The Tour de Burgos, which started on Tuesday, is off to a good start. Especially for Arnaud Démare (2nd in the sprint this Wednesday behind the Colombian Gaviria), and for David Gaudu (6th in the 1st stage), the two riders of Groupama-FDJ. After four months without competition, it is easy to imagine the deliverance of 154 competitors. “It was a relief when the start was given, says Frédéric Guesdon, one of the sporting directors of Groupama-FDJ. We were all in a hurry to resume. It is true that the riders were worried at the start. Today, we are all reassured. “

In a country hard hit by the epidemic, and which spares no efforts to prevent the virus from spreading, compliance with health standards is constant. “Everything is in place to ensure that everything goes well, continues the former winner of Paris-Roubaix in 1997. With the team, we have been doing everything for a long time so that good gestures become good habits”.

“Except during the race, we wear the mask all the time”

In Burgos, as in the rest of the country, wearing a mask is not a problem: “Except of course during the race, we wear it all the time, and that’s completely normal,” says David Gaudu. There are even trash cans available to throw them away. “” Personally, I also carry it in the car, and the mechanic too. The same goes for the large number of people who come to see the runners, ”explains Frédéric Guesdon, who confirms that a temperature measurement is taken on each of his runners when leaving the bus.

On the sporting level, Marc Madiot’s team wants to show that it is not there only to respect the instructions. Well recovered from his broken wrist at the end of May, and from his two falls the day before, Arnaud Démare is in his race: “I am totally recovered, loose the winner of Milan-San Remo (2016). It’s been five months since I last sprinted. The team is doing a great job, we have good legs. It doesn’t take much more to win. “