Valentin Madouas celebrates his title of champion of France when he arrives in Cel, Sunday, in the North. GARNIER ETIENNE/SPORTS PRESS
The Breton will wear a tricolor jersey during the next Tour de France, which starts on July 3.
He will cross the Tour with the French champion’s jersey. A privilege and a way to catch the eyes and the cheers of the spectators. In a role that Valentin Madouas loves. That of guardian angel. Like Wout Van Aert, the talented all-terrain rider from the Jumbo-Visma team who had swallowed the dust, danced on the cobbles, placed attacks and ensured infernal relays on the plains and in the pes in order to propel Jonas Vingegaard to victory. final, Valentin Madouas had, on the 2022 Tour, been the bodyguard of David Gaudu (4e), the leader of the Groupama-FDJ team. Tenth in the final general clification, the Breton had multiplied without counting.
He knows how to do everything (3e of the Tour of Flanders in 2022) and in any season, he could pull the cover to him but likes to play teammates: “This year, my role will be the same, staying around David for the best possible general clification. We have to trust him 100%. Then there will be opportunities…