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Equipe FDJ - Official Thread

25 Mar 2017 00:56

2017 is a new year, and Team FDJ has risen to a new level. Much to my dismay, FDJ used to be a weak team, exposed in TTT, a team that went with the flow but never put its stamp on a WT race. Things have changed...

L' Equipe FDJ has more depth than ever and is now divided in three groups, with a good amount of flexibility. And the team attracts young French talents...the future. Gaudu is now getting noticed: Maison and Vincent are really good too. It's looking bright.

Marc Madiot was a fantastic rider, but ask Michael Jordan: when you make it to DS or owner, it doesn't always work your way...with the French Lottery committing, the Team is getting better. And Madiot is getting better. His assistants are getting better. Now, riders have their own ITT bike at home and finally get (some of) the resources needed to succeed. It's not Sky, but it's much better.

I won't take the entire first page with the OP, so I won't describe the qualities of each rider. I'll just point out that at the Volta a Catalunya, a make-up TTT team with only Tobias as a specialist finished close to Sky, and was much better than Contador's team. And AG2R, the (friendly) nemesis.

Demare is the best French sprinter, Period. With Cimolai and Garnieri, that's solid. Vichot can help, or be a French Philippe Gilbert type of a rider. And with Steve and Seb, Thibaut Pinot is well surrounded. I could go on and on: all the FDJ riders are good.

FDJ is in a new role, questionable moves have been noted, over-aggressive at times, but FDJ no longer belongs to the bottom-feeder category of pro-cycling. And that is cool :) .
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25 Mar 2017 01:01

Madiot deserves tons of repsect for how he improved the training methods in the team these last couple years
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25 Mar 2017 01:29

I have to say Pinot needs a great Domestique,someone like Landa in Astana and Valverde in Movistar.Else he could not challenge Quintana and even Froome to win a WT
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25 Mar 2017 01:32

Billie wrote:Madiot deserves tons of repsect for how he improved the training methods in the team these last couple years

True. And he managed to get the lottery to pay some :) . He needed the cash. With the re-signing of Tibopino, FDJ has a stronghold in CC Etupes, the best farm system in France. That's key for new talents. And Madiot goes beyond the borders: Eiking is a rider that I feel can become huge. I watched him on a French race last year, solo breakaway, a fighter.

Gaudu will soon get his own thread.
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25 Mar 2017 07:22

Ah, I waited for that thread.

Successful year so far, the three leaders (Démare, Pinot, Vichot) are really in! Although Madiot must be pissed to see a culturally climbing team like AG2R doing better than FDJ in the Classics. :D
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25 Mar 2017 07:24

Alpe-Thibaut wrote:I have to say Pinot needs a great Domestique,someone like Landa in Astana and Valverde in Movistar.Else he could not challenge Quintana and even Froome to win a WT

Reichenbach is doing a great job. One of the best domestiques out there.
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25 Mar 2017 08:54

Alexandre B. wrote:
Alpe-Thibaut wrote:I have to say Pinot needs a great Domestique,someone like Landa in Astana and Valverde in Movistar.Else he could not challenge Quintana and even Froome to win a WT

Reichenbach is doing a great job. One of the best domestiques out there.

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Re: Equipe FDJ - Official Thread

25 Mar 2017 22:53

Yes Kirby, you gotta love Reichenbach: his AdH win was legendary, and beating Dumoulin and Froome in a WT ITT is no small feat :D ...

7 wins so far this year: 3 for Demare, 2 for Vichot, 1 each for Tibopino and Cimo. Not bad.

Vichot 3rd today, nice result, a little hesitation during the sprint, close but no cigar...
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26 Mar 2017 12:57

I just realised Vichot has never won a pro race outside France. Is he happy to be a big fish in a small pond?
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26 Mar 2017 13:16

Geraint Too Fast wrote:I just realised Vichot has never won a pro race outside France. Is he happy to be a big fish in a small pond?


I dunno, but your avatar is disturbing.
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26 Mar 2017 13:18

Another podium for Vichot! Hope he can grab a big win this year.
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26 Mar 2017 13:21

Geraint Too Fast wrote:I just realised Vichot has never won a pro race outside France. Is he happy to be a big fish in a small pond?

It's the biggest pond out there. :p
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26 Mar 2017 13:25

Geraint Too Fast wrote:I just realised Vichot has never won a pro race outside France. Is he happy to be a big fish in a small pond?

It's not like he didn't try :o . But it's true that against the top international competition, Arthur struggles to come on top. 3rd yesterday, 3rd again today...
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26 Mar 2017 13:32

David Gaudu is certainly an amazing talent. And I still think Démare will win Paris-Roubaix.
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26 Mar 2017 16:20

Tonton wrote:
Geraint Too Fast wrote:I just realised Vichot has never won a pro race outside France. Is he happy to be a big fish in a small pond?

It's not like he didn't try :o . But it's true that against the top international competition, Arthur struggles to come on top. 3rd yesterday, 3rd again today...


Does he really try though? I get the impression he is very comfortable at FDJ and isn't really pushing his limits, but maybe I overate him.
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Re: Equipe FDJ - Official Thread

26 Mar 2017 16:34

You're right to some extend, and that's the very essence of the OP: FDJ has long been a small team, irrelevant on the international scene. Small budget, the sprinter had no train, the GT leader had no road captain, yikes...

Last year was a turning point, IMO, with Reichebach's signing, now Guarnieri and Cimolai...and we see FDJ active in the front of races, delivering strong TTT performances. This is not the same FDJ.
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26 Mar 2017 16:56

Absolutely horrid G-W.

Why so many flat tires?
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26 Mar 2017 17:50

Lots of teams offered nothing in this edition of G-W. FDJ was just one of them.
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26 Mar 2017 17:51

That's it. Gaudu is on my radar. He does have the body type of an absolute horrid TT'er tho
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26 Mar 2017 18:01

Did anybody hear Gaudu screaming when he desperately tried to hold onto De Gendt? He did manage to, but was quickly gone when they started climb again. 195 heartrate and lactic acid all over your body, ugh. I like it. Panache!
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