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Here are a few tips to make future bunch rides better and safer experiences for everyone involved.
Reaching your best requires a focused and challenging training plan; however, your fitness will be wasted if you are not fresh and energetic when you arrive at the start line. Your body needs a period of rest, or taper, to achieve its potential.
In the depths of winter, cycling season seems a long way off. Sunny, springtime rides and the first big events of the year tend not to loom large in your mind when your car won’t start, there is a foot of snow on the driveway, and you are off to spend the day on the ski slopes. Nevertheless, in a little more than a month, the weather will turn, the races will begin and a flood of anxious cyclists will inundate local bike shops, overload club and event administrators, and set out on too-ambitious training rides in a bid to be ready the day after the first warm day of the year.
Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels dominated Sunday’s final time-trial at the Étoile de Bessèges, beating his nearest rival Tony Gallopin by 19 seconds to win the stage and earn himself the overall champion’s jersey. Jungels’ Trek Factory Racing teammate Fabio Felline finished 20 seconds back to round out the podium. Canada’s Hugo Houle had a strong ride, finishing 11th on the day for his Ag2r-La Mondiale team.
Lotto-Soudal’s Tony Gallopin won the finishing sprint up the Mur de Laudun to claim victory on Saturday’s fourth stage of the Étoile de Bessèges. Cofidis’ Christophe Laporte followed him across the line to take second. Edward Theuns of Topsport Vlaanderen- Baloise was third. Canada’s Hugo Houle had a good showing, finishing 14th for his AG2R La Mondiale squad.
Europcar’s Bryan Coquard sprinted to victory in Friday’s third stage of the Étoile de Bessèges, the five-day UCI 2.1 stage race held in Southern France. The Frenchman bettered second-placed Giacomo Nizzolo of Trek Factory Racing and Edward Theuns of Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise, who was third, after a difficult day of racing that saw the peloton climb the Cat. 1 Col des Trélys three times before descending into Bessèges for three 6.8-km circuits to end the 152-km stage.