Despite all the health measures due to Covid-19, the cycling Grand Prix de Fourmies (GPF), canceled last year, returns this Sunday, September 12. And even if the sporting competition is intense at the international level, the field does not remain less up to it.
They will undoubtedly be ten sprinters to claim the victory of renewal – the 2020 edition having been canceled due to coronavirus – of the 88th edition of the Grand Prix de Fourmies (GPF) of cycling – “La Voix du Nord”, this Sunday September 12. Ackermann, Hodeg, Gaviria, Modolo, Van Avermaet, Viviani, Degenkolb, Bonifacio, Coquard, Vanmarcke …
What beautiful linen! And yet, the Avesnois Classic could have recorded other entries if the competition (especially the European Championships) had not come to jam an already busy day. Nacer Bouhanni must have been there; he broke his collarbone a few weeks ago. André Greipel like Julian Alaphilippe and Wout Van Aert have chosen the Tour of Great Britain as the latter two dominate given the weakness of the peloton. As for Mathieu Van Der Poël, he will be at a “fair” in Belgium.
Nonetheless, and this is the strength of the GPF, it is that you never get bored as the race is lively. And fast despite the steep slopes around ValJoly and Fourmies. The peloton still swallows some 200 kilometers of the course in an average that can cross 46 km / h! So the race script is often written in advance. A breakaway forms. The sprinter teams control the lead and come back in force in the last final circuits to place their leaders. Afterwards, it “rubs” from the start of the finish line: it’s gone for 800 meters … Start at 12:15.
And the women?
For the ladies, the kick-off will be at 11:15 am in front of the town hall. Should we come and watch the race? Of course yes, as the spectacle is, as with the men, at the rendezvous on a demanding track. The girls will set off on a 118 kilometer course. Even if, here again, the GPF is once again subjected to competition like a sticking plaster that sticks to its thumb. There are not many women’s events, however, but the Choralis Classic takes place on the same day as the International Women’s Tour of Ardèche. Nevertheless, among the favorites, Coryn Riveira from DSM (WorldTour team) will be followed. The former United States champion finished seventh in the road race at the last Olympic Games in Tokyo.
In Avesnois, we will particularly encourage Victoire Berteau (Doltcini squad). She is also coming back from Japan having broken her French record on the track. Part of his family lives in Féron. That’s why, if she could put her name on the charts, it would make a lot of people happy.