The Frenchman admitted that he almost didn’t touch his bike during the week preceding the start in Vendée, as he became a dad for the second time three days before stage 1. He also realised during stage 17 that it’s worth going to reconnoiter the crucial stages in advance. Before the Dauphiné, he told Cyclingnews that he wasn’t a fan of training camps in the mountains but his new status as a GC contender has made him change his mind.
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21 July 2011