Alexis finished first on the Seniors Category for the both races. Marvin Gruget (look - beaumes de venise) won the first stage on scratch before Alexis. Unfortunately Alexis didn’t take part of the last stage.
Congratulations to him.
The 1st round of the MTB French Cup took place this weekend in Saint Raphael (Var). After a strong start and fighting for a place on the podium, Alexis Vuillermoz finished 6th.
In the U23 race, Lapierre riders finish close from each others: Jordan Sarrou is 4th place (14th overall) and Thomas Lapeyrie 5th (17th overall).
Another performance to be noticed: the young rider from Veloroc Lapierre Hugo Pigeon, current Cadets French champion, assumed his status of favorite by taking the victory!
The Flèche d’Emeraude, 5th round of the Road French Cup was taking place in Saint Malo yesterday. As a conclusion of 182kms, the sprinter Nacer Bouhanni finished at the second place behind the Italian Roberto Ferrari (Androni Giocattoli).
After 5 rounds, 3 riders from FDJ Bigmat are leading the overall classification of young riders! Arnaud Démare, Nacer Bouhanni and Arthur Vichot are the top 3.
The Criterium International was taking place this week-end in Corsica: 3 stages in 2 days, including 1 time trial on Saturday. The 3rd stage, with a lot of climbs, was announced decisive: 24 riders holding in 20 seconds at the overall classification before this last stage.