Tour de France 2022 – La Groupama-FDJ avec Pinot et Gaudu

Nine days before the big start in Copenhagen, the Groupama-FDJ team has already played its cards, without waiting for the French Championship this weekend. The composition of the group of eight riders unveiled on Wednesday does not contain any surprises since the sprinter Arnaud Démare, in great condition this year, was not selected, as expected. The formation of Marc Madiot will revolve around its two main leaders, Thibaut Pinot and David Gaudu.
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We have built our team since this winter by projecting ourselves on the course that we will meet for three weeks: before thinking of the mountains, where we have assets, we must first cross the first week“, explains Marc Madiot. The presence of Stefan Küng, third in the last Paris-Roubaix, will thus be precious in this perspective, between possible gusts of wind and, of course, the cobblestone stage. The same goes for the model teammate Olivier Le Gac.

The selection was difficult because we had a large and very competitive group, but the choice was made naturally, adds Madiot. I have a thought for those who are not in the selection, they are disappointed, it’s normal. It is a competitive selection, in relation to an objective, a race pattern and the leaders. ” Pinot, Gaudu or even Valentin Madouas will obviously be expected in the mountains. Will they play for the overall? Will they rather aim for stages? The first third of the Tour will necessarily weigh in the construction of their objectives.

Groupama-FDJ for the Tour

Runners:

Antoine DUCHESNE (Canada)
David Gaudu (France)
Kevin GENIETS (Luxembourg)
Stefan KÜNG (Switzerland)
Olivier LE GAC (France)
Valentin MADOUAS (France)
Thibaut PINOT (France)
Michael STORER (Australia)

Sports directors:

Thierry BRICAUD
Frederic Guesdon
Philippe MAUDUIT
Marc Madiot

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