These February French races are almost impossible to find information about. Is the Bessèges region disconnected from the Internet? Anyway, after Saturday's "classic" La Marseillaise, it's time now for five days of humping around southern France with some of the Continental Tour's biggest stars. Here's a startlist, notable for its lack of defending champion Nick Nuyens or anyone else of that stature. Jan Kuyckx won stage 1, apparently.