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Former French team coach Cyrille Guimard, is back on Cyclism’Actu with a new interview (see above link for the original and integral interview) where this time he speaks about the Olympic road race, his favourites, the French chances and the time trial on 28 July.

On the road race, Guimard doesn’t hesitate to say that it is a beautiful course for an Olympic Games, but with a maximum of five riders, it will be complex to control the race. The course is very tough and open to many solutions, including a regrouping in the final. When asked to name his race favourites, Guimard preferred to be a bit vague, pointing out that a number of riders flew in on Sunday evening only to race five days later and a possible prediction must consider how any individual will be able to recover from the twelve-hour flight, the time difference, the high temperatures, the high humidity etc etc. For him, it is obvious that all the attention from the start will be on Van Aert and Pogacar, the clear favourites, and for the bronze there are 25 names for 3rd place.

For the time trial, he feels that the favourites will be Ganna, Kung, Evenepoel and Van Aert. Today Cavagna is in the top six, but not in the top three. But with this said Cavagna should focus and go for a medal.

Chronicle – Guimard: on Tour de France

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Cyrille Guimard, is back on Cyclism’Actu with a new interview (see above link for the original and integral interview) where he speaks about the 108th edition of the Tour de France which begins this Saturday. Winner of seven Tours as sporting director, the Druid knows this event like the back of his hand, and for him, the main favorite is Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates). But Guimard also believes in the chances of Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck – Quick Step), who could take advantage of a favourable race course.

Guimard has a clear favourite: Tadej Pogacar and he will feel a fierce competition from his compatriot Primoz Roglic, hiding after the Liegi, the INEOS Grenadiers block on this Tour with Richard Carapaz, Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte, but none of them superior to Roglic or Pogacar. Behind these five riders, there is Julian Alaphilippe and then, depending on the circumstances of the race: Miguel Angel Lopez, Rigoberto Uran, Jakob Fuglsang, Nairo Quintana, Guillaume Martin, Michael Woods, Wilco Kelderman, David Gaudu, Enric Mas.

Guimard then went to express his opinion on Julian Alaphilippe chances to do well in the general classification. He is convinced that all favourites from the start can have some difficulties and lose time depending on the race events and Julian Alaphilippe could have the possibility to play his card. “He is doing well in the time trial, he is more than a good climber, very good descender and he has a very good team.”

In his opinion, at INEOS, the most legitimate leader seems to be Carapaz. Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte are 35 and 36 years old respectively and Carapaz, who won the Giro two years, is 28-year-old. Its victory on the Tour de Suisse confirms its legitimacy ambitions.

Guimard carried on speaking on:

  • David Gaudu, that can aim to a top 5 position, even if he has a limit on time trials
  • Chris Froome, that returns two years after his terrible accident and he is today average rider but he can ride the Tour, probably his last Guimard said, with full honour, even if he doesn’t win anything
  • Mathieu Van der Poel, on his first Tour de France, Guimard expects him to stop before the mountain because he is aiming for the Olympics. He should focus on the first two stages in Brittany, where even with opponents like Alaphilippe and Wout Van Aert, he can aim for the yellow jersey. Van der Poel really cares about the yellow jersey, as a mark of respect for his grandfather, Raymond Poulidor, who never wear it.
  • Wout Van Aert could aim for the green jersey. He will ride for Roglic so that limits him for the green jersey. But, since he can perform well in the mountains and he is a time trial specialist, there are no surprises if he gets on the top sixth of the general classification.

Finally for the podium Guimard predicts first Pogacar, second Carapaz and Alaphilippe third, with a question mark on Roglic.

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