A stage win, a top 5 finish, four riders in the top 15 of the general classification – the tricolor record could have been better, but when the curtain came down on this Tour de France 2022, we can say that our French have fulfilled expectations that were not really high at the start of this 109th big loopon July 1, with the absence of Julian Alpahilippe and that ofArnaud Demare. Christopher Laporte became a national hero by winning the 19th stage, david gaudu he competed with the best and Valentine Madouas for example, changed status. And if we could expect better from a Thibaut Pinotwhat about some runners who were completely lost Tour de France. Time to sit down to eat!
Video – Tour 2022 – Christophe Laporte, hero of the nation!
— Eurosport France (@Eurosport_FR) July 22, 2022
Gaudu, Laporte, Madouas… have won their Tour!
At first there were 32 Frenchmen and one thing is certain: they did not experience the same success. Among the best students, we inevitably find runners like Christopher Laporte (Jumbo-Visma). Crew member– model for the yellow shirt, Jonas VingegaardVarois became a national hero by unlocking the tricolor counter during the 19th stage. david gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) also managed to fly the French flag… up to 4th overall. Demonstrating his skills for three weeks, the Breton has thus given promises for the coming years. But will it be enough to compete better in the future?
This is not clear, both his rivals – Jonas Vingegaard i Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates): They have a huge advantage over the French climber. True guardian angel of his leader, Valentine Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) – 11th overall – has undoubtedly passed a milestone in his career and has changed his status with the general public. Among other satisfactions: Alexis Gougeard (B&B Hotels-KTM) i Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis) were important facilitators at certain stages. In the absence of the leaders of the tricolor sprint (Arnaud Démare, Nacer Bouhanni, Bryan Coquard…), Hugo Hofstetter (Team Arkéa-Samsic) i Jeremy Lecroq (B&B Hotels-KTM) performed satisfactorily in this Tour de France 2022, whileOlivier Le Gac (Groupama-FDJ) fulfilled its team role perfectly.
Bardet, Pinot, Sénéchal: we would have expected better but…
We could expect a stage win for these riders, Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) in charge. The Franc-Comtois alternated between the good and the less good during this one Tour de Francebut overall his record remains satisfactory with a podium (3rd in the 14th stage) and a top 15 finish. Romain Bardet (Team DSM) has been playing with the best in the general classification for a while now. But no sufficiently prepared after his abandonment in the spin and victim of a terrible heat stroke, the native of Brioude had to hold on to keep his place in the top 10. A good performance considering these circumstances.
In a team role for Fabio Jakobsenthe champion of France Florian Senechal sometimes he has been able to express himself, successfully (three times in the top ten). But it is little to consider that he succeeded in his Tour de France. Tony Gallopin (Trek-Segafredo) got a good one big loophow Mathieu Burgaudeau (Team TotalEnergies) which has been unlucky at times. For his first participation in the French event, Mathis Louvel (Team Arkéa-Samsic) maintained their rank, but without necessarily shining. Finally, the experienced Maxime Bouet (Team Arkéa-Samsic), Cyril Lemoine (B&B Hotels-KTM) i Pierre-Luc Perichon (Cofidis) played his role as road captain, a little (too) in the shadows.
Warren Barguil and Guillaume Martin were unlucky on their side!
Whether they could have won a stage or played a major role in the general classification is unknown, however Warren Barguil (Team Arkéa-Samsic) i William Martin (Cofidis) – who had to resign due to a positive Covid test – had no luck on their side in this Tour de France 2022. It is therefore difficult to assess his performance, although the first city had shown great things in this 109th edition, in particular in the Granon stage where he had run in the lead before being swallowed up by the leaders. the general classification, Jonas Vingegaard in your mind
The same observation for Geoffrey Bouchard, Mikael Cherel i Aurélien Paret-Painter. The three neighbors ofAG2R Citroën have been affected by Covid during this time big loop. With great pain, Victor Lafay (Cofidis), who was discovering the French event this year, struggled but eventually had to decided to quit due breathing difficulties Although he had shown beautiful things, Alexis Vuillermoz (Team TotalEnergies) left the roads of the 109th edition before the 10th stage. Finally, Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies Team), vvictim of numerous falls in the early stages, he experienced a Tour de France very difficult and he never got to play his personal card.
Alexis Vuillermoz does not start the 10th stage…ðŸ˜ž He is suffering from a skin infection, which requires surgery, and a high fever.
—Team TotalEnergies (@TeamTotalEnrg) July 11, 2022
Bonnamour, Latour, Rolland: disappointments!
It is difficult to put riders in this category as the wait around the French cyclists was not really high due to the lack of Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) or the main French sprinters (Arnaud Démare, Nacer Bouhanni, Bryan Coquard…). But some runners were disappointed due to this big loop 2022, starting Pierre Roland (B&B Hotels-KTM). best climber Criterium Dauphinelast June, the 35-year-old runner didn’t have the legs to play for stage wins.
Ditto for his teammate Frank Bonnamour. Chosen super combative from the previous edition, the native of Lannion moved on to big loop in maximum anonymity, apart from his 15th place on the Mende stage. insufficient Not having the goal of the general classification, Pierre Latour (Team TotalEnergies) wanted to target the stages. A failed choice for the Drôme that happened completely for him Tour de France (not top 10). The performance of Benoit Cosnefroy (AG2R Citroën) will not go down in history either. The former U23 world champion is still struggling to exist in stage races. Anthony Perez (Cofidis) and Cyril Bartomeu (B&B Hotels-KTM) nor were they transcendents.