2013 Etoile de Bess├Ęges Stage 1 Photos

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An Post-Chainreaction team riders prepare for the start of the first stage race of the road season in Europe: the Etoile de Besseges.
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Argos Shimano team car and bus
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Unitedhealthcare riders prepare for the start of stage 1 in front of the team bus.
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Unitedhealthcare team car and bus
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Rony Martias (Sojasun) shakes hands with Daniel Mangeas, the voice of French cycling, after signing in before the stage start.
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Rony Martias (Sojasun)
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Jonathan Hivert and Jimmy Engoulvent (Sojasun)
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Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM)
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Stefano Sirotti photographs the Accent Jobs-Wanty team, presented to the public before the start of Stage 1
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) arrives to sign in before the race start.
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Sebastien Chavanel and Franck Bouyer, left, of Europcar
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Europcar riders climb the stage for sign-in and to be presented to the public in Bellegarde.
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The peloton rides along the rue d'Arles in Bellegarde.  They are in the neutral zone before the official race start.
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Jerome Cousin and Bryan Coquard try to catch the peloton early in the race.  Coquard would finish 6th in the sprint finish in Beaucaire.
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The remains of the 12th century tower (or "tour" in French) after which the Cote de la Tour climb is named.
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The breakaway of the day on the Cote de la Tour: Jason Bakke (La Pomme Marseille), Arthur Vanoverberghe (Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Niels Wytinck (An Post-Chainreaction), Koen Barbe (Crelan-Euphony) and Pierre Rolland (Europcar).
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The breakaway
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L'Equipe moto carrying a photographer to the top of the Cote de la Tour
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The peloton chases the breakaway on the climb
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Michael Van Staeyen (Topsport Valaanderen-Baloise) wins Stage 1 in Beaucaire.
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Michael Van Staeyen waves from the victory podium
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