In his professional career Thomas Voeckler was an actor on his bicycle, as a national coach he also knows the tricks of the trade. To everyone’s surprise, Benoît Cosnefroy boarded a plane to Australia on Sunday. The terrifying French bloc has an extra weapon after a round of poker.
After his fall in the Tour of Spain, Julian Alaphilippe was the big French question mark, but the two-time world champion made the decision about two weeks ago: he demands his jersey number.
No problem for Thomas Voeckler, because the French national coach can select the reigning world champion anyway and therefore did not have to delete another pawn. 8+1: the French already have the strongest block numerically anyway.
Much more surprising was the message the day after the Québec QP that winner Benoît Cosnefroy would not travel to Wollongong.
The 26-year-old Cosnefroy, world champion with the promises in Bergen 2017, had already announced his decision to the national coach in June.
Cosnefroy was not immediately ready for the long trip down-under and wanted to achieve a personal goal: to win a major race in the colors of AG2R-Citroën.
After a series of places of honor – think of his millimeter defeat in the Amstel Gold Race – he mainly focused on the Tour of Lombardy (October 8).
Congratulations from Cosnefroy to Alaphilippe in Leuven.
Discussion about airline tickets is pushed to the backplane
After his rise to power in Québec, Cosnefroy didn’t seem to have a speck of doubt, but Voeckler didn’t hesitate for a second. No sooner had Cosnefroy received his Canadian trophy than Titi had ringed his phone.
Apparently Voeckler didn’t have to use his charms, because according to the French media, Cosnefroy – with a prestigious victory in the suitcase – was suddenly immediately convinced.
Cosnefroy – nicknamed “Alaphilippe light” – immediately informed his family of his change of course, the French federation rushed to find a plane ticket.
Initially, there was a lot of commotion among the neighbors about the travel distinction that the federation had made between the men and the women: business class for Alaphilippe and co, economy for their female colleagues.
A budgetary issue, the French federation defended itself, but the discussion quickly died down when L’Equipe revealed on Sunday evening that an extra World Cup-goer had stepped on board with Cosnefroy.
Who will disappear from the squad?
However, the French federation and Voeckler kept their lips tight, the confirmation normally follows on Wednesday, a formality.
Although it has once again become clear that Voeckler is not from yesterday. The selector was smart and cunning to put Cosnefroy on the reserve list a while ago. Fault le faire.
That sporting condition was therefore not an obstacle, but the French should of course not be at the start on Sunday.
According to L’Equipe, among others, Cosnefroy felt uncomfortable with the fact that he would kick someone from the team, but the French persevered.
Perhaps Bruno Armirail or Rémi Cavagna will be the child of the bill. They are the only French with a pure servant profile and already drove the time trial on Sunday and the mixed relay on Wednesday.
With Cosnefroy, the French ensemble has only grown stronger.
Julian Alaphilippe, Christophe Laporte, Romain Bardet, Valentin Madouas, Pavel Sivakov, Florian Sénéchal, Quentin Pâcher, Rémi Cavagna/Bruno Armirail and thus Benoît Cosnefroy: with these weapons you can go to the front.
|program and results 2022 World Cycling Championships|
|Sunday 18 September||time trial women elite||34.2 km||1.35 am – 4.30 am||Ellen van Dijk (Ned)||report|
|time trial men elite||34.2 km||5.40 am – 9.00 am||Tobias Foss (Noo)||report|
|Monday 19 September||time trial men promises||28.8 km||5.20 am – 9.00 am||Soren Wærenskjold (Noo)||report|
|tuesday 20 september||time trial women juniors||14.1 km||1.30 am – 3 am||Zoe Backstedt (GBr)||report|
|time trial men juniors||28.8 km||5.20 am – 9.00 am||Joshua Tarling (GBr)||report|
|Wednesday September 21||mixed redemption||28.2 km||6.20 am – 9.00 am|
|Friday September 23||road race men juniors||135.6 km||0.30 am – 4.00 am|
|road ride men promises||169.8 km||5.00 am – 9.15 am|
|Saturday September 24||road race women juniors||67.2 km||0.00 am – 1.55 am|
|road race women elite||164.3 km||3.55 am – 9.00 am|
|Sunday 25 September||road race men elite||266.9 km||2.00 am – 8.50 am|