At 34, Sylvain Chavanel attacks a new cycle of his career with AMI, he joined this winter. And “old” means still lead the French squad. Maintenance.
The Season Resumes On Sunday With The Grand Prix La Marseillaise. How Do You Feel?
Sylvain Chavanel: I am ready to tackle the season. I followed the same program last winter and I am no more or less fit.
Except that this winter, I did a lot of cyclo-cross, maybe it will bear fruit from the outset I’m a runner who still works at the beginning of the season. My first appointment is Paris-Nice. I used to walk on this event. This year, everyone looks there, it will have to be provided early.
How Is Your Integration With Your New Team, IAM Cycling?
SC: So far, everything is going perfectly. I have a lot of experience, my integration is good and I hope to bring victories. I am a major recruits team Mattias Frank. I’m going to try to speak to the one-day races, stage races it even if Paris-Nice for me too.
After The Marseillaise, What Is Your Race Program?
SC: I can link with the Med Tour, the Tour du Haut-Var … These are races that I rediscovered. I feel again, that’s fine. Then, Paris-Nice, Milan-San Remo, the first races in Belgium …
“I Love This Period From February To April”
And The Tour De France?
SC: Of course I want to do. I do not worry too much, there will be a competitive team but should never leave a winner. I think we have a great chance to be selected even if it is never safe (the interview took place before the revelation of the four teams invited by ASO for the Tour de France, including IAM, Ed). But it seems a little distant to me. I have an early season to seriously, then I have a break to prepare for the Tour de France as I used to.
You’re Not Afraid Of Being Overworked Early In The Season To Get That Wild Card And Then Get Tired On The Tour?
SC: I what motivates me is to put a bib to compete. I’m not someone who could refer only to the Tour. Every year I say this from the beginning of the season. I love this period from February to April. I have a break then. Riders like Evans or Froome win in Oman or in the Tour Down Under from the beginning of the season. Be sought, it’s part of the job.
What Are Your Primary Goals This Season?
SC: The goal is to get a win as soon as I shape to but I do not want to be obsessed. I professionally prepared with seriously. If you do that, with a bit of talent, you can get out of it (laughs).
“I Would Like To Do Something On The Clock Med Tour”
What Races Particularly Interest You?
SC: I have something on the lap of the Med Tour, I am the specialist discipline in France. Then there will be the opening in Belgium (Het Nieuwsblaad and Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne), Paris-Nice, Milan – San Remo … This is a very similar program to my habits.
You Are One Of The French Leaders Of The Pack For Many Years. At 34, The Years Do Not Weigh Too Much?
SC: My 2013 season, I think it is more than correct: six victories. If we look at the ranking cq ranking, I’m 12 , it proves my pattern on the season. It’s been a few years it lasts, I can always make correct seasons. In fact, we are still waiting more than me because everyone focuses on the big win. It can serve me but I ignore these comments. A season is not only a great classic … When you fall of Cancellara, Sagan, Boonen … pure specialists in these races, chances are reduced.
There Is Much Talk of The New Generation French. You Also Have A Lot Of Things To Assert This Year …
SC: If I am still in the middle, is that I still have things to show. I bike for me. After that, I try to meet my fans but the priority is the bike for me.
Last Season, The Younger Generation Took Control At The World, On Which You Got Burnt After A Long Season, To The Regret Of Coach Bernard Executioner. Have You Traded For The 2014 Edition?
SC: It was exchanged vows, Bernard is someone with whom I get along great. World, I think.
Last year, it was not necessarily in my mind at this time of the season. Already, there will be the team time trial. And after, the course looks interesting so I could have a proper program for the World Cup. All this is far … It also depends on the strengths that I leave in the course of the season. Races, I make all block, it is not to prepare. When I have a number on the back, I give myself up, out of respect for the race.