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  The Normands Cyclists had dreamt about it ! Three cycling champion from Normandy share their impressions after they heard that La Manche would be the next Tour de France Grand Départ.
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Amaël Moinard

Born in Cherbourg on 2 February 1982, cyclist Amaël Moinard has already taken part in seven Tour de France. He attended Millet High School in Cherbourg-Octeville, then went to study at Caen University.

He started trail biking at the age of 10 after watching the “Big Loop” (Tour de France) on TV. Then at age 15, he joined the Equeurdreville UST – the Normandy Cycling Club, to start road racing. He went into professional racing in 2005 by joining the Cofidis cycling team, then started wearing the BMC colours in 2011. Amaël is a regular of Grand Tours: in addition to taking part in seven Tour de France, he has also raced in three Giro d’Italia (placed 15th in 2015) and two Vuelta a España.
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Anthony Delaplace

Having taken part in the Tour five times already, Anthony Delaplace is a Tour de France regular. Born in Valognes on 11 September 1989, Anthony was brought up in Theil, a small Cotentin village of 660 inhabitants.

Although he was passionate about cycling, he waited until he was 13 before he started racing. He began with the Tourlaville Sports Association first as a schoolboy, then as a cadet and a junior. He then moved to Brittany for his two years as ‘espoir’. Then the door to professional racing teams opened for him: Saur Sojasun in 2010, then Bretagne Séché Environnement in 2014.
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Mikaël Chérel

Having taken part in the Tour de France twice, as well as twice in the Giro d’Italia and three times in the Vuelta a España, Mikaël Chérel intends to proudly defend the Manche colours as the 2016 Tour loops through his homeland.

Mikaël Chérel was born on 17 March 1986 in Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët, in the southern part of Manche. He started cycling at age 12 with the Roue d’Or Teilleulaise Club, and then left his first Club to join the Vélo Club Saint-Hilairien. He still holds a license with them. He won the French Junior Road Biking Championship in 2003 at age 17, and then wore the Côtes d’Armor-Maître Jacques colours before moving on to UC Nantes Atlantique. As a professional racer, he joined the ranks of Française des Jeux in 2007, before moving on to AG2R La Mondiale in 2011.

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Who are the other Manchois professional riders:
  • César Bihel (UC Bricquebec) Team Auber 93
  • Pierre Gouault (VC St Hilaire) Team Auber 93
  • Maxime Renault (VC Avranches) Team Auber 93
  • Nicolas Lefrançois (ES Torigni) Team Novo Nordisk
  • Arnaud Courteille (UC Nantes Atlantique but originally from Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët) Team FDJ