Sylvain Chavanel, Tony Gallopin and Lenard Kamna: They all did really well on the Grande Boucle, like Bob Jungels on Sunday. Even if German Kamna, who took almost a second victory on Friday, is only 25 years old, Tony Gallopin has already awarded him a diploma of specialization: “As soon as he arrives, he plays for victory. »
The beginnings of the Tour de France don’t help the run, which generally intervenes once gaps are created, “with everyone exhausted,” retired Sylvain Chavanel explains. “The profile is also important of course, it is better if it is high,” says the Grande Boucle triple stage winner.
“When the stage is flat, it’s a lottery,” developed Oyonnax winner Tony Gallopin in 2014. “You have to take the right wave and thus succeed. However, we shouldn’t be too selective, according to Kamna, as we were caught a distance Less than 200 meters from the finish line at the Super Planche des Belles Filles.” “I don’t pick a particular stage. It happened to me at Giro, I totally wanted to be on break because it seemed like the perfect day for me. I missed it because I was too active before the right move.”
multiplication of experiences
According to Kamna, the right move cannot be expected. “You can’t feel it’s the moment, it’s different every time. You have to try a lot. He also confirms that I also miss a lot of shots that I would like to be in. Except that no one sees him.”
One of his greatest successes, at Etna in May in the Giro, was the result of chance. “I wasn’t planning on being in the breakup. It happened like that, the opportunity presented itself.” Even if luck is provoked, Sylvain Chavanel slips.” There are little arrangements, symbols.”
The fate of the fugitives is largely due to the composition of the group. Kamna insists that “everyone should be excited”. To play to win, there is no place for publicity breaks or contestants present on instructions and for the enjoyment of their sport director.
Among the chosen comrades, he spontaneously cites “Kaspy” Asgreen, “the good man”. “When I see him in separation, I always feel happy,” he says of the Dane who accompanied him through the seventh stage. “There are always great riders, we know them, and there are others we love to ride with,” Gallopin sums up. The main thing is to get along well. Once we get to the final and it is decided to win, it is different, it becomes tactical.”
low target sample
The number of winning splitters has swelled in recent years – eight on average over the last three editions – under the influence of course designer, Thierry Giovino assuming “not to put in too many sprints”. However, the window remains narrow, and many parameters must correspond.
Sylvain Chavanel recalls in the 18th Tour de France, I only had three victories. The target is too small. When you know the breakup has come to an end, you should definitely sign up. Without there being a secret. “There is pressure but you have to keep your cool,” Mimosa describes.
Kamna has no more recipe than retired Chavanel. “I look at how other people look and try to find where I can break up with them,” he explains. But above all, do not underestimate your opponents. This is my motto.”