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Pro's, Celebrities & F1 Drivers to Test Out TriStar Cannes!

jenson buttonFollowing the success of the TriStar series in France in 2011 and the massive participation of professional and amateur athletes, the new TriStar Cannes kicks off the year as the major event at the start of the season. The race takes place on Sunday June 29th at 8:30 AM with a 1km long swim on the beach in the quay Laubeuf in Cannes. The loop of 100km bike ride starts on the Croisette and takes competitors to Grasse and rugged mountains of the hinterland. The breathtaking views and picturesque villages of the bike ride are some of the highlights of this triathlon in Cannes. The 10km running part is made of two loops round trip on the well-known promenade Croisette, starting from the famous Palais des Festivals going to Palm Beach and will lead participants to the finish line located on the Esplanade de La Pantiero. TriStar Cannes will also host a TriStar55.5 triathlon. (Picture: Jenson Button is racing TriStar Cannes this weekend)

Among the favorites for victory, there are many French athletes belonging to the world's top in long distance. The French contingent will be represented among others by François Chabaud and Hervé Faure, respectively second at Ironman France and winner of last year's Embrunman. The Franco-Swiss Olivier Marceau, already a triple-winner in TriStar races (Monaco in 2010, Mallorca in 2011 and Nevis in 2012), will surely excel on the track he knows by heart, living currently on Côte d'Azur. The foreign forces, including Daniel Fontana (ITA) and Joe Skipper (GBR), will also want to have a say at the second TriStar in European season that already promises an exciting show!

As for women, the suspense will be just as intense: will it be one of the French triathletes Jeanne Collonge or Delphine Pelletier, the Danish Simone Friis, the Swiss triathlete Adeline Rausis, or the Hungarian Gabriella Zelinka that will be able to win this inaugural TriStar Cannes?

Looking at the relays, two French professional triathletes Alexandra Louison and Charlotte Morel will be fighting for a victory in the mixed relays category.

In the red carpet city, many celebrities will be present to open the inaugural TriStar Cannes triathlon. Among them, Paul Belmondo, patron of the event, well used to the 111 distance, who has already raced TriStar111 Monaco twice and TriStar Nevis at the very beginning of this year's season. Stéphane Diagana, one of the most charismatic French athletes of his generation will be on the start line and goes straight for the king distance, since the former World Champion in 400m hurdles chose to go for the 111 kilometers. Several racing drivers will also participate in the 29 April race on the Croisette. The former world champion Jenson Button (Great Britain), Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) and Alexander Wurz (Austria) will be ready to fight amidst of thousand participants of the event.

Located on the Côte d'Azur, Cannes is a very dynamic and attractive town for its cultural life and its touristic side. It is also the venue of one of the most famous international festivals; and actually, Cannes itself could be described as "giant cinema scenery". TriStar Cannes is positioned at the top of the European calendar for 2012, and brings a unique opportunity to start the season in France offering athletes and their families the possibility to enjoy this little paradise on the Mediterranean coast. Fun is guaranteed and triathletes can show their qualities in the same streets as those walked by the actors during the Cannes Film Festival.

Live Leaderboards, Updates, Rankings and Full Results along with images will be on www.TriStarLive.com
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