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2024 Étoile de Bessèges

2024 Étoile de Bessèges
2024 UCI Europe Tour
Race details
Dates31 January–4 February 2024
Stages5
Distance654.415 km (406.6 mi)
Winning time11h 24' 34"
Results
Winner  Mads Pedersen (DEN) (Lidl–Trek)
  Second  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA) (Arkéa–B&B Hotels)
  Third  Alberto Bettiol (ITA) (EF Education–EasyPost)

Points  Mads Pedersen (DEN) (Lidl–Trek)
Mountains  Jonas Abrahamsen (NOR) (Uno-X Mobility)
Youth  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA) (Arkéa–B&B Hotels)
  Team France Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale
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The 2024 Étoile de Bessèges – Tour du Gard (transl. Star of Bessèges – Tour of Gard) was a road cycling stage race that took place between 31 January and 4 February 2024 almost entirely within the French department of Gard. The race was rated as a category 2.1 event on the 2024 UCI Europe Tour calendar and was the 54th edition of the Étoile de Bessèges.

Teams

Seven of the 18 UCI WorldTeams, eight UCI ProTeams, and four UCI Continental teams make up the 19 teams that participated in the race.[1] Each team entered a full squad of seven riders with the exception of Cofidis entering six, for a total of 132 riders who started the race.

UCI WorldTeams

UCI ProTeams

UCI Continental Teams

Route

Stage characteristics and winners
Stage Date Course Distance Type Stage winner
1 31 January Bellegarde to Bellegarde 160.6 km (99.8 mi) Flat stage Cancelled
2 1 February Marguerittes to Rousson 163.58 km (101.64 mi) Hilly stage  Axel Laurance (FRA)
3 2 February Bessèges to Bessèges 161.11 km (100.11 mi) Hilly stage  Mads Pedersen (DEN)
4 3 February Méjannes-le-Clap to Méjannes-le-Clap 154.48 km (95.99 mi) Hilly stage  Samuel Leroux (FRA)
5 4 February Alès to Alès 10.645 km (6.614 mi) Individual time trial  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA)
Total 654.415 km (406.635 mi)

Stages

Stage 1

31 January 2024 – Bellegarde to Bellegarde, 162.18 km (100.77 mi)[2]

Cancelled due to requests from the prefecture because of ongoing farmers protests.[3]

Stage 2

1 February 2024 – Marguerittes to Rousson, 163.58 km (101.64 mi)[4]
Stage 2 Result (1–10)[5]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Axel Laurance (FRA) Alpecin–Deceuninck 3h 57' 10"
2  Mads Pedersen (DEN) Lidl–Trek + 0"
3  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA) Arkéa–B&B Hotels + 0"
4  Kevin Geniets (LUX) Groupama–FDJ + 0"
5  Rémy Rochas (FRA) Groupama–FDJ + 4"
6  Brent Van Moer (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 4"
7  Benoît Cosnefroy (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 7"
8  Alex Baudin (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 7"
9  Aurélien Paret-Peintre (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 7"
10  Jenno Berckmoes (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 11"
General classification after Stage 2 (1–10)[5]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Axel Laurance (FRA) Alpecin–Deceuninck 3h 57' 00"
2  Mads Pedersen (DEN) Lidl–Trek + 4"
3  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA) Arkéa–B&B Hotels + 6"
4  Kevin Geniets (LUX) Groupama–FDJ + 10"
5  Rémy Rochas (FRA) Groupama–FDJ + 14"
6  Brent Van Moer (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 14"
7  Benoît Cosnefroy (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 17"
8  Alex Baudin (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 17"
9  Aurélien Paret-Peintre (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 17"
10  Jenno Berckmoes (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 21"

Stage 3

2 February 2024 – Bessèges to Bessèges, 161.11 km (100.11 mi)[6]
Stage 3 Result (1–10)[7]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Mads Pedersen (DEN) Lidl–Trek 3h 43' 54"
2  Milan Menten (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 0"
3  Rasmus Tiller (NOR) Uno-X Mobility + 0"
4  Sandy Dujardin (FRA) Team TotalEnergies + 0"
5  Benoît Cosnefroy (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 0"
6  Samuel Leroux (FRA) Van Rysel–Roubaix + 0"
7  Axel Laurance (FRA) Alpecin–Deceuninck + 0"
8  Kenneth Van Rooy (BEL) Bingoal WB + 0"
9  Maxime Jarnet (FRA) Van Rysel–Roubaix + 0"
10  Alexandre Delettre (FRA) St. Michel–Mavic–Auber93 + 0"
General classification after Stage 3 (1–10)[7]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Mads Pedersen (DEN) Lidl–Trek 7h 40' 48"
2  Axel Laurance (FRA) Alpecin–Deceuninck + 6"
3  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA) Arkéa–B&B Hotels + 12"
4  Kevin Geniets (LUX) Groupama–FDJ + 16"
5  Brent Van Moer (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 20"
6  Rémy Rochas (FRA) Groupama–FDJ + 20"
7  Benoît Cosnefroy (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 23"
8  Aurélien Paret-Peintre (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 23"
9  Alex Baudin (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 23"
10  Jenno Berckmoes (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 27"

Stage 4

3 February 2024 – Méjannes-le-Clap to Méjannes-le-Clap, 154.48 km (95.99 mi)[8]
Stage 4 Result (1–10)[9]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Samuel Leroux (FRA) Van Rysel–Roubaix 3h 28' 32"
2  Stefan Bissegger (SUI) EF Education–EasyPost + 0"
3  Dries De Bondt (BEL) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 0"
4  Jonas Iversby Hvideberg (NOR) Uno-X Mobility + 2"
5  Magnus Cort (DEN) Uno-X Mobility + 2"
6  Alberto Bettiol (ITA) EF Education–EasyPost + 2"
7  Jenno Berckmoes (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 2"
8  Rasmus Tiller (NOR) Uno-X Mobility + 2"
9  Mads Pedersen (DEN) Lidl–Trek + 2"
10  Timo Kielich (BEL) Alpecin–Deceuninck + 2"
General classification after Stage 4 (1–10)[9]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Mads Pedersen (DEN) Lidl–Trek 11h 09' 22"
2  Axel Laurance (FRA) Alpecin–Deceuninck + 6"
3  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA) Arkéa–B&B Hotels + 12"
4  Kevin Geniets (LUX) Groupama–FDJ + 16"
5  Brent Van Moer (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 20"
6  Rémy Rochas (FRA) Groupama–FDJ + 20"
7  Benoît Cosnefroy (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 23"
8  Aurélien Paret-Peintre (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 23"
9  Alex Baudin (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 23"
10  Jenno Berckmoes (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 27"

Stage 5

4 February 2024 – Alès to Alès, 10.645 km (6.614 mi), (ITT)[10]
Stage 5 Result (1–10)[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA) Arkéa–B&B Hotels 15' 02"
2  Mads Pedersen (DEN) Lidl–Trek + 10"
3  Alberto Bettiol (ITA) EF Education–EasyPost + 14"
4  Ben Healy (IRL) EF Education–EasyPost + 22"
5  Sean Quinn (USA) EF Education–EasyPost + 24"
6  Simon Carr (GBR) EF Education–EasyPost + 27"
7  Stefan Bissegger (SUI) EF Education–EasyPost + 36"
8  Toms Skujiņš (LAT) Lidl–Trek + 37"
9  Aurélien Paret-Peintre (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 38"
10  Jenno Berckmoes (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 39"
General classification after Stage 5 (1–10)[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Mads Pedersen (DEN) Lidl–Trek 11h 24' 34"
2  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA) Arkéa–B&B Hotels + 2"
3  Alberto Bettiol (ITA) EF Education–EasyPost + 32"
4  Ben Healy (IRL) EF Education–EasyPost + 43"
5  Rémy Rochas (FRA) Groupama–FDJ + 51"
6  Aurélien Paret-Peintre (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 51"
7  Alex Baudin (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 54"
8  Jenno Berckmoes (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 56"
9  Brent Van Moer (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 58"
10  Kevin Geniets (LUX) Groupama–FDJ + 59"

Classification leadership table

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification
[a]
Points classification
Mountains classification
Young rider classification
Team classification
1 stage cancelled
2 Axel Laurance Axel Laurance Axel Laurance Jean-Louis Le Ny Axel Laurance Groupama–FDJ
3 Mads Pedersen Mads Pedersen Mads Pedersen Jonas Abrahamsen
4 Samuel Leroux Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale
5 Kévin Vauquelin Kévin Vauquelin
Final Mads Pedersen Mads Pedersen Jonas Abrahamsen Kévin Vauquelin Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale

Classification standings

Legend
Denotes the winner of the general classification Denotes the winner of the points classification
Denotes the winner of the mountains classification Denotes the winner of the young rider classification

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Mads Pedersen (DEN) Lidl–Trek 11h 24' 34"
2  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA) Arkéa–B&B Hotels + 2"
3  Alberto Bettiol (ITA) EF Education–EasyPost + 32"
4  Ben Healy (IRL) EF Education–EasyPost + 43"
5  Rémy Rochas (FRA) Groupama–FDJ + 51"
6  Aurélien Paret-Peintre (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 51"
7  Alex Baudin (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 54"
8  Jenno Berckmoes (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 56"
9  Brent Van Moer (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 58"
10  Kevin Geniets (LUX) Groupama–FDJ + 59"

Points classification[edit]

Final points classification (1–10)[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Mads Pedersen (DEN) Lidl–Trek 72
2  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA) Arkéa–B&B Hotels 42
3  Axel Laurance (FRA) Alpecin–Deceuninck 37
4  Samuel Leroux (FRA) Van Rysel–Roubaix 35
5  Alberto Bettiol (ITA) EF Education–EasyPost 30
6  Stefan Bissegger (SUI) EF Education–EasyPost 29
7  Rasmus Tiller (NOR) Uno-X Mobility 24
8  Jenno Berckmoes (BEL) Lotto–Dstny 21
9  Benoît Cosnefroy (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale 21
10  Milan Menten (BEL) Lotto–Dstny 20

Mountains classification[edit]

Final mountains classification (1–10)[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Jonas Abrahamsen (NOR) Uno-X Mobility 42
2  Jean-Louis Le Ny (FRA) Nice Métropole Côte d'Azur 16
3  Alexis Gougeard (FRA) Cofidis 14
4  Simon Carr (GBR) EF Education–EasyPost 14
5  Dries De Bondt (BEL) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale 12
6  Mads Pedersen (DEN) Lidl–Trek 12
7  Maximilian Juillard (FRA) Van Rysel–Roubaix 12
8  Théo Delacroix (FRA) St. Michel–Mavic–Auber93 12
9  Thomas Gachignard (FRA) Team TotalEnergies 10
10  Samuel Leroux (FRA) Van Rysel–Roubaix 8

Young rider classification[edit]

Final young rider classification (1–10)[11]
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Kévin Vauquelin (FRA) Arkéa–B&B Hotels 11h 24' 36"
2  Alex Baudin (FRA) Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale + 52"
3  Jenno Berckmoes (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 54"
4  Axel Laurance (FRA) Alpecin–Deceuninck + 1' 01"
5  Alec Segaert (BEL) Lotto–Dstny + 1' 29"
6  Andrii Ponomar (UKR) Team Corratec–Vini Fantini + 2' 21"
7  Giacomo Villa (ITA) Bingoal WB + 3' 54"
8  Pierre Henry Basset (FRA) CIC U Nantes Atlantique + 4' 29"
9  Marco Brenner (GER) Tudor Pro Cycling Team + 4' 38"
10  Lukas Nerurkar (GBR) EF Education–EasyPost + 5' 08"

Teams classification[edit]

Final team classification (1–10)[11]
Rank Team Time
1 France Decathlon–AG2R La Mondiale 34h 16' 26"
2 France Groupama–FDJ + 24"
3 Belgium Lotto–Dstny + 41"
4 United States EF Education–EasyPost + 53"
5 France Cofidis + 1' 55"
6 Norway Uno-X Mobility + 1' 57"
7 France Team TotalEnergies + 3' 12"
8 France St. Michel–Mavic–Auber93 + 3' 15"
9 Switzerland Tudor Pro Cycling Team + 3' 21"
10 Spain Equipo Kern Pharma + 3' 29"

Notes

  1. ^ The general classification leader's jersey is known as the coral jersey.

References

  1. ^ "Équipes 2024" [Teams 2024] (in French). Étoile de Bessèges. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
  2. ^ "Étape 1" [Stage 1] (in French). Étoile de Bessèges. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
  3. ^ Weislo, Laura. "French farmer protests force cancellation of Étoile de Bessèges opener". Cycling News. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
  4. ^ "Étape 2" [Stage 2] (in French). Étoile de Bessèges. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
  5. ^ a b Ostanek, Daniel (1 February 2024). "Etoile de Bessèges: Axel Laurance outlasts Mads Pedersen as race restarts for stage 2". CyclingNews. Future plc. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
  6. ^ "Étape 3" [Stage 3] (in French). Étoile de Bessèges. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
  7. ^ a b Moultrie, James (2 February 2024). "Etoile des Bessèges: Mads Pedersen sprints to first season win on stage 3". CyclingNews. Future plc. Retrieved 2 February 2024.
  8. ^ "Étape 4" [Stage 4] (in French). Étoile de Bessèges. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
  9. ^ a b Farrand, Stephen (3 February 2024). "Etoile de Bessèges: Samuel Leroux holds off charging field to win stage 4". CyclingNews. Future plc. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
  10. ^ "Étape 5" [Stage 5] (in French). Étoile de Bessèges. Retrieved 1 February 2024.
  11. ^ a b c d e f g Farrand, Stephen (4 February 2024). "Mads Pedersen goes deep to win Etoile de Bessèges". CyclingNews. Future plc. Retrieved 4 February 2024.
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