Marc Madiot: “I needed Groupama-FDJ to appear like Nantes, Auxerre, Ajax Amsterdam”

Marc Madiot, you recruited seven children out of your coaching staff for the World Tour. Are you content together with your 2023 squad?

Marek Madiot: Sure, I’m very glad. Is he very robust? Solely time will inform, the outcomes will affirm that, however I believe now we have a squad that matches completely with what the staff is. I believe we’re progressively attending to the band I have been dreaming of for 20 years. I am not afraid to say it as a result of counting on Conti (coaching staff, editor’s word) as we do, as staff principal, is a dream in comparison with my imaginative and prescient and my athletic construct.

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To be a part of this workforce of expertise and expertise, to draw younger individuals there, is an absolute dream. There now we have all the weather to go up as a result of now we have high quality individuals. Gaudu, Démare, Madouas, Pinot… And on the similar time we really feel that now we have a wave of younger people who find themselves in the identical line. We adopted the thought. I would not commerce the 2023 lineup for something on the planet. For something on the planet. I cannot envy anybody. We’re good in our sneakers, in our journey. It is a foot.

What are your function fashions?

mm: I like to look at soccer. All issues thought of, I needed in some unspecified time in the future to comply with what FC Nantes did in its heyday, AJ Auxerre, Ajax Amsterdam, with identification, with model. The truth is, we notice that these are bands which were capable of sustain with the occasions, which have marked their eras. In biking it’s a bit the identical with Renault. Forty years later, we bear in mind it. Even the jersey was particular, I would like us to comply with that line.

In 2023, feelings might have been even better with this choice to recruit solely younger individuals from the coaching employees…

mm: Sure ! I’m excited, bold, motivated. I believe now we have every thing we have to do nice issues. I’ve no complaints concerning the transmission. There have to be momentum, that is the entire story. If you happen to go inside, it’ll go by itself. The creation of the Continental staff is an absolute success, now we have to be simply over a 3rd (really 13/28, ed.) of its riders on the World Tour staff, which signifies that it fulfills its function past our expectations.

We should at all times maintain our eyes open as a result of we should keep away from making errors. In skilled sports activities, you do not have the fitting to be unsuitable too typically. Particularly with a smaller funds than others. It will be significant that we depend within the race, as within the Tour de France. We are able to play with the most effective, not on a regular basis, not with the identical extra employees, however we could be operational.

Learn how to combat extraterrestrials Pogacar, Evenepoel and possibly tomorrow Ayuso?

mm: (sighs) Pff… Work. It’s important to work and imagine in what you do. Nothing is not possible in sports activities. Some individuals begin with a number of extra trumps, however when you’ve gotten much less, you must take advantage of your playing cards. We’re not among the many favorites of the Tour de France, however life typically surprises. We don’t forbid ourselves something.

Michel Delpech’s singing at the beginning of a stage of the Tour de France is a testomony to the way of thinking…

Final yr on the Tour de France, the Groupama-FDJ collective made an impression. Might you contact it to combine Arnaud Démare, for instance?

mm: Doubtlessly. For now, we’re within the technique of developing the group and contemplating the functioning of the group. I am extra all for staff cohesion at the moment. In the intervening time, we predict extra as a staff than as a person. I would like us to repeat in 2023 what we have been capable of do as properly within the classics as within the Giro and the Tour. A robust identification and a really collective, very dedicated group. You will note on Netflix in a number of months, you’ll really feel what you already noticed on the final tour. While you see the photographs “inside”, you will notice what actual collective power and actual dedication of everybody to the mission is. It is one thing that is value gold and we have to protect it.

Do you’ve gotten an instance?

mm: I’ve had a staff for 25 years, been on this for 40 years, that is the primary time I’ve seen a bunch of riders singing after briefings. When it was over, they sang “Pour un flirt avec toi” by Michel Delpech and a track by the Cowboys Fringants. The singing of Michel Delpech at the beginning of the Tour de France stage is an affidavit to the way of thinking … The blokes sang earlier than setting off to the beginning. While you come to this example of your individual free will… I used to be shocked, someday I received on the bus, I used to be questioning what was happening. We inform ourselves nothing can occur to us…

General, are you proud of what you have completed with the band since its formation?

mm: I am attacking my twenty seventh season, I haven’t got a lot to complain about… I am fortunate to have some distinctive companions. As a result of we knew tips on how to construct a powerful relationship. We actually have one thing lovely, a narrative, a soul. For me, it’s no coincidence that we have been capable of create this new jersey in osmosis with companions, the staff and all of the riders. And it is no coincidence that we modestly succeeded so properly. If you happen to lack consistency, you’ll not succeed. This T-shirt is every thing we’re. There may be nothing unintended. There was a necessity and expectation from our riders to alter the jersey and colours. They needed to establish much more with their shirts. The celebrities are properly positioned as there was a will to depart with a distinct dynamic, what might be higher than a brand new jersey? Every little thing suits collectively properly.

Does the disappearance of the B&B Lodges staff fear you due to your construction?

mm: Sadly, that is nothing new. It is a part of biking historical past. Precarity, we all know it on this atmosphere. This is not the primary time the staff has stalled after just some seasons. That is a part of the patterns we encounter. Sponsors, whoever they’re, aren’t required to personal a biking staff. All the time bear in mind this. Groupama, FDJ, Cofidis, Ag2r… they do not must. It is not their job. I am not fearful, however I at all times give it some thought, it have to be a part of my reflex.

You talked about a “good” season, a sponsor of a “nice” season, that is what you mentioned. Do you imply to do higher?

mm: For 2023, I’m projecting the belief of this staff constructing that I instructed you about. How will it translate? Will that translate to 25 wins? Or possibly 15, however with two classics? I have no idea. We’ll settle on the finish of the season. I am unable to say at the moment what a profitable season would appear like, I actually cannot. It might even be what we’re going to launch. Satisfaction could be on a number of ranges. I would like it to work, and if it really works, we win.

David Gaudu and Valentin Madouas talked concerning the 2022 “click on” season…

mm: The distinction with different seasons is that now we have a powerful capability to understand our ambitions. The place typically we have been a bit underneath the spell to say to ourselves “we wish it, however we all know now we have brittle ft”. There we’re in a distinct logic. We nonetheless have greater than attention-grabbing substances. We now have a “enjoying background”, as they are saying in soccer.

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Why is Thibaut Pinot returning to the Giro this season when he clearly needed it in earlier years as properly?

mm: He simply got here out of his delicate interval. He regained contact with himself in 2022. I do know that by permitting him to return to the Giro, I’m leaving him on his again and I really feel that he’s fulfilled, relaxed, relaxed. Normally, when Thibaut Pinot offers a press convention, we really feel embarrassed, pressured, reserved. Once I noticed him yesterday, I knew with out even speaking to him that we have been going to have an excellent Pinot. I am certain.

You considered Davide Rebellin when presenting your staff for 2023. What reminiscences do you’ve gotten of this rider who performed for FDJ (in 1997) and who just lately handed away tragically?

mm: I solely had him a yr, however he was a very good man, very good, discreet, very well mannered. I believe that from the primary to the final breath he’ll love the bike.

At Groupama, emphasis is positioned on security, specifically by means of using fluorescent shirts throughout coaching…

mm: Given the context we stay in with these repeated biking accidents, it is essential to attempt to give our cyclists the absolute best circumstances. Fluorescent clothes, particularly in winter, is one thing essential. Nevertheless it’s not simply as much as us. There are turbulent cyclists, however automobiles, automobiles or vehicles nonetheless have a decisive function to play on this.

There have been additionally critical accidents within the race final yr, specifically the accident of Julian Alaphilippe, is that this a subject within the discussions between managers?

mm: We’re speaking about it with the UCI, however it isn’t straightforward as a result of we’re on public roads and it’s much less and fewer appropriate for biking. Fireworks are completely positioned on public roads to scale back pace. Biking groups have higher and higher bikes and higher and higher educated riders to go sooner and sooner. There’s something that now not works. Perhaps tomorrow we’ll must placed on heavier, much less aerodynamic bikes… I do not know if it is attainable, however in motorsport, when the automobiles are now not match for the observe, we sluggish them down. We discover methods. The bike at one time or one other must be impressed by what’s being completed elsewhere as a result of danger is more and more essential.

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