- Published on Thursday, 16 March 2017 11:16
Classic Loire Atlantic (march 18th)
“I finished the first block of my season with my first UCI WorldTour race, the Strade Bianche. That was an incredible experience. It is such a great race, with a superb course, huge fan support, and magnificent scenery.
I loved it. I found myself in a group of dropped riders like Nibali and Uran, which was the first time I was racing alongside champions of that caliber.
In the first races of the year, I had trouble finding the rhythm of a pro peloton. The whole brawl at the beginning of a race when everyone is trying to get into the break, and then again in the last hour and a half when we’re riding hard to catch the break and play for the victory… that riding is so much different compared to anything I experienced in the amateur ranks.
I feel that I am getting better and better at it, though, and I am looking forward to the Classic Loire Atlantique. It is a circuit event, but still very lively.
With Samuel Dumoulin, we have real ambitions to do well.Then I will be off to discover the Flandrian classics with Dwars door Vlaanderen (À Travers les Flandres) and the GP E3 (March 22nd and 24th).”
BREAKING NEWS : THE RETURN OF CLEMENT CHEVRIER
Clément Chevrier will return to competition after his crash in the last stage of the Tour La Provence on February 23rd, where he suffered from a slight trauma to the head.
After one week’s rest, he participated in the mini-training camp some other members of the team at La Londe les Maures (Var) last week.
“It was a good camp, and an ideal way to get the right sensations back,” he explained.
THE NUMBER: 3
The Classic Loire Atlantique is the second round of the Coupe de France PMU.
Three of our riders are in the top 10 of the current rankings: Mikaël Chérel (6th, 16 points), Hubert Dupont (8th, 12 points) and defending champion Samuel Dumoulin (10th, 8 points).