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Published on 02-21-2024

The Team in action on the Classic Var and the Tour des Alpes-Maritimes

Last weekend, the Team once again embarked on the roads of southern France, taking part in the brand-new Classic Var and the Tour des Alpes-Maritimes. Here is a review of the 3 days of competition, during which the team gradually built up its strength.

The first edition of the Classic Var saw our riders tackle a 184km route, which started off relatively flat before offering several difficulties in the final section. Unfortunately, our riders were dropped on the tricky descent of the Col de Garde, just a few kilometres from the finish, and were unable to catch up with the leading group of around ten riders. At the finish line, Jordan Jegat took 17th place, the Team’s best performance.

The following day, the Team faced the first of the two stages of the Tour des Alpes-Maritimes, which had a new format for this 2024 edition. The finish in Antibes was decided in a sprint, with Jordan Jegat and Mathieu Burgaudeau ending up in the same time as the day’s winner.

On the second stage, the Team was determined to play a leading role right from the start of the race. Alan Jousseaume quickly tried his luck solo, before being caught by the peloton. On the Col d’Èze, it was Mattéo Vercher’s turn to shine, picking up the points in the mountain classification. In full possession of his abilities, Mattéo then managed to catch up with the leading group to claim further points on the Carros side, making him provisionally leader of the best climber classification. In the closing stretch, it was Jordan Jegat’s opportunity to shine. Up to the final pedal strokes, the French rider was able to challenge for the win, finishing a fiercely contested sprint in 6th position. Thanks to his excellent performances on the climbs, Mattéo Vercher was on the podium at the end of the day and won the mountain classification of this 2024 edition!

VENCE, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 18: Matteo Vercher of France and Team TotalEnergies celebrates at podium as Polka dot Mountain Jersey winner during the 56th Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var 2024, Stage 2 a 131.8km stage from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Vence 327m on February 18, 2024 in Vence, France. (Photo by Billy Ceusters/Getty Images)

This weekend of competition in the south of France was an opportunity for the Team to go from strength to strength and to finish on a high note in the Tour des Alpes-Maritimes. This week, the Team TotalEnergies is involved in the Tour of Rwanda, before taking part in 3 races next weekend, in France and Belgium.