Through Margaux Huchon
Published on June 27 21 at 12:02
From the peak of its 1.69 m, Jean-Francois Rault shared the route of Tour de France
with Bernard Hinault; now he is the supervisor of 5 shops Giant in Brittany and
particularly, to Pontivy (Morbihan).
At 62, his counter exhibits round sixty victories in novice races, three Tour de France, a Tour of Spain, a victory at Paris-Bordeaux and several other years of teaching all through Europe. In specific, in Norway and in Swiss.
It was due to his father that he realized about biking, Lamballe (Côtes-d’Armor).
“I loved following the races with him by the side of the road. My father was president of a cycling club and it was one of his members who encouraged me to compete ”.
As a baby, each Sunday, after spiritual pardons, he goes for church excursions along with his bike. These are the primary sports activities sensations, as he says.
“Each race has its effort, nothing is taken for granted”
“I’m a sprinter”, to make it brief. No surprise when you realize that in 1984, he completed
second within the French dash championship, on the observe.
But to get there, bodily preparation is required. “1 kg too much during a race is fatal,” explains Jean-François Rault.
Each race has its effort, nothing is acquired within the bike. It all begins once more from the second you might be put again on the beginning line. So it is higher to be humble with your self.
Start your Tour de France dealing with the Berlin Wall
“The Tour de France is a race that transcends you. He smiles and nearly turns into
He thinks of wet levels with water as much as the pedals, as in Blagnac, close to Toulouse, and even lightning in Châteaulin.
But the departure he remembers essentially the most is at West Berlin, in 1987. In the midst of the Cold War, he flew along with his crew over the German capital, cut up in two by this Berlin Wall. This time, Jacques Chirac offers the beginning.
“There have been a lot of individuals in entrance of this Brandenburg Gate, folks have been completely satisfied. But from the aircraft after I noticed the east facet, the GDR, all the things was darkish, empty of shade. “
A contrast which has the effect of a shock for the young cyclist.
The Bernard Hinault – Bernard Tapie alliance
Cycling has changed a lot since then. The material as the way of running. Before, instinct took precedence, we had no headset, we ourselves estimated the times and strategies to adopt. In any case, I finished all my Tours, in 1982, 1984 and 1987.
By imitating the scene, the former cyclist continues: “The public pushed our buttocks into the passes, whereas today we no longer touch the riders. “
Moreover in 1984, he remembers Bernard Hinault on a crutch, come to ask Bernard Tapie to create a crew collectively to win the Tour de France. The crew of Clear life was born and Jean-François Rault donned the identical jersey as Bernard Hinault.
Anecdotes that he nonetheless laughs about right this moment and that he want to by no means cease telling …
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