Thomas Voeckler of Europcar vs. the horse, driven by Eric Raffin

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- On the evening of August 17, 2011, pro cyclist Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) competed in a sprint race vs. a horse ("Othello Bourbon"), driven by Eric Raffin, at Hippodrome de la Malbrande at Les Sables d'Olonne, France.  After two initial runs, with each competitor winning one, the decisive race was held, in front of 8,000 spectators.  Big thanks to the Office de Tourisme of les Sables d'Olonne (Vendée) for bringing this video to my attention via Twitter.  (Great area there along the French Atlantic coast - I did a lot of photography there a few years ago, including my first-ever criterium road race at St. Hilaire de Riez. -Pete)  You can see a great photo-finish shot here.


Départ de la 3ème course by Hippodrome85