Thomas Voeckler, unhappy at the beginning of the year (fall and broken collarbone), postponed to April ambitions and promises to be even more “focused on the Tour de France.”
At 34, the leader of the Europcar team is aware of the multiplicity of expectations around him, the most popular French riders. “Every year, he said, I know that puts the counters.”
Q: When Can We Expect After Your Downtime Early Season?
A: “My comeback is likely to be in two weeks, maybe from the Tour + med + if I have the green light from the surgeon, if the Tour of Algarve in Portugal. But I think in terms of level of performance.
Being one hundred percent, it will not be possible before the month of April. It may stick with the classics that I love, the Amstel Gold Race and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. But that does not mean I could not do before an escape, a thing. ”
Q: What Changes The Return Of The Team In The First Division (WorldTour)?
A: “For me, personally, it does not change much because we had access to good races. The advantage lies mainly in the collective. The whole group can advance. It has the smallest budget WorldTour, there is a fair bit in the effective density. The good point is that young people can have opportunities they would not necessarily have had. ”
Q: You Can Run Again The Vuelta …
A: “It’s too far to speak of. I take the road training only. And we know that the end of the year is determined by the month of July.
Q: Your View Of The Tower She Changed After Your Disappointment Of Last Year?
A: “My Tour de France 2013 has been bad, but I have not had a bad season. I managed to win five races while falling repeatedly. In 2011 and 2012, I did more than what was expected of me. Last year, it was worse. I know more than I expected. I have often said that I was not a runner Tour. But I still pay more account that resets the counters in the Tour. Compared to other years, I focus even more on the Tour. ”
Q: What Do You Think For The Tour?
A: “I had my chance for the general classification. Without my error of judgment in step Alpe d’Huez, I think that my place was on the second step of the podium and not the foot (4th). But, seeing the coming generation, the opposition, I do me a reason for the general. There has stage wins, of course. There are plenty of things to do when we have the means to do so. After that, it’s got great, the golf, fitness, some instinct and faces favorable race. ”
Q: Are You Frustrated Last Year?
A: “I was not the picks every day but I was miles away from what I was capable of doing. I was almost fatalistic, saying it was necessary that it happens. There was a psychological aspect, because I had expected a more progression than regression of the form after the Dauphiné, a physical aspect as well. I may be asking too much for my body to recover from my fall in April. “