Wednesday 7 September 2011 at 23h32

The next one day race in France will be the Grand Prix de Fourmies / La Voix du Nord which will take place this Sunday, the 11th of September 2011.

This Grand Prix de Fourmies, GPF for experts, will celebrate its 79th edition with riders like Thomas Voeckler, who wore the yellow jersey in the Tour de France 2011 during 10 days and the winner of the last two editions, Romain Feillu. In this article you'll find the race course on Google Maps, which you can also download in Google Earth, the time and route schedule and the list of participating riders for this Grand Prix de Fourmies 2011!

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Like the Tour de France

In La Voix du Nord, Jean-Marie Leblanc, former director of the Tour de France, today answered the question about the similarity between the Grand Prix de Fourmies and the Tour: this race is popular. Fourmies, is the celebration of cycling, of sports in general, a celebration for the Avesnois area. It's true that in the GPF you can find empathy, admiration, friendliness and even tenderness of the people towards the riders. Those sentiments are similar to those one can find at a stage start or at a stage finish of the Tour de France.

He probably forgot to mention the list of participating riders in his answer because this race, despite the competition with the Tour of Spain and the UCI WorldTour races in Canada (to only mention those races), has a list of participants which would not look bad for the Tour for example ... Indeed, there are no less than 20 riders who participated in the Tour de France 2011 who will participate this Sunday in the Grand Prix de Fourmies. Among them for example André Greipel for Omega Pharma-Lotto, Yaroslav Popovych for Team Radioshack, Maxime Bouet for AG2R La Mondiale, the most combative rider of the Tour Jérémy Roy for FDJ, Marcus Burghardt for BMC Racing Team, Thomas Voeckler for Team Europcar, Vladimir Gusev for Katusha Team, Romain Feillu, Borut Bozic and Rob Ruijgh for Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team and Arnaud Coyot and Jérémie Galland for Saur-Sojasun to mention only some of them ...

The list of participating riders up-to-date on 8 September 2011

Among the participants we of course find many sprinters like Robbie McEwen (Team Radioshack) or Jimmy Casper for Saur-Sojasun or even Yauheni Hutarovich for FDJ and his rival Anthony Ravard (AG2R La Mondiale) and many others ...

Below you can find the list of participating riders up-to-date on the 8th of September 2011. Click on it to open it and if necessary click on the arrows in the lower right corner to show the original version.
List of participating riders in the Grand Prix de Fourmies

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The race course of the Grand Prix de Fourmies on Google Maps and the time- and route schedule

After the start from Fourmies, the riders will go southwards to Hirson for a short loop which will bring them back to Fourmies. They'll battle in the first sprint in Hirson and will take the first points for the Prix des Monts between Mondrepuis and Fourmies where they'll battle for the second sprint. Back in the city where it all started, they will go northwards to Ferrière-la-Petite and Jeumont (where the third sprint will be), visiting in the mean time Feron, Sains-du-Nord, Ramousies (second Prix des Monts), L'Epine and Solre-le-Château.
On their way back they will follow the same road up to Solre-le-Château where they'll turn towards Sars-Poteries, Felleries, Semeries and again to Ramousies where they'll once more go north to Felleries and L'Epine before getting back to Fourmies via Clairfayts, Eppe-Sauvage and Trelon (fourth sprint).
They'll end the race with 5 laps on a small 11 kilometer long circuit after which they'll probably battle for final victory in a sprint!
The time- and route schedule of the Grand Prix de Fourmies 2011 The race course of the Grand Prix de Fourmies 2011 on Google Maps

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The Grand Prix de Fourmies race course in Google Earth

Do you prefer to view the race course of the Grand Prix de Fourmies 2011 in Google Earth? Would you like to do a virtual fly-over of the race course as if you were racing on it yourself? You can do so by downloading the KML file below:
>> Download the Grand Prix de Fourmies 2011 race course in Google Earth

velowire.com will be present on this edition of the Grand Prix de Fourmies and you'll thus be able to discover some photos and other informations about this race just after the finish!

door Thomas Vergouwen
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