The coach of the France team, Thomas Voeckler, was at a press conference this Friday evening, less than two days before the elite men’s road race of the world championships which takes place on Sunday. Winner in 2020 with Julian Alaphilippe, Voeckler of course hopes that one of his men will manage to repeat this feat, even if he knows that it will be very difficult especially because the race is likely to be much more random than last year seen the course. He also spoke about his role and his vision as a manager, where the state of mind takes precedence over the rest.

Voeckler first returned to the way he lives his role as coach. “I certainly don’t pretend to be a better coach than another, that’s clear. But when I was a runner, with my physical means, I had to think a lot to get results, and I haven’t changed my state of mind. I like to play, it’s true, I like communication, intoxication, I like to be sincere and hypocritical, but always polite and with respect for the ‘other, these are values ​​that are very dear to me, ”he said.

Last year, Alaphilippe’s attack in the final bump at Imola was scheduled. This year, the course is likely to make the race much more unpredictable, as Voeckler assures us. “If there is a coach who tells you that he knows exactly how it’s going to go, I take my hat off to him, because I don’t know. That’s also why I took riders from experience, in addition there is no headset. Besides, I make a little parenthesis on this because I’m totally against the headset, but the guys run all year round with it and then we take it off them. that they are not in their usual team, it does not make sense. On the other hand, it reinforces the work that must be done upstream at the level of the state of mind. In any case, this year , it will be less possible to do blackboard than last year, that’s for sure. But I trust my runners, and it’s only sport. What would piss me off is that there is one of us who has regrets. But we will have no regrets, and I vouch for the collective state of mind. I cannot promise you anything else “, a- he assured.

Thomas Voeckler concluded by referring to Florian Sénéchal. The latter seems to have passed a milestone, and he could even be one of the major assets of the France team on Sunday. “He changed category. He managed to settle at Deceuninck-Quick Step, you have to walk well for that, but I think he has mostly gained self-confidence. All year round, he only has rare chances to play his card, and he didn’t miss much. So he gained confidence, but you have to be very vigilant about overconfidence, “concluded Voeckler.

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