With masks required at the starting line, but no social distancing, 953 cyclists lined up for the 18th Cyclosportive La Bisou amateur race, initially scheduled for 5 April before being moved to 6 September.

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With 141km and 75km routes starting outside Lyon, La Bisou is considered one of the most beautiful cyclosportives in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of eastern France.

A challenging series of mogel-like climbs (Saint Martin du Mont, Jasseron, Arnans, Corveissiat, Thoregna, Arnans) and brutal winds test even the most fit cyclists each year.

Geoffrey Lucat overcame the challenges to earn overall La Bisou victory, winning a 6-up sprint after finishing second place in 2019 and fourth in 2017.

45 year-old retired French professional road racing cyclist David Moncoutié, who rode with the French team Cofidis and won the Mountains Classification in Vuelta a España four times, participated and made the winning break, finishing 6th overall.

Complete Cyclosportive La Bisou results here.

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