26 August 2018
The good record of the French
Part without real ambition for the overall classification, the team of France presents a record that goes beyond his expectations on this Tour de l’Avenir.
She is the only team, with Switzerland thanks to the double of Gino Mäder, to win two stages with Alan Riou winner in Châteaubriant (yellow jersey 4 days in total) and Damien Touzé who imitated him the next day in Châteaudun.
As a bonus, Damien Touzé wins the green jersey of the points classification, a great consecration to the Normandy season, before leaving the continental team Saint-Michel – Auber 93 for the next level with Cofidis next year.
Moreover, the young Clément Champoussin, born from mountain biking, did better than meet the hopes he raised in the mountains. It went crescendo by ranking 7th in Méribel, 6th in Crest-Voland, 8th in Val d’Isère, all completed by a seductive 3rd place for the last stage on the slopes of Glandon. A consistency that earned him to be ranked 5th in the final ranking, which is encouraging 20 years for the Nice trained Chambery.
If Pierre-Yves Châtelon, the French coach, admitted at first that the current generation was a bit in the trough of the climbers wave, two years after the victory of David Gaudu, he now knows he has something to work on to come up…