Arnaud Démare, is that this the primary time that you’ve taken half within the Boucles de la Mayenne?
This is the primary time, sure. I’m on the highway to Mayenne and it’s raining. I had been bought desires by telling me that the climate was going to be high quality, nevertheless it’s as rotten (sic) as in Picardy!
You include the large staff, with the riders who’re used to being on the races with you.
Yes, we include a great staff. It’s our restoration however we arrive in great form.
The Buckles are each a restoration and a preparation race for the Tour de France?
Yes, we have not raced for 5 weeks because the Tour de Valence. It is due to this fact the restoration for my teammates and me. The purpose is absolutely to choose up the tempo and there’ll inevitably be alternatives for us to hunt a outcome afterwards. I’ve three races left earlier than the Tour: the Buckles, the Route Occitanie and the French Championships.
Do you take into account your self the principle favourite of the Loops?
I do not fake to say that now. We will actually see my stage in relation to adversity. But afterwards, if I’ve the prospect, it will be great to have great legs and to win a number of levels in Mayenne.
Who are the opponents that you simply goal extra notably among the many sprinters who’re aligned?
There is particularly the Dutch Cees Bol (Team DSM), the French Bryan Coquard (Team B&B Hotels). Also a Spanish rider from the Caja Rujal staff who’s all the time effectively positioned within the sprints, not often successful, however all the time there, within the prime 3. The adversity shouldn’t be underestimated. Everyone will need to cover us. We could have, I believe, the burden of the race on our shoulders. All these are issues to cope with earlier than you get to the tip.
In your Groupama-FDJ staff, there’s the Mayennais Clément Davy. What position will he have throughout the Loops?
Already, it is great to have a regional like Clément within the workforce on Lesoops. He all the time did a great job for me to regulate the fumbles. So that may give him a pleasant purpose. And moreover, stretching the peloton like that, as he is aware of find out how to do, at residence, I believe he’ll actually have extra enjoyable.
It’s one of many final races for you with the tricolor jersey in your again.
Certainly, I thought of it. I even have ten days of racing left with the jersey and due to this fact inevitably, I’ll take pleasure in it. There is already this little style of nostalgia when it is not over but. Even at residence, I took new wetsuits, new jerseys in order that I might actually placed on one thing nickel. I empty the cabinets of what stays to me in 9 to be all stunning on the final races.