Rémi Lelandais had time to raise his arms on the Nommay finish line for the first meeting of the Coupe de France this Sunday and therefore to savor his success. “It’s my first victory of the season, in tough, it’s nice to win like that“, he confides to DirectVelo (see ranking). The Cross Team Legendre rider first broke away with his teammate Noé Castille on the third lap before going the next lap alone. “The team did the job. I let Noé go, I saw that the others were feeling the pinch. Noah must have had a problem and then I left on my own, does he sum up. Behind they blocked the race. I was able to dig and I tried to make the race as clean as possible“.
The winner in Bagnoles-de-l’Orne last year insists on the importance of the collective strength of the Cross Team Legendre on this circuit of Nommay where he was ranked 2nd in the World Cup among the Juniors. This Sunday, they were up to four in the leading group. “The rain made the circuit very hard and very physical. You had to manage to pass the physical parts by bike if you wanted to make a difference. The old riders with a lot of strength were comfortable yesterday. Having a good team and a collective helps“.
“IT IS IMMEDIATELY SEEN ON THE RECOVERY”
If his guts were well hung in Franche-Comté soil, the 20-year-old runner still had his head in the United States this weekend. “Yesterday, I accused the blow of jet lag but I recovered very well for today“Besides, he benefits from this trip across the Atlantic to run two rounds of the World Cup.”It’s a good thing to go to the United States for a World Cup but you have to manage the organization and recovery well. I achieved my best results in the World Cup (18th and 15th, editor’s note), I scored big UCI points. It did me good in the head and it allowed me to come here more confident“.
Rémi Lelandais can devote all his time to cycling and he sees the difference. “I have finished my studies and I can devote myself totally to cycling, it shows immediately on recovery“. And he hopes to further build on the confidence amassed in the United States and in Nommay in his next two meetings, the World Cup in Maasmechelen and the European Championship in Namur.