While the route of the 13th stage of the Tour of Italy was greatly modified on Friday due to weather conditions, Marc Madiot gave a good rant.
For Marc Madiot, the decision, which has already caused a lot of talk within the peloton, is obviously still struggling to pass. Indeed, the day after the 13th stage of the Giro, whose route was greatly modified due to weather conditions (75km instead of 199 and the removal of the passage through the Grand-Saint-Bernard pass), the boss of the Groupama-FDJ let loose this Saturday on the airwaves of RMC, during the program “Les Grandes Gueules du Sport”, despite the fine but frustrating second place of Thibaut Pinot in Crans-Montana.
“Cycling is a sport where you go to the end of what you are. We are destroying our sport by repeating actions like those of Friday. I’m going to take a joke from Daniel Mangeas who said: ‘We’re not at Roland-Garros, we’re not putting up the tarpaulin.’ Cycling is putting the tarp up, we are denying what we were.Madiot initially said.
“The route was not too difficult”
“If our sport has such a history, if there are people on the side of the road, it is because there were these moments. On the Giro, the route was not too difficult. We have to stop with that. You don’t have to be a cyclist. We have the right to give up. In 1980, when Hinault won Liège, there were 20 runners at the finish. We have the right to succumb to fatigue, to cold. But we no longer go within the limits that make our sport so great. We have a fantastic sport, which uses something that we cannot find elsewhere and we are in the process of losing it, later explained the former cyclist, very nostalgic for his time. People want to grab something that you can’t see anywhere else. If we remove that, we become a sanitized sport and we put the tarp. » Let’s hope now that the next mountain stages go better during this 106th edition of the Tour of Italy.