ineos, ef-nippo, israel start-up nation among 11 worldtour teams to ride étoile de bessèges

ineos, ef-nippo, israel start-up nation among 11 worldtour teams to ride étoile de bessèges



The COVID-19 pandemic and the cancellation of a number of races around the world has pushed more WorldTour teams to seek a traditional early-season race programme in Europe, with 11 major teams set to ride the Étoile de Bessèges in the south of France from February 3-7. 

The five-day stage race in Provence and the preceding Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise race once marked the start of the European road racing season. The Tour Down Under, Vuelta a San Juan and races in the Middle East saw teams gradually abandon the south of France, but this year Ineos Grenadiers, AG2R Citroën, Cofidis, Groupama-FDJ, Bora-Hansgrohe, EF Education-Nippo, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert, Israel Start-Up Nation, Lotto Soudal, Qhubeka Assos and Trek-Segafredo will all ride the Étoile de Bessèges, with some of their best riders expected on the start line.



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