Marion Rousse leaves the Tour de la Provence

For Marion Rousse, the collaboration with the Tour de la Provence has just ended and not necessarily in the best way. Appointed deputy director of the Provencal event in 2019, the new leader of the Tour de France women criticizes Pierre-Maurice Courtade, the organizer, for not fulfilling his obligations to her for two years and especially on the financial level.

Despite several reminders, the former champion is now in open conflict with Courtade, also a former boss of the Tour de Savoie-Mont-Blanc. Julian Alaphilippe’s wife is even preparing to take steps for justice, more out of principle than necessity. According to our information, certain service providers called upon by the organization of the Tour de la Provence have also been in trouble with the organizer for some time and are now willing to follow the same legal path.

A wind of protest against the organizer of the Provencal event has also just crossed the Mediterranean. In October 2021, Courtade had launched a major cycling project in Corsica, the Isula Race, in collaboration with CorsiCom, the marketing subsidiary of Sporting Club de Bastia. For the launch of this event, he then invited double world champion Julian Alaphilippe by chartering a private jet from Andorra. But at the end of this sports meeting with no future, the Corsican organization is surprised to have found itself today with the bill for the trip to settlement.

Pierre-Maurice Courtade during the Tour de Provence in August. (S. Mantey/The Team)

Tour of Provence in danger

As a problem never comes alone, the Tour de la Provence is now in danger. Created in 2016, branded ProSeries since 2019 and originally planned to be contested between February 9 and 12, the Proven├žal event is still not on the calendar for 2023 due to the rejection opposed by the DNCG and confirmed by the Confederation Council. Since Thursday, the case has been in the conciliation phase at CNOSF, but it is far from settled and time is running out.

Because Courtade would have every intention of selling his breed today. The CMA CGM group, a charter shipping company and owner of 89% of the shares in the La Provence press group, would have positioned itself. Negotiations are underway, with debt naturally included.

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