Yet another French race steeped in history is cancelled

The French race Cholet-Pays-de-la-Loire will not go ahead the year because of an apparent dispute between the race organisation and councillors.

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

After the announcements that the Critérium International and La Méditerranéenne would not go ahead in 2017, another French race has been pulled from the cycling calendar.

Organisers of the Cholet-Pays-de-la-Loire, held in the west of France, were expecting to run the 40th edition of the one-day race this March, but conflict between them and the local councillors of Cholet has remained unsettled and the race has therefore been scrapped.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.