follow the race between Puget-Théniers and Valberg

follow the race between Puget-Théniers and Valberg
follow the race between Puget-Théniers and Valberg

The 4th edition of this race is being held this Wednesday, May 29, in the Alpes-Maritimes and offers a particularly hilly course with several passes on the program.

A warm-up lap before the start of the Great Loop. The Mercan’tour Classic Alpes-Maritimes 2024 begins on Wednesday May 29, barely a month before the start of the Tour de France. A 4th edition which can allow certain teams to get used to it before launching into the Tour, because the route between Puget-Théniers and Valberg promises to be particularly tough for the teams involved. A race to follow live and on video on France 3 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur from 2:20 p.m.

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The 4th edition of this race is being held this Wednesday, May 29, in the Alpes-Maritimes and offers a particularly hilly course with several passes on the program. The arrival will be in Valberg.

© Fabien Madigou FTV

This Mercan’tour Classic Alpes-Maritimes offers runners a 169.2 km route between Puget-Théniers and Valberg intended for climbers. With its two 1st category passes (Baisse de Cabanette Peira Cava and la Colmiane) and one non-category pass (Col de la Couillole), the race promises to be thrilling with a positive altitude difference of 4,200 m: composed of a start at 406 m altitude and an arrival at 1,672 m.

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The route of the 4th edition of the Mercan’Tour 2024.

© Mercan’Tour

Last year, it was the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz who won the race, in the rain, for what was his first participation. He completed this 3rd edition in 4h47 and 59 seconds ahead of Felix Gall and Lennert Van Eetvelt third.

Three French people finished in the top 10: Lenny Martinez (GFC), Clément Berthet (ACT) and Guillaume Martin (COF).

This race will be commented on by France 3 Côte d’Azur journalist Thibaut Rysman and Nicholas Roche, former professional runner.

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France 3 Côte d’Azur journalist Thibaut Rysman (left) and Nicholas Roche comment on the race live.

© Alice Rysman/ France Télévisions

Viewers can ask their questions live to this duo, via an online form, or by scanning a QR code during the France 3 live broadcast.

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