The early season action continues at the first French stage race of the season, the Etoile de Bessèges, which runs from February 1-5.
The five-stage race will take the peloton around the Gard department in southern France, with two sprint stages, two hilltop finishes, and a time trial filling out the route.
Cyclingnews will bring you full live coverage, reports, results, news, interviews and analysis of the 2023 Etoile de Bessèges. Read on to find out how to watch the Bessèges via live stream, no matter your location, with ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).
The start list isn’t packed with massive star names, but there are plenty of major names and interesting riders lining up for the race.
Groupama-FDJ leader Thibaut Pinot is perhaps the biggest star at the race, the Frenchman kicking off his final season in the peloton. He’ll be joined by versatile fastman Jake Stewart on the French squad.
AG2R Citröen bring a strong squad with Benoît Cosnefroy heading up the team along with Classics men Oliver Naesen and Greg Van Avermaet. Israel-Premier Tech’s team also has a Classics feel, with Sep Vanmarcke, Dylan Teuns and Hugo Houle lining up.
At EF Education-EasyPost, Neilson Powless lines up alongside Magnus Cort and Mark Padun, while Ineos Grenadiers bring Michał Kwiatkowski, Pavel Sivakov and Ben Turner. Former world champion Mads Pedersen leads Trek-Segafredo, while promising sprinter Arnaud De Lie heads up Lotto-Dstny.
Others to watch include Pierre Latour (TotalEnergies), Dries De Bondt (Alpecin-Deceuninck), Dan McLay, Luca Mozzato (Arkéa-Samsic), and Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis).
Check below for all the details of how to watch the 2023 Etoile de Bessèges.
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Unfortunately, the 2023 Etoile de Bessèges will not be aired on television or streaming in the UK, USA or Canada, with Eurosport, GCN+ and Flobikes not offering coverage of the action this year.
However, the race will be aired live in France via L’Equipe TV (opens in new tab), with live coverage available each afternoon this week. Radio coverage is also available via France Bleu (opens in new tab). Check below for the race schedule.
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