Thomas Voeckler never hides it. To make the Olympics selection, he had adapt.Romain Bardet and Julian Alaphilippe had to abandon the trip due to the late return of Thibaut Pinot. The coach of France had to reevaluate his plans. Rémi Cavagna, Benoît Cosnefroy, Kenny Elissonde, David Gaudu and Guillaume Martin will be present at the Musashinonomori Park in Tokyo for the start of a 234 km long race that will lead the peloton on the slopes of Mount Fuji. But, riders returning from the Tour de France had their jet lag to contend with before the event. Thomas Voeckler said that the first day was more like what he expected. France Television. We have seen the benefits of the logistics we have set up in every case. Concerning the Tour’s constraints and the trip, we are at the best possible place. “While the riders are entitled to personalized preparation, the national coach has not yet discussed with them the strategy that will be put in place and the team leader. ” I have it in my head. I haven’t told them yet.According to the ex-wearer of the yellow shirt, he confirmed his belief. They don’t know. It is voluntary, Before being conditioned, I want them to be able to mentally disconnect from the Tour de France. »
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Voeckler: “We are not favorites”
While a perfectly musical strategy sent Julian Alaphilippe to the world title in Imola last September? Thomas Voeckler is aware that it will be difficult to do the same in Tokyo. ” I don’t want to betray a secret, but we are not favorites, admits the national coach. This is not to offend my group, it is the truth. The strategy will obviously not be the same as in Imola. “The former champion of France sees his collective” in the role of outsider “, in particular against teams like Belgium, Slovenia.pepsia Italy, which will be able to count on riders like Remco Evenepoel, Greg Van Avermaet, Tadej Pogacar, Primoz Roglic, Vincenzo Nibali or even Damiano Caruso on a very demanding course. Thomas Voeckler assures that there is no race under control. Each nation can only enter five riders into a peloton of 130. The race for the world championships is not comparable to the Olympic Games. », Adds Thomas Voeckler who is more ambitious for the time trial scheduled for July 28 with Rémi Cavagna. ” We are fortunate to have a rider in France who excels in this discipline.Coach assures him. His consistency at the highest level of play since last year would have made it unfair not to give him an opportunity. “However, the boss is the Blues: We have a medalist, but I believe we have someone who could finish 8th or 15th.“. The track setup around Fuji International Speedway will answer that question.