Tadej Pogacar wins stage 20 and takes the yellow jersey

Reversal of the situation one day before the final of the Tour de France: Tadej Pogacar dispossessed Primoz Roglic of the yellow jersey, this Saturday, September 19, by winning the time trial of La Planche des Belles Filles, the 20e stage of the Tour.

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In the standings, the young Slovenian (21) from the UAE Emirates team is now almost a minute ahead of his compatriot before the last stage, in principle without impact on the general classification.

If he won the Tour, Pogacar, who will celebrate his 22nd birthday on Monday, would be the youngest post-war winner. Pogacar left Roglic, who had been wearing the yellow jersey since leaving the Pyrenees (9th stage), 1 min 56 sec behind, in this 36.2-kilometer time lapse.

Situation reversal

Such a reversal of the situation had not occurred in the Tour since the memorable edition of 1989, when the American Greg LeMond had dispossessed Laurent Fignon of the yellow jersey on the last day in the « chrono » ending on the Champs-Elysées.

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Roglic, 30, has consistently lagged behind Pogacar. From 13 seconds to the first intermediate score (Km 14.5), the gap increased to 36 seconds at the foot of the final climb. In the classification of the stage, Pogacar pushed back the second, the Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, to 1 min 21 sec, according to an unofficial timing.



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Soren Kragh Andersen wins stage 14

The Danish Soren Kragh Andersen concluded the collective work of the Sunweb team to win the 14th stage of the Tour de France, Saturday September 12, on the banks of the Rhône in Lyon. Kragh Andersen came out in the final to lead the first peloton by 15 seconds, set by Slovenian Luka Mezgec ahead of Italian Simone Consonni and Slovakian Peter Sagan.

Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo) donned his sixth yellow jersey at the end of this heat-driven transition stage.

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Peter Sagan’s Bora left most of the sprinters behind and especially the wearer of the green jersey, the Irishman Sam Bennett, in the main difficulty of the day, the Col de Béal, crossed in the lead by the Swiss Stefan Küng who had escaped shortly after departure.

A new success for Sunweb

The forcing continued for about sixty kilometers, then with the help of the CCC of the Italian Matteo Trentin. He led Bennett and his family to surrender 80 kilometers from the finish. In the end, the Sunweb team led the operations. First with the Belgian Tiesj Benoot, who went out on the penultimate hill, 11 kilometers from the finish. Then with Kragh Andersen who countered an attack from Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe, himself chasing after German Lennard Kämna.

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Kragh Andersen, who had never won on the Tour before, brought Sunweb another success after that of Swiss Marc Hirschi on Thursday in Sarran (Corrèze). The 26-year-old Dane, winner of Paris-Tours in 2018, won the Paris-Nice time trial last March.

“I had really good legs, savored the winner of the day. Marc Hirschi inspired us, it gave us confidence ”.

→ READ ALSO. Tour de France 2020: abandonment of Romain Bardet, victim of a concussion

Sunday, the 15th 174.5 kilometer long stage links Lyon to the top of the Grand Colombier. Two first-class passes, the Selle de Fromentel and the Col de la Biche, are climbed before the final ascent of 17.4 kilometers (at 7.1%), classified out of category.

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abandonment of Romain Bardet, victim of a concussion

Romain Bardet, the best French chance for the general classification after the fall of Thibaut Pinot in the first stage, had to abandon the Tour de France on Friday evening September 11, suffering from a concussion after falling in a downhill during the 13th step.

The Auvergnat runner took exams at the Clermont-Ferrand University Hospital after the finish of the race at Puy Mary (Cantal). He occupied 11th place in the general classification. “The fall was violent, downhill, and I struggled all day, declared Romain Bardet. The medical examinations confirmed what I had foreseen and I am not able to continue the race ”.

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Second in the Tour in 2016 and third in 2017, Romain Bardet was the best French chance for the general classification after the fall of Thibaut Pinot in Nice. His retirement is the first of his career in the Tour de France in which he has participated every year since his first participation in 2013.

Date of resumption of competition according to the evolution

Winner of several mountain stages in previous years, he brought back the polka-dot jersey for the best climber last year on the Champs-Élysées. “Romain had a brain scan which did not reveal any lesion”, said Dr Eric Bouvat, doctor of the French team. However, it is necessary that he stops his sports activities. His date of resumption of competition will be defined according to the evolution ”.

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The start of the 13e stage was given in Châtel-Guyon (Puy-de-Dôme), near his place of residence in the vicinity of Clermont-Ferrand. The arrival was judged at Puy Mary which he described on Friday morning as “A great spot”, “One of my favorite places”.

At the start of the race, he met his wife Amandine and his first child Angus, born during confinement, on the side of the road. “The legs are one thing, success is something else, he admitted before this step. It’s OK for now. But there is a part of fatality in this ”.

A fall of 65 km / hour

Romain Bardet fell at the 100th kilometer of the route of the 13e 191.5 km stage, at the same time as the Dutchman Bauke Mollema, soon forced to retire (fracture of the left wrist), and other riders including the Colombian Nairo Quintana. Stunned, his right hip raw, he got back on the bike to take his place in the peloton and finish the stage.

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If he was left behind on the ramps of the last two climbs, the Frenchman managed to limit the loss of time in the general classification, falling from fourth to eleventh place, three minutes from the wearer of the yellow jersey, the Slovenian Primoz Roglic.

The fall occurred in a wide downhill curve, at a speed of 65 km / h according to the details he gave on arrival. “At this speed, it’s not a trivial fall”, had reacted in race his sports director Julien Jurdie.

“I was cursed today”

“It couldn’t be worse todaysaid the runner after the finish. I stumbled and hit my head. I struggled to find my senses instantly. I have severe pain in my right leg. I lost all my feelings in my fall, I was cursed today ”.

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Romain Bardet’s 8th Tour de France, his last under the colors of the AG2R La Mondiale team for which he has been racing since his debut, therefore ended prematurely. Next year, the native of Brioude (Haute-Loire) will run for the German team Sunweb.


The 2020 Tour de France begins a crazy obstacle course

Well there we are. The Tour de France at the foot of the mountain. This terrible third week which in fact begins before the end of the second. Hell is for now, or at least purgatory, this Friday, September 11, between Chatel-Guyon and Puy Mary, with a thirteenth stage not entirely lucky. The black cat is likely to hang around these five passages at more than 1000 meters, with a final to bristle the hair on the slopes more than 10% of the Col de Neronne, more than 15% at the end of the ascent. .

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In 2004, Richard Virenque took control of the stage in this climb to win solo at Saint-Flour, seizing his seventh polka-dot jersey and becoming the 24e French rider to triumph on July 14. Suffice to say that a climber could experience the same flonflons this Friday. Or just after, because it starts again and it lasts, with the fourteenth leg breaker on Saturday through the mountains of Forez and Lyonnais, and especially the fifteenth, Sunday, with very severe from the hundredth kilometer.

Let us judge: the unique Col de la Biche which is not really famous for its soft eyes, and the Grand Colombier, surveyed on two sides, which is not for nothing called the “Giant of the Jura”.

The insidious threat of Covid-19

And these are just appetizers. Question: before the rest day, will the champions want to work them? This is not sure at all, especially since they have to deal with another ordeal: the horrifying suspense concerning their Covid tests. They will again lend their noses to the swab, and wait in anguish for long hours.

With the risk that everything suddenly collapses, exclusion striking in the event of double positivity in a team, a single sufficient in four of those who have already known a patient (Ineos-Grenadiers, Cofidis, AG2R La Mondiale and Michelton-Scott) .

Four of the first eight in the general classification – Egan Bernal (2e), Guillaume Martin (3e), Romain Bardet (4e) et Adam Yates (8e) – standing in just over a minute, so pedal on a wire. What is the point of forcing their talent if the pandemic catches up with them in extremis? “This virus is a blanket of lead over our heads”, deplores Vincent Lavenu, the boss of AG2R training. The virus in fact adds a parameter to the waiting strategies and pushes even more to preserve its flame. How many will they be, the cadors, at the rendezvous of the final bouquet?

The fireworks resumes in any case from Tuesday, September 15 with a blinding explosion expected on the peaks. Not necessarily with the first rocket at Villard-de-Lans, but most certainly with the second the next day on the Col de la Loze. “We are all very afraid of this stage with this arrival at an infernal altitude”, recognizes Cédric Vasseur, the manager of Cofidis. At more than 2,300 m, runners will seek their breath. Strategists are already retaining theirs. Certain that failures can appear there, and big gaps widen.

The ability to withstand the test

“How will the organizations react which have only supported this year much more modest workloads than during the usual seasons?”, asks Jacky Maillot, the doctor of Groupama FDJ. It is on this type of stage and on this terrible week that the answers to all the questions we have been asking ourselves since the start of the event will fall ”.

The Jumbo-Visma of the yellow jersey Primoz Roglic and the Ineos of Egan Bernal certainly display impressive collective power, but the list of contenders for the coronation is as long as ever. “The level this year is super high”, recently summed up Warren Barguil, the climber-teammate of the Colombian Nairo Quintana who has not given up on making powder speak. Except that nobody really knows how the favorites will hold the shock if the firecrackers ignite by then in all directions to erode their certainties.

After the Col de la Loze, there is still some left to shake up the peloton. The sawtooth of the eighteenth stage towards La Roche-sur-Foron with a grueling Glières plateau to further destroy the morale of the troops. And then this Planche des belles filles and its last six kilometers as steep as justice, against the clock and the ultimate justice of the peace if the game has not yet been decided.

It would be the devil, after all these summits deployed, that this Tour 2020 boils down to a stroke on the clock, even though the exercise does not fascinate many people. But don’t we say that the devil is sometimes hiding in the details? So…


The coronavirus crisis, a “pivotal moment for changes in consumption”

La Croix: You worked with panels of French people during and after confinement. Do you think this Covid-19 health crisis will upset consumption patterns?

Nathalie Damery : We are indeed living at a turning point. Not that new phenomena have appeared, but because trends already at work in society before the crisis have undergone such an acceleration that it seems difficult to imagine a step backwards. However, we do not yet know how this will materialize. It will take at least two to three years for new forms of offer to be put in place to meet consumers’ aspirations.

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This is the time it took after the economic crisis of 2008 for innovative collaborative services to be added to new needs. It is even one of the main challenges for the development of these trends. Look at the tremendous appetite for buying local products. If there is not an increase in the competence of local farmers in marketing, they will not develop a new market of importance …

What trends have you seen s‘accelerate?

N. D. : For example, we have seen the aspiration for a desire for autonomy increase in an incredible way. Autonomy in food, in energy resources, in planning the family environment. This can result in an increase in the power of do it yourself, repairs, the installation of solar panels, the cultivation of shared gardens for the vegetable patch.

This is not lost on some real estate developers who plan for such spaces, even cultivated roofs, during building projects. This autonomy was born of fear, of astonishment. Many have been sensitive to a certain pessimistic, even catastrophist, discourse on the future of our society of overconsumption. Hence, moreover, a growing aspiration to relocate the industry. And a desire to consume more in line with respect for the environment.

But this awareness of our environmental responsibility is not new.

N. D. : No, but it must be said that a certain number of behaviors, such as the repair process, second-hand purchase, rental rather than ownership, in short everything that can be called anti-waste, were more the fact of social categories more affluent or more qualified. The coronavirus episode has tipped a population weakened by the economic crisis into these practices.More than half of consumers in our panels express a decline in their purchasing power.

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Anti-waste does not seem to me to be a cyclical episode but a fundamental trend that will question traditional businesses. Look at Seb who is accelerating in the rental and repair of objects. In any case, I am surprised at the extent of these urges for change.

You have noticed a reduced appetite for work.

N. D. : It’s very clear and I think sustainable, even if the economic reality has a strong chance of thwarting this aspiration if not born, at least multiplied by a feeling of urgency and a revision of values.

Consumers have expressed to us a desire to reinvest in their personal life, to reinvent it. These aspirations will in any case be much more lasting than certain passions which, I believe, will be epiphenomena of confinement: the rower or the exercise bike, household appliances for making bread or yogurt that will be found in classified ads or even home cooking. We put it in a pinch but it quickly appeared to be a constraint.


Nans Peters wins the 8th stage

First day in the Pyrenees and first surprises: the Frenchman Nans Peters concluded a long breakaway in the 8th stage, this Saturday September 5, in Loudenvielle, where the Briton Adam Yates (Mitchelton) kept the yellow jersey and where Thibaut Pinot lost his chances of victory.

In the favorites category, the outgoing winner, the Colombian Egan Bernal, appeared vulnerable in Peyresourde, the last pass of the day. But the Slovenian Primoz Roglic, the most comfortable with the Colombian Nairo Quintana, did not insist.

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In the general classification, Adam Yates, struggling in the last pass, maintained his position. He gave up around forty seconds to Slovenian Tadej Pogacar and a few seconds to French Romain Bardet, who started in the final.

An ambivalent assessment for French cycling

For French cycling, the results are ambivalent. He can congratulate himself on the success of Peters (AG2R La Mondiale), who signed the second French victory after that of Julian Alaphilippe last Sunday in Nice, but deplore the heavy failure of Pinot, his best chance at the start for the final classification.

On arrival, under the eyes of Prime Minister Jean Castex, Peters was 47 seconds ahead of Latvian Toms Skujins and Spaniard Carlos Verona.

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The French (26 years old), already winner last year in a mountain stage of the Giro but neophyte in the Tour, attacked 9 kilometers from the top of the port of Balès, the first pass classified out of category of this Tour, and has then left the Russian Ilnur Zakarin behind in the descent.

In the group of favorites, Slovenian Tadej Pogacar attacked three times in the last climb and got the go-ahead from Roglic, who was content to neutralize the start of Quintana near the top of Peyresourde.

Pinot left behind very early

Pinot, for its part, was left behind very early, 45 kilometers from the finish. Suffering from his back since his fall on the first day in Nice, the Frenchman, surrounded by his teammates from Groupama-FDJ, sank to the point of falling more than seven minutes from his rivals at the top of Balès.

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The European champion, the Italian Giacomo Nizzolo, retired during the stage, just like his compatriot Diego Rosa, after a fall in the descent of Balès, and the French William Bonnet and Lilian Calmejane, according to information given on the race.

Sunday, on the eve of the first day of rest, the 9th stage crosses the Béarn between Pau and Laruns with mainly two first category passes, Hourcère and Marie-Blanque, over the 153 kilometers of the course.



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Van Aert wins 7th stage two days after his first victory

And two for Wout Van Aert! The Belgian from the Jumbo team dominated the sprint of the 7e stage of the Tour de France which proved tricky for several contenders for the podium, Friday September 4, on the road leading to Lavaur. Briton Adam Yates (Mitchelton) kept the yellow jersey on the eve of entering the Pyrenees.

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Already winner on Wednesday September 2 at Privas during the fifth stage, Van Aert (25) won his second success in the 2020 Tour, the third of his career.

Irresistible since the beginning of August, the former three-time cyclo-cross world champion won the Strade Bianche and Milan-Sanremo during the period, the first « monument » of the season. For the victory, Van Aert settled a group of around 40 riders. He beat the Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen and the French Bryan Coquard (3e) and Christophe Laporte (4e).

Power stroke from the start of the Bora team

A victory not won in advance in this 168 km stage. The Slovakian team’s Bora Peter Sagan made a coup from the start by outrunning most of the sprinters, including the Irish champion Sam Bennett, until then wearing the green jersey which will be on Saturday on the shoulders of Sagan, used to the tunic.

Stretched during the first hour at 46 km / h despite the bumpy course, the race was relaunched, after a solitary breakaway by the Belgian Thomas De Gendt, when it encountered a stronger wind in the plain around Castres. The Ineos team of the outgoing winner, the Colombian Egan Bernal, took the initiative and blew up the field with 35 kilometers from the finish without surprising most of the favorites.

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Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, who was present in the group at the front, had the misfortune of being delayed by a mechanical incident when the pace was revived by the Groupama-FDJ teams of Thibaut Pinot, protected at best by the Swiss Stefan Küng, and Astana.

The Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, third in the standings at the start of Millau (Aveyron), and the Spaniard Mikel Landa, among the first in the general standings, are the main losers of the day, with a disbursement of around 1 min 20 sec.

Saturday September 5, the race tackles the Pyrenean massif in the 8e 141 km long stage between Cazères-sur-Garonne and Loudenvielle. With, for main course, the port of Balès, the first pass except category of this Tour.



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Van Aert wins stage 5, Alaphilippe loses the yellow jersey

Van Aert, winner of Milan-Sanremo last month and in Albi during the Tour-2019, sprinted ahead of Dutchman Cees Bol (Sunweb), however led by his team. The French Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), for his part, lost his yellow jersey on penalty to Adam Yates. He would have taken a container in the last twenty kilometers. The Irishman Sam Bennett, who donned the green jersey in the points classification, took third place, ahead of the Slovakian Peter Sagan, at the end of the 183 kilometers.

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“It was a complicated final”, said Van Aert, “But this might be the easiest stage since I became pro, there was no breakaway. I knew this step could be right for me. I am happy to have had this opportunity ”. “Now I have my stage victory”, smiled the former cyclo-cross specialist, who had already won a stage last year, in Albi, for his debut in the Tour. “I will work all the harder for my leaders”.

160 kilometers without breakaway

The peloton rode for a long time after a hectic start to the Tour and a first foray into the Alps. From Gap to Privas, the Tour riders observed a truce, without any breakaway, over some 160 kilometers, a phenomenon rarely observed in recent years.

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To find a trace of a stage without the slightest escape, apart from the parade on the last day on the Champs-Élysées, one must go back, according to the statisticians of the Tour, to the last century, during the strike of the riders of the Tour 1998 on the road to Aix-les-Bains.

A race that comes alive after crossing the Rhône

This time, the race was lively after crossing the Rhône, approaching a sector facing the side wind. But a new change of course, headwind, slowed the pace and allowed the Ecuadorian Richard Carapaz, a time behind a puncture, to return.

A brutal acceleration of Egan Bernal’s team at 8 kilometers from the finish, which served as a warning for Thibaut Pinot, badly placed, set the tone for an intense final which knocked out several sprinters (Viviani, Colbrelli) for the win.

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Van Aert, who is 25, won the 16e victory of his professional road career, the 5e since the resumption of competitions and the beginning of August. Thursday, the 6e The 191-kilometer stage ends with the unique Lusette pass, classified in the first category and extended by a gentle climb towards Aigoual at an altitude of 1,560 meters.



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Primo Roglic wins the 4th stage

Slovenian Primoz Roglic (Jumbo) won the 4e stage of the Tour de France, run over 160.5 km between Sisteron and the Orcières-Merlette station where the French Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick Step), arrived 5e kept the yellow jersey.

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Sprint in force, Primoz Roglic was the strongest in this 4e stage of the Tour de France, Tuesday 1is September, in the Alpine resort of Orcières-Merlette, where he settled the peloton of favorites. Colombian Egan Bernal, 7e of the stage, and Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, 8e, finished at the same time as Roglic.

Roglic, big favorite of the Tour

At an altitude of 1,825 meters, Roglic beat another Slovenian, debutant Tadej Pogacar, and Frenchman Guillaume Martin. He won his third stage success in the Tour, of which he is one of the big favorites this year.

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The winner of the last Vuelta was the strongest in the leading group which fought for victory at the end of the 160.5 kilometers. He concluded the work of his Jumbo team in the last kilometers, the Belgian Wout Van Aert then the American Sepp Kuss especially.

The 7.1 km ascent to Merlette

The breakaway formed at the start of Sisteron this time brought together six riders (Neilands, Politt, Vuillermoz, Burgaudeau, Benoot, Pacher) whose advantage was confined to less than 3 minutes for most of the stage.

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Alaphilippe’s Deceuninck formation controlled the gap almost permanently at the front of the peloton. To return to the foot of the final climb on the Latvian Krits Neilands, the last survivor of the leading group who had emerged at the entrance of the last 20 kilometers.

A large peloton tackled the ascent to Merlette, 7.1 kilometers long (at 6.1% average slope). The rhythm dictated by the men of Alaphilippe then Roglic prohibited any real attack until Guillaume Martin tried his luck at 600 meters from the line.

The next stage, Wednesday, goes down in the plain on a course of 183 kilometers between Gap and Privas favorable to the sprinters.



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Guillaume Martin, best Frenchman of the Tour and philosopher in his spare time

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Third in the Tour de France at the end of the first week, the French Guillaume Martin achieved one of the best performances of his career. Holder of a master’s degree in philosophy, the Normand is an atypical figure of the peloton, author of a play and capable of discussing the metaphysics of the cyclist.

What could Socrates have thought on a bicycle? The question may seem incongruous. However, it is the kind of questions that run through Guillaume Martin’s head. The cyclist, third at the end of the first week of the Tour de France, combines sporting performance and love of philosophy, from which he is a graduate.

His essay “Socrates by bike: the Tour de France des philosophes” (Grasset Edition) was reissued at the end of June 2020. The professional runner has fun imagining what the “vélosophes” – neologism designating the “cycling philosophers” , Sartre, Aristote, Nietzsche, Pascal – would think while running the most prestigious of cycling competitions. This philosophical fable aims to overcome the clichés making sport and thought two contradictory notions. “You have to think as a man of action and act as a man of thought”, as Guillaume Martin likes to point out, quoting Bergson.

You only have to see the results of the Cofidis rider to prove him right. The 27-year-old Norman climber has been in sparkling form since the resumption of the cycling season: currently third in the Tour de France, he also finished third in the Criterium du Dauphiné, the Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge and the Classique de l ‘Ardèche.

Theater, aikido and family farm

Born in Paris, little Guillaume Martin spent his youth in Normandy. Son of an actress and director and of a typographer who had converted to aikido teacher, he grew up in La Boderie, in the countryside. His parents built their little utopia there, by restoring an old abbey transformed into a living space, theater, dojo, farm and typography museum.

The cyclist’s first loves are logically theater and aikido. Then, his father, a former amateur runner, took him for his first walks in the Normandy countryside. Guillaume Martin finally took a license at the age of 13, in the Etoile cycliste club in Condé-sur-Noireau, at the gates of Normandy Switzerland. If the local highest point, Mont Pinçon (348 meters) has nothing to do with the high peaks on which the Tour de France riders compete, Guillaume Martin made his debut as a climber.

He quickly integrated the sports-studies sector and obtained a literary baccalaureate one year in advance. Then direction the hypokhâgne and the khâgne [classes préparatoires au concours d’entrée à l’École normale supérieure] at the Lycée Chateaubriand in Rennes, before taking a master’s degree in philosophy by correspondence at Nanterre, which he obtained in June 2015.

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At the same time, he never stopped racing among amateurs and he ended up joining the professional pelotons in 2016 … Less known than Romain Bardet, less expected than Thibaut Pinot, more discreet than Julian Alaphilippe, Guillaume Martin achieved his firsts performances in relative anonymity, which he explains in part by the fact that he runs for Circus-Wanty Gobert, the Belgian second division team. If the rider multiplies the top 10 in the races, he still lacks a prestigious victory in a great race to confirm his talent.

Reconcile sport and spirit

“The intellectuals do not even imagine the constraints of professional sport. For them, it is not serious. Likewise, in the peloton, few are interested in my course,” he explains in Ouest-France. “In my smallest measure, I try to fight the clichés. But I don’t want to be a standard bearer either.”

He discovered the Tour de France in 2017. Le Monde then asked him to write a weekly column in its columns. The opportunity for the runner to take up his pen and discuss the “gargantuan banquets” of runners after a stage or even on the “life of a mountebank” of convicts on the road. For his first time, he is ranked 23. A ranking that he continues to improve: 21e in 2018 and 12e in 2019.

At the same time, he wrote a play “Plato versus Platoche”, which partly explores the sport and spirit dichotomy: the comic and fictionalized story of the great ancient philosopher Plato, torn between a life of intellectual speculation and his desire. action. Staged by the runner’s mother, the play is performed at the Boderie family theater but also at the Avignon festival.

Already, to obtain his master’s degree in philosophy, Guillaume Martin had written and defended a thesis, which united his two passions, sport and Friedrich Nietzsche. “Modern Sport: An Application of Nietzschean Philosophy.”

The Norman is the slayer of Pierre de Coubertin, the father of Olympism and fair play to which he opposes the German philosopher: “The important thing for me is not to participate. That’s what ‘writes Nietzsche in’ Thus Spoke Zarathustra ‘:’ I do not advise you peace but victory. ‘ Basically, Nietzsche allowed me to think better about sport and sport allowed me to think better about Nietzsche. “

Guillaume Martin has two weeks left to reverse the trend in the Tour de France against Primoz Roglic and Egan Bernal. And to prove, as a good apostle of Nietzsche, that only victory is beautiful.