The Cambodia Cycling Academy (CCA) will join a major cycling competition in France next month.
Cyclingnews.com reported this week that CCA is among the many teams from Europe and other parts of the world that will compete in the Étoile de Bessèges.
The annual Étoile de Bessèges is held over five days in the south of France. It is part of the preparations ahead of Paris-Nice, the first European World Tour event. In additions to French teams, the race also features participants from Belgium, Switzerland, Ukraine, Australia, Sweden, Russia, Germany, Italy and other countries.
The 2021 Étoile de Bessèges will be held from February 3 to 7. The competition this year kicks off with a 114km road race around Bellegarde, according to the report. It will conclude with an 11km time trial around Alles.
The other participants in the race include Delko, Arkéa-Samsic, Total Direct Energie, Alpecin-Fenix, Bingoal-WB and 11 WorldTour teams, which could not join the other early races because of the COVID-19 situation.
This is the second time for the CCA to compete in the race. The mixed team was among the participants in the 2020 Étoile de Bessèges.
The CCA is expected to perform well in the coming race after adding several topnotch riders, including Davide Rebellin and Johan Le Bon, to its roster.
Rebellin is an Italian cycling legend, who is considered widely as among the most successful riders in the history of UCI Road World Cup and UCI ProTour Classics. Le Bon, meanwhile, is a former world junior racing champion from France.
The CCA is a continental cycling team that was formed in early 2020 to help develop Cambodian riders ahead of major international competitions, including the 2023 Southeast Asian Games. Samy Aurignac, a French rider with strong ties to the Kingdom, is listed as the founder of CCA.
The CCA gives Cambodian riders like Kim Chanthou the opportunity to compete in the highest level of the sport. France and other countries in Europe host many of the top cycling teams and athletes in the world. France is also the host of the annual Tour de France, the world’s biggest and most prestigious cycling competition.
The CCA’s members include top riders from Cambodia, France, Italy and other countries. The CCA is an emerging fixture in the European racing circuit, having competed in the Tour of Antalya (Turkey) and other European races last season.
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