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Lotto Soudal, Europcar, FDJ and Ag2r are the four WorldTour teams in the French stage race

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ETOILE DE BESSÈGES

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07.12.2014 @ 07:00 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

The first stage race on the European calendar, Etoile de Besseges, which is scheduled for February 4-8, has announced the participation of 17 teams.

 

AG2R La Mondiale, FDJ, Team Europcar - which are still awaiting confirmation that they will be part of the elite division - and Lotto-Soudal are the WorldTour team while Bretagne-Séché Environnement, Cofidis, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, CCC Sprandi Polkowice, Colombia, Team Roompot Vakanties, Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Pro Continental) and Auber 93, Roubaix-Lille Métropole, Team Marseille 13-KTM, An Post-Chain Reaction and Wallonie-Bruxelles (Continental) complete the field.

 

The Armée de Terre team will receive an invitation from the organizers if they are granted a continental license for the 2015 season.

 

Route: 
Stage 1: Bellegarde - Beaucaire (152km) 
Stage 2: Nîmes - Les Fumades (155km) 
Stage 3: Bessèges - Bessèges (152km) 
Stage 4: L'Ardoise - Laudun (150km) 

Stage 5: Alès - Alès (12km) ITT

 

The 2014 edition was won by Tobias Ludvigsson ahead of Jerome Coppel and his teamate John Degenkolb but as Giant-Alpecin are not on the list of teams, he won't defend his title. Jonathan Hivert won in 2013, Coppel in 2012, Anthony Ravard in 2011, Samuel Dumoulin in 2010 and Thomas Voeckler in 2009.

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