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Scott Lyttle Reports From France
7 Aug, 2005
Hi all, Got selected to do a criterium last night. Got told it was a `pro´ crit so was going to be hard. Criterium Professinal de Mancoles. I though it may be Jean Floch, Agrituble sort of teams. Arrived in this tiny little village for the race and passed a car. I looked across and who did I see in it.... George Hincapie...wo shi....t. Kept driving along and theres Christophe Moreau. Hey was that Oscar Sevilla? Pull up in the car park next to Sandy Casar and Nicholas Jalabert. So there I was, sitting quietly, thinking to myself, oh ohh. Damn cool. And numerous other things were passing through my mind. This is like some little french kid going to NZ and stubling into playing a game with the All Blacks. More surprises were yet to come though. They managed to pull a superstar, Vinokourov, winner of two stages. David Moncoutie, winner of the bastile day stage. T-Mobile, Credit Ag, FDJeux, Cofidis, AG2R, Bouygues, Phonak and Discovery team members. Out of a total field of 40 riders half of them were boys that had just done 3 weeks around France. As for the race itself, it was pretty cool. A show for the crowds, a showcase on wheels. The big boys would go up the road for a couple of laps of glory then come back and let a couple more stars go so that the crowd could see them. I jumped in with Moreau and some TMobile dude. The crowd of 4-5000 loved it. It was all fun and games till 4 laps to go and then the big kids lit it up for the finish and to put on a grand finale. I think Sevilla won, Hincapie 2nd and Moncoutie 3rd. I came in 12th and second amateur. Great fun. Afterwards the village put on a big show and massive meal for all. Things really went off for a small town. We left at about 11pm but Im sure things wouldnt have died down there until the small hours. Its been a while since I last wrote so give me a couple of days and Ill get a word or two together on what I have been up to during sunny July. Till then, take care scott _____________________________
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