The riders will set off on Tuesday August 24, 2021, at 12:10 p.m., for the start of the Tour Poitou-Charentes. For this 35th edition, five stages are planned over 4 days. From Pons to Poitiers, via Parthenay, Moncontour, Monts-sur-Guesnes, Loudun, Ruffec and Villefagnan, the Tour Poitou-Charentes will alternate between short and long stages. The eagerly awaited 23 km time trial on Thursday 26 August should decide between the contenders for the final victory.
For this edition, all eyes will be on Thibaut Pinot. The French cyclist of Groupama-FDJ has distinguished himself many times in the eyes of the general public. The hugely popular announcement of his return to competition after four months of absence due to injury has sparked enthusiasm among his fans and is sure to attract attention.
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If the Franc-Comtois tries first to regain his feelings, he does not come to make up the Tour Poitou-Charentes. His positive feedback on the Limousin tour proves it even if he “lacks a bit of form to influence the race”. The Tour Poitou-Charentes will be an opportunity for him to test himself against the clock and accumulate the kilometers to get back in the saddle fully.
But the Groupama-FDJ team can count on other forces to apply for the final victory. The French Time Trial runner-up, Bruno Amirail in the lead. But this is not the only one: Clément Davy and Alexis Brunel can also try to keep the title obtained by Arnaud Démare last year.
They are not the only ones who can apply. The AG2R-Citroën team also has good weapons. Alexis Gougeard and Tony Gallopin, second in the Tour in 2019, will join the race. Among the French teams, TotalEnergies can count on Pierre Latour, the double French time trial champion and the Dutch Niki Terpstra.
Matthias Brandle will certainly have to be watched as well. The Austrian Start-Up Nation from Israel has been crowned eight times in the time trial in his country and is rightfully a favorite. American rider Joey Roskopff of the Rally Cycling team, 3rd last year on the roads of Poitou-Charentes and Briton Connor Swift of Arkéa-Samsic are the biggest contenders for the final title among foreign riders. And that’s not all. The Breton team also has a good French hopeful in its ranks: Thibault Guernalec. Best youngster and 4th last year in Poitou-Charentes, he might want to aim even higher this year.
This year, Yoann Paillot, born in Angoulême, will be the regional of the stage. Third on his land in the 2018 edition, he will try to mingle with the leaders. He will be able to count on his teammate from the St Michel – Auber 93 team, Stéphane Rosetto.
The stages of the Tour Poitou-Charentes being relatively flat, there is little risk of creating a gap between the peloton and the breakaways. This often offers the opportunity to see stage victory being played out in a sprint. If not all of them apply for the overall standings, sprinters will have the opportunity to fight in the final meters and play in the points standings.
On the French side, Hugo Hofstetter, Thomas Boudat and Marc Sarreau can snatch a stage victory. Norwegian sprint specialist Evald Boasson Hagen will certainly play the leading roles. But the Italians are not left out. Along with Matteo Malucelli, Elia Viviani and Simone Ravanelli can also claim to cross the finish line first.
From August 24 to 27, 2021, find the stages of the Tour Poitou-Charentes live every day on NoA, the 100% Nouvelle-Aquitaine TV channel.