Vuelta Extremadura, stage 1 - F. Renimel : "a success that can serve as a trigger"
L’équipe Arkéa Pro Cycling Team a décroché son premier succès au terme de la première étape de la Vuelta Extremadura Féminas, disputée sous forme de contre-la-montre par équipes.
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“Cycling is an individual sport, but you can only win as a team, and that’s what this success in the first stage of the Vuelta Extremadura shows, after a team time trial in the streets of Merida. We had worked on this exercise in different training courses, and yesterday we reviewed some technical aspects. This reminder by our sports director, Franck Renimel was beneficial, it allowed us to be more fluid technically. Tonight we have all the distinctive jerseys in the Arkéa Pro Cycling Team, and that will inevitably give us motivation, but also a little pressure. Tomorrow’s stage may suit us. There is a possibility that it will end in a sprint, and if I have the opportunity, I will try to take my chance. After that, it will be up to the women climbers, we have girls with such abilities in the team. Our wish is also to achieve something in the general classification on this competition”.
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“We were hoping to get a first win in the Vuelta Extremadura, and this victory came in the first stage, after the team time trial. Tonight, we are wearing all the distinctive jerseys. The time trial went as we had planned. The girls had worked on the cohesion during the various training courses, and yesterday before the race, we reviewed the essential points through videos. This morning, they put in place one last time in training what had been decided. I am proud of this success, of what the runners have achieved. It is our first victory of the season and it can be a trigger for us. It will give confidence to the girls, they have seen that they can get success, that they can exist. It is strong, but even more so because this success is collective, which gives it an even tastier flavor because they are all at the base of its construction.