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Premier titre national pour Lotte Kopecky

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Lotte Kopecky a décroché le titre de championne de Belgique sur route pour la première fois de sa carrière. Après 131 kilomètres de course dans la région d’Anzegem, elle a devancé au sprint Jolien D’Hoore et Shari Bossuyt. Kopecky succède donc à sa coéquipière Jesse Vandenbulcke. A côté de ce titre sur route, la coureuse de 24 ans est également l’actuelle championne nationale de contre-la-montre.  Lotte Kopecky « Cela fait longtemps que je cours après ce titre national. Cette victoire me fait donc énormément plaisir. C’était vraiment une belle performance d’équipe aujourd’hui. Mes coéquipières ont pris les choses en main dès le départ. Elles ont durci la course et elles ont neutralisé beaucoup d’attaques. Après tout ce travail, je me devais de conclure. » « Je n’ai pas eu peur d’attaquer assez tôt. Au final, ça s’est avéré payant. J’ai pu rendre la course plus difficile pour Jolien et ça a eu un impact sur elle dans le sprint. A un moment donné, le peloton était très proche et j’ai tenté de la surprendre en attaquant dans le Tiegemberg. Elle n’a pas vraiment apprécié, mais on a su maintenir l’allure. » « Quand Shari nous a rejointes dans les derniers kilomètres, j’ai vite senti qu’elle allait se satisfaire de la troisième place. J’ai lancé mon sprint à 200 mètres de la ligne d’arrivée. J’ai un peu paniqué au moment de changer de vitesse mais ça n’a pas causé trop de problèmes, heureusement. Jolien était juste à côté de moi et je savais qu’il fallait y aller à fond jusqu’à la fin. » « J’ai levé les bras parce que je sentais que j’avais gagné. Quand Jol...

Nacer Bouhanni wins the Grand Prix d'Isbergues

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Nacer Bouhanni won his 3rd success in the North, the 9th since the start of the season for the Arkéa-SamsicTeam. Nacer Bouhanni “The race was very fast from the start, but the team controlled as much as possible to make it a sprint. Benoit Jarrier, Florian Vachon & Alan Riou held the helm in front of the peloton Donavan Grondin pulled a good stretch to the last corner, and then I had Bram Welten and Dan McLay to start the sprint. I just had to finish the job. " "I'm happy to win this event for the Arkéa-Samsic team, but also for Florian Vachon who was competing in the last race of his professional career today. I told him while laughing last night, "like tomorrow, it's your last competition, you'll keep your bibs!" "He told me then" only if you win! I told him then, "I'll try to win for you." I also gave Florian my cup and the bouquet. It’s good to end up like this. It gives us all a boost. I am happy to offer him the end of his career with this success ”. “After the Brussels Classic, it was complicated. I had pain all over, especially in the neck. Once the aches were gone, I did a big week of training. The recovery in Italy did me good: the Gi ro della Toscana & the Coppa Sabatini. The average was high on these two events. The second day, it was a puncher's arrival. It allowed me to get back into it, because I did not run for a while between Brussels and these two events, now I will continue with Paris-Camembert & Paris-Chauny ".

TDF 2020/ sTAGE 11 / CalebEwan 2nd Victory

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Caleb Ewan caught a second stage victory in Poitiers in this Tour de France. In the final sprint, a final boost allowed the Australian to throw his bike on the line and lead in extremis Peter Sagan, Sam Bennett and Wout van Aert. This is the second victory for Caleb Ewan and Lotto Soudal in this Tour de France, after a first success in Sisteron at the end of the third stage. Caleb Ewan: “It was madness in the finale. I was at the front 1.5km from the finish and let myself be downshifted because of the headwind. Since my first win, I know I have to stay calm and wait for the breach to open. I didn’t find the opening until quite late today. I threw my bike over the line but didn't know if I won. I really wanted to win today. I was disappointed yesterday and it gives me great pleasure that the efforts of my teammates are rewarded. " “I'm really happy with these two victories. The first takes a lot of pressure off. After that, you always want to go get a second one. Now I obviously want to win a 3rd one, especially in Paris on the Champs-Elysées. So I hope to hang in the mountains and be able to try my luck again in Paris. " “We are only 5 cyclists at Lotto Soudal. It means I only have four teammates left to prepare for the sprints. After all the hard work during the stage, they were down to two in the last 10 kilometers. The other teams put pressure on us attacking in the final, but my two teammates did the job of a dozen men. They really did a really good job. " “My main competitor, Sam Bennett, is one of my best friends. In the sprint it is only the victory that counts but we are happy when the other wins. I was very happy to see him take his first ...

TDF 2020 / Stage 11 : Nairo Quintana still ranks 5th in general classification

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Nairo Quintana finished in the first peloton on this second flat stage in a row of this 2020 Tour de France. He was perfectly protected by all of his teammates including Clément Russo, 17th at the finish. Clement Russo“I spent the last fifty kilometers protecting Nairo during this second day on the plains. We were positioned in the top 20 of the peloton. I told him to stay in my wheel, that I was going to pilot him. I do indeed like rubbing and being in contact with the sprinters. I enjoyed doing this placement work, like that throughout the day. It’s a role I enjoyed playing with him " Nairo Quintana“The proposed routes for this 11th stage were still complicated, however my teammates helped me as always, supported me throughout the day. We had to constantly fight to find ourselves in front, to keep our position. Being in the front of the peloton was the best place to be because it was a lot of friction. We have held our place. Tomorrow is a stage in the middle of the mountains, and my goal once again will be to find myself in contact with the very best. I feel great after my fall yesterday. I am recovering well. Luckily this one was okay. I am physically well ”. Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director of the Arkéa-Samsic team“This 11th stage was quieter. I think yesterday's was so exhausting that the whole peloton needed to breathe physically, morally. This day allowed all the runners, including ours of course, to recover from the falls that had occurred the day before. Tomorrow is scheduled a very long mid-mountain stage which could leave traces in the bodies, before the important ones which are looming in the 3rd week of this Tour de France ”.

TDF 2020/Stage 11 : Guillaume Martin still ranks 3rd in the General Classification

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The day after a minor crash, the leader of the Cofidis team (3rd overall) wanted to experience a quieter stage. And this is exactly the expected scenario that unfolded between Châtelaillon-Plage and Poitiers (167.5 km) where his teammates supported him seriously throughout the day. The vigilant team to the endThis long day between Châtelaillon-Plage and Poitiers (167.5 km) went off without a hitch for the leaders, Guillaume included. At the end of the stage, Nicolas Edet and the whole team were keen to place themselves at the forefront in order to support him until the end and avoid the traps. On arrival, Guillaume Martin, who praised the work of his teammates, said he was satisfied with this stage. On his hand, Elia Viviani did not manage to find the opening in the sprint and finally finished 17th . Guillaume Martin's hot reaction“I wanted to have a quiet day after the crash yesterday and I did. We were attentive all day and we stayed focused. In the end, Nicolas (Edet) and the whole team had a great work to keep us in the front and not waste too much energy. From start to finish, it was a good job. It allowed us to have a relatively calm day and to consider the rest with serenity. I felt better than after yesterday's stage. I still felt in my back and neck that it was quite sore at the start of the stage. It wasn't a super enjoyable day on the bike but it was. And I'm glad I got through the day without any problems. "

pauline Allin Victory on the 6th stage of Tour de l'Ardèche International

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And two! Pauline Allin scored a second success for the Arkéa Pro Cycling Team, a few days after Gladys Verhulst unlocked the clock in Ile-de-France. This second 'bouquet' was raised on the roads of the Tour International de l'Ardèche, race 2.1! Accustomed to prestigious successes, Pauline, who won the Francophonie Games in Africa a few years ago, appreciated this beautiful new line that she has included in her record. “La Francophonie was with the French team, but this is a race with my brand team, there is a high level in this competition, and this success is a great reward for all the girls of the team, because we have all been present since the start of this competition. I started in the morning break and at the top of the last pass we were down to six in the lead. At the bottom of the last steep one-kilometer climb: four. And then it was done by still elimination, and I end up with the girl from Rally leading the way. And I thought, maybe she'll crack. I am still in his wheel in a turn at fifty meters. I was on top of it and all of a sudden she collapsed, and I was like, so "go on, go on". It’s the best victory of my career ”. This success Pauline wants to savor it by putting a collective accent on it. “This victory belongs to the whole team. We are all doing well, there are still six of us in the race. Sandra is still 5th in the general, and everyone is working towards the collective ”. An effective and profitable policy. The proof ! To which she added her sports director who was able to find the words in the final to sublimate it.

TDF 2020/ STAGE 10 : Elia Viviani ranks 4th

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Elia Viviani was able to join in the battle for the sprint where he pocketed 4th place and thus demonstrated his rise to power. Guillaume Martin, victim of a minor fall halfway through, benefited from the support of his teammates to preserve his 3rd place overall. After a well-deserved rest day, the peloton hit the road again on Tuesday. And for the first time in twenty years, a stage took place entirely in Charente-Maritime, to the delight of the public who came in large numbers throughout the 168.5 km covered on Tuesday. At Cofidis, we knew that it was a risky stage because of multiple factors including the wind from the ocean - ultimately relatively weak - but also the many roundabouts, islets and urban developments that made the more difficult race. Viviani confirms her return to business When entering Rochefort, Guillaume Martin was caught in a fall, apparently not serious. The rider also complained about his back at the finish. After the crash, he benefited from the invaluable support of his teammates to get back into the peloton. He then strived to stay in the wake of the best, thus protecting his 3rd place overall. The Norman nevertheless wants to be reassuring on his state of health and hopes "a day a little calmer", tomorrow, in order to recover well. His sprinting teammates got involved in the final battle. Elia Viviani, who is gradually regaining full possession of his means after having been touched in the foot in the first week, remained in the wake of the most fit riders of the moment. He finished in 4th place, his best result on this edition of the Tour de France. A clear rise in power and a ranking that he hopes to improve from tomorrow whe...



Nairo Quintana won a place in the general classification of the Tour. He is 5th this evening before starting the second week of racing, on Tuesday, after the rest day tomorrow in La Rochelle. NAIRO QUINTANA "It was not an easy stage for me, I didn't have a great feeling and what is more it went fast all day. I concede eleven seconds compared to the other favorites and that’s a lesser evil. The Tour is still long anyway. Tomorrow arrives the day of rest, I will go riding for an hour, an hour and a half, before the next stages of the plain, while continuing to look ahead  ''WARREN BARGUIL “Being in the break today wasn't necessarily the initial goal, but when the blow came out, I went for it. It was indeed my role to be present in front of that moment. I had good feelings. After the peloton, unfortunately, did not leave us much free field. I took a break before the last pass, and that's a shame because I would have liked to help Nairo more. He concedes eleven seconds on this 9th stage, but that's nothing because the Tour is still long and stages even more difficult than these are looming in the days to come. Nairo is doing well, we have seen him. Each year, in addition, he finishes strong in the third week of the Tour. The last pass today was more punchy. I think he suited Nairo a little less well. Yesterday, Nairo indeed showed on a harder collar that he was in great condition "SÉBASTIEN HINAULT, SPORTING DIRECTOR OF THE ARKÉA-SAMSIC TEAM “Nairo occupies 5th place in the general classification this evening, a few seconds behind Roglic. He lost a bit of time compared to other favorites at the top of Marie-Blanque, but subsequently we saw him among the most...



The leader of the Cofidis team hung on this Sunday during the final stage of the Pyrenees to keep his 3rd place overall. Guillaume Martin showed great courage and remarkable composure by conceding only 11 seconds on the winner of the day (Pogačar) and the new yellow jersey (Roglič). You had to have your heart set on Sunday following this 9th stage, the 2nd and last in the Pyrenees. In question ? The lack of visibility, the mercury - to less than 15 ° C - and especially the hellish pace of the race. Guillaume Martin, always in tune After the multiple attempts at breakaways and the solitary flight of Marc Hirschi, the Jumbo-Visma imposed their pace in the ascent of the Col de Marie-Blanque, undoubtedly one of the most difficult climbs of this start of Tour de France. Guillaume Martin, who had so far benefited from very good work from his teammates, held on as the field of leaders shrank. And then, 20 km from the finish line, the attacks started. Pogačar, Bernal, Pogačar again. Guillaume, he held on. A 3rd place in the dearly defended general If he was finally left behind by a handful of seconds, squad leader Cofidis showed quite a bit of composure as he participated in the counterattack. While Pogačar, Bernal, Roglič and Hirschi fought for the final victory, we saw in the distance the group of riders led by Guillaume. The Normand therefore resisted until the end and from an accounting standpoint, it is a success. He conceded only 11 seconds to the winner of the stage, Pogačar. In the general classification, the Frenchman remains 3rd, 28 seconds behind the new yellow jersey, Primož Roglič. Martin is the only rider to have seen his position in the “top 10...



17th in Loudenvielle, Nairo Quintana is still 6th in the general classification of the Tour de France, a handful of seconds behind the yellow jersey. Nairo Quintana : “The legs are good, and the signals are positive. I tried to leave several times at the end of the stage, but the other leaders always came back to the groups I belonged to. I finish, in Loudenvielle, in the company of the riders who are fighting for the general classification. My rivals are very strong. My goal is to continue to be ahead in their company. I also have a thought for Diego Rosa, who fell on this stage, and who unfortunately has to leave the Tour this evening. " Winner Anancona :  “Nairo is having a very good first week on this Tour de France. He is very good. We also know that the 3rd week will be very tough, so we have to be careful. Here, for this first stage in the Pyrenees, there were lots of people in the passes, and people are true connoisseurs of cycling. Their encouragement has done us good. I also think of Diego who had to abandon the Tour today due to a crash " Dayer Quintana :   “It was the first stage of the Tour in the Pyrenees and it was a big day. The whole team did a lot of work again in favor of Nairo who ended up with the very best. We will however continue to take this Tour day to day. There are still two weeks of racing left and, above all, the third in the Alps will be very difficult. I also wish a speedy recovery to Diego Rosa who left the Tour in a crash today. "  Sébastien Hinault, Sports Director of the Arkéa-Samsic Team :   “This first stage in the Pyrenees was mixed for the Arkéa-Samsic team. There was obviously a great performance from t...



He hung on, attacked and gave it his all. Guillaume Martin defended with panache his 3rd place in the general classification in the Pyrenees, while constantly remaining in contact with the big favorites for the final victory. Take a look back at a day when the Normand once again showed the full extent of his talent.  There had been the arrival at Orcières-Moriette and this attack in the last kilometer. For Guillaume Martin, there will now be the 1st stage of the Pyrenees, where he dearly defended his 3rd place overall. Leader Cofidis, supported by Pierre-Luc Périchon and Nicolas Edet until he climbed the Port of Balès, then kept up with the hellish pace imposed by the Jumbo-Visma, then resisted multiple attacks.  Collective work and a breathtaking finale   In the last hectometers of the Col de Peyresourde, less than 7 km from the finish, the Norman went on the attack. With panache and self-sacrifice, he forced the favorites to respond. Then, in the last kilometer, another attack, new proof of courage. Until the end, Guillaume Martin dearly defended his coveted 3rd place overall.  He is 9 seconds behind the yellow jersey, Adam Yates, and is one of only 4 riders in the ‘top 10’ to have retained his place in the overall standings on this eventful day. Guillaume Martin knows, however, that nothing can be taken for granted. The battle begins again tomorrow. Between Pau and Laruns, the road will continue to climb, the passes will follow one another (five on the program) but the determination will always be as strong and intact. GUILLAUME MARTIN'S HOT REACTION  "The second part of the race was very intense from the Port of Balès. Pierre-Luc (Périchon) and N...



NANS PETERS:"This is crazy" "It's the best victory of my professional career. At the same time, I only have two! I went to look for it with the manner, in a mountain stage, in front of beautiful people. It's crazy. When we were 12 seconds ahead, I knew we were going to play for the win. I said to myself: “Focus on the stage victory!” When I let go of Zakarin in the descent of the Port of Bales, I thought not to crack. I enjoyed in the last 500 meters because I had not done it last year in my stage victory in the Giro. What a day for our team. stage, polka dot jersey and Romain is very strong. ROMAIN BARDET: "A great day for the team" 4th in the  general classificationl at 11 ’’ “It's a great day for the team. First breakaway on the Tour and first victory, Nans was able to score. He is opportunistic and has no complexes. My record is a bit mixed because I took a big hit on the knee from a bad fall and it is painful. " BENOIT COSNEFROY: " Proud & happy for Nans" "Tonight, the fact that I kept my jersey is ridiculous compared to what Nans achieved. He had a great performance. I am happy and proud of him. We were co-tenants in Chambéry when we were at the Chambéry Cyclisme Formation, we know each other very well and I find what he does totally incredible: first Tour, first victory. Hats off ". Benoit Cosnefroy scored 10 points for the classification of the best climber. He now has 35 points and is four points ahead of Nans Peters who also won the Fighting Prize.



7th stage in the wind and the curbs, Nairo Quintana and Warren finished among the group of riders who won the stage in Lavaur. Emmanuel Hubert, General Manager of the Arkéa-Samsic team:   "The Arkéa-Samsic team had a very good behavior on this 7th stage of the Tour de France 2020 made nervous by the wind & resulting edging. This good attitude of riders is has to be noticed since the start of the competition in Nice. Tonight, we are on the eve of the first stage in the Pyrenees. Nairo ranks  6th place in the provisional general classification of this Tour de France 2020. The mountain will allow climbers to explain. I would like to salute the behavior of our two leaders, Nairo and Warren. They finished ahead on this stage while many riders found themselves trapped ". Nairo Quintana "It was a difficult day with this wind which cut the peloton into several parts following the force attacks orchestrated by certain formations specializing in these climatic conditions. The Arkéa-Samsic Team showed itself strong during this stage offering edge situations. Warren, Connor and Kévin protected me perfectly. They always placed me in an ideal position so that I could keep a place among the very first in the peloton. I thus join the finish line with the group for a  victory on this 7th stage ending in Lavaur. My teammates were really up to the situation. And once again I would like to thank them for their hard work in my favor ". Warren Barguil “After a week of racing, this 7th stage was far from easy.  The Bora-Hansgrohe team had established a tactical plan to try to eliminate as many sprinters as possible so that Sagan could collect as many points a...

TDF 2020 / Stage : 7 Christophe Laporte ends 4th /Guillame Martin is 3rd in the general classification

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This Friday, at the end of a particularly hectic stage, Christophe Laporte took 4th place in the sprint and Guillaume Martin climbs back to 3rd placein general  classification. Now, it's time for two days that promise to be breathless & explosive in the Pyrenees. It was to be a transitional stage before the Pyrenees. However, the day was particularly delicate with the edging initiated by the Bora-Hansgrohe then the Ineos-Grenadier. At Cofidis, Guillaume Martin, well supported by his teammates, managed to stay constantly in the 1st group. He also passed a few important stints at the end of the stage before positioning himself well in the final. The Normand was rewarded for his efforts : he gained a place in the general classification and is now in 3rd place. For his part, Christophe Laporte, one of the few sprinters to have managed to stay in the leading group, will seek a nice 4th place in the final packaging. This is his 2nd best performance after his 2nd place in Pau in the Tour de France 2018. Change of scenery this weekend with two stages in the Pyrenees which promise a beautiful spectacle. On the program : 8 passes to climb, including four of the first category and one out of category. Thus, you will have to climb the Col de Menté, the port of Balès and the Col de Peyresoude on Saturday, then the Col de la Hourcère, the Col d'Ichère and the Col de Marie Blanque on Sunday.   Christophe LAPORTE (4th on the stage): “We have been working hard all day. There was a quick break and then Bora-Hansgrohe accelerated. We were in front with Guillaume (Martin) and Pierre-Luc (Périchon) then it broke again when crossing Castres.  I felt good and I'm a little dis...

TDF 2020 / Étape 6 : Jésus Herrada finishes 2nd on the stage

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At the end of stage 6 of the Tour de France, leading to Mont Aigoual, Jesus Herrada of the Cofidis team is the only rider to have kept pace with the winner of the day, Alexey Lutsenko (Astana team): he finished second in the stage 55 seconds behind the Kazakh. When the winner of the day, Alexey Lutsenko, left alone in front, Jesus is the only one to respond. This great effort shows all the qualities of Jesus, he who won in a stage in the Vuelta last year. At 30, the climber signed his best result on the Grande Boucle when he participated for the 6th time in his career. Guillaume Martin, who was able to count on the support of his teammates as he does every day, finished the stage in the peloton of the favorites (27th). He thus retains his fourth place in the general classification, 9 seconds behind the yellow jersey, Adam Yates. Jesus HERRADA (2nd on the stage): “I'm happy with my performance but inevitably a little disappointed not to have been able to fight for the final victory. There were some very good riders in the breakaway. It was hard to keep up with the pace but I'm happy that I managed to stay in a good position & finish in 2nd position. There, I am very tired! I will focus on recovering well to be in good shape in the Pyrenees. " Guillaume MARTIN (4th on general classification): “We continue our excellent start to the Tour de France. We wished we had a rider in the break and Jesus assured. He was not far from victory and his 2nd place was a very good performance. Behind, we remained well grouped and well placed in the decisive moments. In the end, I just followed the group of favorites. It was another good day for the team and for me!"

TDF 2020 - Stage 6 : Warren Barguil helps Nairo Quintana

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Nairo Quintana is ranked 13th at the top of Mont Aigoual (stage 6 of the Tour de France & second finish at the top). This evening he is eighth in the general classification two days before the Pyrenees. Warren Barguil: “The stage went well for us, the whole team once again worked in unison for Nairo. Winner and I accompanied Nairo during the last kilometers of this sixth stage of the Tour de France, in the final, one kilometer from the line, I accelerated in order to tighten the peloton so that no one could climb up Nairo. As he was in a good position, if there had been a little break, as can happen on this type of punchy finish, he could have recovered, who knows, a few short seconds. It was my mission. I filled it. I think everyone is happy tonight. We have two great stages left in the Pyrenees before entering the rest day. I think they will be disputed. " Nairo Quintana: “This 6th stage was very difficult with this series of passes in the final, the breakaway that started early meant that we drove very fast all day. The pace set in the passes was also very fast too. I was perfectly supported by Warren whom I thank once again, we both fought well in the final. He has been a great support to me. I would also like to express my gratitude once again to the whole team. But also to underline the magnificent help that Winner gave me today, in particular by protecting me perfectly on the descents and by avoiding any breaks ".

TDF 2020 / Stage 5 : Guillaume Martin is 4th on the general Classification

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Two days after arriving in Orcières-Merlette, a longer & more vigorous final climb awaits the riders tomorrow at Mont Aigoual. Enough to further refine the positions in the general classification and allow Guillaume Martin to shine again. You have to know how to preserve yourself when the effort is long and lasts 21 days. This is the challenge offered by the Tour de France & the peloton is well aware of it. This Wednesday between Gap and Privas, it was therefore decided to ease off slightly while high mountain was on the program yesterday and will continue to be tomorrow. Guillaume Martin was able to preserve himself At Cofidis, we also wanted to recover well when the whole team was hard at work the day before in order to help Guillaume Martin to climb to 3rd place on the stage. Even today, all took turns supporting their leader. In the last kilometers, Guillaume was keen to get back to the top positions in order to protect himself and cross the line safely. Following the penalty suffered by Julian Alaphilippe, the Normand is now 4th in the general classification and 1st French. The stage ended with a sprint as announced. In the last kilometers, Elia Viviani, weakened by a burcitis in the right foot since the start of the Tour, preferred to get up. The Italian sprinter of the Cofidis squad continues to hang in there and hopes to quickly regain his abilities. Christophe Laporte therefore represented the Cofidis team in the sprint and finished in an honorable 12th place. Mont Aigoual, full bodied finish So tomorrow the road will rise again with the 2nd summit finish in three days. This time around, the peloton will have to climb Mont Aigoual, which has only ...


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