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Marc Madiot: French cycling isn’t 'doing that badly'

Video by FRANCE 24

Text by Emmanuel VERSACE

Latest update : 2009-07-04

Marc Madiot, sports director of the ‘Francaise des Jeux’ (French national lottery) team hopes for a stage victory in the Tour de France 2009. A Tour veteran since 1982, initially as a rider, he’s positive about the future of French cycling.

FRANCE 24 - What is your team’s goal for the 2009 Tour?

Marc Madiot - To win a stage would be great! And to try and have a good Tour, to be there 'til the end. Sandy Casar [team leader] will do what he’s already proven he can do during previous tours. He came in 14th the last year. We hope he’ll do better.

F24 - How do you feel about the 2009 Tour route?

M.M. - This will be my 25th or 26th Tour, so I don’t especially have anything to say right now. There are mountains, the Pyrenees and the Alps. After that, it’s always the strongest who wins.

F24 - How do you feel about French cycling?

M.M. - Well it isn't doing as badly as that. There are nine teams competing in this Tour. There will be new ones next year. With the crisis, it’s not easy for anyone but we’re holding on. One can only hope for the best in the years to come.


The Francaise des Jeux team for the 2009 Tour de France:

Sandy Casar (FRA), Jerome Coppel (FRA), Anthony Geslin (FRA), Sebastien Joly (FRA), Yauheni Hutarovitch (BLR), Christophe Le Mevel (FRA), Jeremy Roy (FRA), Benoit Vaugrenard (FRA), Jussie Veikkanen (FIN).

Date created : 2009-07-01