Accustomed to waiting for French Championships before revealing the composition for the Tour de Francethe leaders of the Groupama-FDJ have decided to innovate this year and give it ten days before the start of the Big loop. Unsurprisingly, we find the five names that had already been announced at the very beginning of the season, namely those of Thibaut Pinot, david gaudu, Stefan Kung, Valentin Madouas and Michael Storer. It was on the last three places that the uncertainty remained, and it was finally Kevin Geniets, Olivier Le Gac and Antoine Duchesne who got their ticket for this 109th Round.
Video – Thibaut Pinot will return to the roads of the Tour
Marc Madiot: “Before thinking about the mountains, you must first get through the first week”
While the 25-year-old Luxembourger will take part in July’s high mass for the first time in his career, the 28-year-old Breton and the 30-year-old Canadian will return there, respectively after missing the last three and five editions. . Besides that ofArnaud Demarewhich we knew was not included in the plans of the Groupama-FDJ for this 2022 edition, the main absences to note are those of Sebastian Reichenbachyet appeared in form on the last Tour of Switzerlandof Rudy Molard and of Quentin Pacher. The French WorldTeam preferred to sacrifice a few climbers and punchers in order to select riders who were better able to protect their leaders during this first week which scared everyone.
General Manager of Groupama-FDJ, Marc Madiot spoke in a press release. “We have built our team since this winter by planning for the course that we will meet for three weeks. Before thinking about the mountains, where we have assets, we must first get through the first week. The selection was difficult because we had a large and very competitive group, but the choice was made naturally. I have a thought for those who are not in the selection, they are disappointed, it is normal. It is a competitive selection , in relation to an objective, a race plan and the leaders. I want to insist on the sense of collective and sacrifice, this will be our course of action over three weeks”he concludes.
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