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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Sicard reflects on Worlds victory

by Nick Mulder at 9:33 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, World Championships
 

Romain Sicard became the first Frenchman to ever win the U23 World Championships yesterday in Mendrisio, Switzerland. The newly crowned World Champion, who will ride for the Basque formation Euskatel-Euskadi next season, was interviewed by L'Equipe about his history making performance.

“Together with Michel Kreder I attacked in the last lap, because I didn’t feel that great. We went full gas to gain as much of an advantage as possible, partly because of the tricky descent. On the last climb I noticed that Kreder couldn’t hold on, that when I shifted down a gear. My win is thanks to my teammates, especially Arthur Vichot. They helped me tremendously, something I will never forget.”

When asked about his future, Sicard told the French paper, “I think that I’m at my best in stage races. I do need to work on my time trial, because I’ve only ridden one good one (in the Tour de L’avenir). I’ve been dreaming of Paris-Nice and the Tour. We shall see, I can still grow a lot. But I will have to work very hard.”

Despite interest from several top French teams, the 21 year old, who currently rides Euskatel’s feeder team, Orbea-Oreka, chose to stay with the Basques.

“Everything is well organized, I have everything I need. That’s why I have booked a lot of progression.”

The future for French cycling is looking bright with the Feillu brothers Romain and Brice, and now Sicard with his World's triumph.

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