Cycling: Antoine Boudsocq shines at home in front of Roannais – Teller Report

Antoine Boudsocq is not used to cycling. But the 22-year-old athlete, who is licensed with Grenoble Métropole Cyclisme 38, has only been able to compete in three road races since the start of the current season due to a physical problem that emerged in January. After recovering from the hair of the beast, he decided to have fun last weekend by participating in one of the most famous cyclosportives on the calendar: the Maurienne trilogy. to Residence. With the key to an almost complete success, as in three days of racing he first prevailed in the rise of the Madeleine before taking 2nd place in the following two days, with the continuation of the Telegraph and the Galibier, then another the next day very difficult meeting with the col de la Croix-de-Fer and a finish at La Toussuire. only that ! Enough to get him (back) on track both physically and mentally before he gets back to serious business on the amateur calendar this weekend at the Tour du Pays Roannais. Interview with the Savoyard.

DirectVelo: You excelled in the Maurienne trilogy last weekend! What did you do on this famous cyclosportive?
Antoine Boudsocq: I’m still a category 1 runner in Grenoble, but the problem is that in January I had wiper syndrome. I was completely stopped, I couldn’t ride once for three months, although I had planned to ride a whole season with the elite and with the club. Unfortunately, it was obviously not possible under these conditions. I started again in the spring, sporadically at first and still with pain. I had to wait until June 5 to return to compete in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes championship, which is obviously very late. Now I hope that’s all behind me and I intend to have a normal second half of the season with the club, chaining many more competitions together. In the meantime, to get back into it, I decided to take part in this cyclosportive because it was at home. I live in the area. The first of the three days of racing even passed in front of my gate (smile). It was an opportunity to mix a great workout and the fun part.

So they used this cycling as a preparation for the upcoming events!
I’ll be at the Tour du Pays Roannais this weekend. It’s a very good competition because it’s too close to home. And those three days of “racing” in the Maurienne inevitably helped me get back into it. I’m from Montvernier so it was really an opportunity to discover this beautiful cyclo with passes I know by heart. I was able to work in the passes, that’s good.


What can you tell us about this Maurienne trilogy, you who know Savoy perfectly?
It is a cyclosportive that has the particularity of being contested over three days, which is very rare. It is one of the most famous in France, there are many people at the start. We climb the region’s most legendary passes such as the Madeleine or the Galibier. It’s really a great pleasure, we’re full of eyes. Especially since the weather was nice, apart from Friday when we rained a bit in the Madeleine. Everything else was easy for me. I was five minutes from home so I didn’t have any questions about accommodation between days (smiles). It was super convenient.

How did you experience the adversity at the event?
To be honest, I felt that there was still level. Those who come here are necessarily pure climbers, used to this type of effort. I have seen many specialists. Obviously it doesn’t work like Elite. I got the feeling that most guys don’t like jerks. Everyone tries to keep their pace. It’s going uphill, but it’s still tough because there are very tough guys out there. It’s everyone for themselves, so we do it as we see fit, there are no team tactics. Everything is really done by pedal.


You have found the time and the desire to immerse yourself in this cycling universe despite having a very busy schedule…
I work in construction, which I don’t think is very common for a cyclist (smiles). I work in the fields of energy, heating, air and water treatment. I’ve been doing site maintenance and troubleshooting for four years. I’m full-time, so I might as well say that competing and working 35 hours a week on construction isn’t easy. It’s still possible in the summer because I try to go horseback riding for an hour and a half right after work. But winter is more complicated. I do everything on the exercise bike. In any case, I have to be content with eight to twelve hours of training per week. It’s very easy, but I’m starting to know myself well and I’m getting used to it.

Can you be ambitious for the end of the season under these conditions?
I’m hoping for a few runners-up. I made it last year (6th stage of the 4 days of As-en-Provence – picture below –14th at the GP of Varennes-sur-Allier or even 8th at the Mémorial d’Automne de Chasseneuil – CDF N3 – at the end of the season, ed. editorial). It made me happy, I saw that it’s possible. I don’t know if I’ll keep going that long because it takes time. But as long as I enjoy it and as long as it works, I’ll do it.

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