Cycling is a social sport.

How did you come up with the idea to write about the peloton…

How did you come up with the idea to write about the peloton?

We tend to view it as an entity that, while it lives on the inside, we go out of it and back into it, it is still, never stopping to change. I wanted to do some kind of exploration for this peloton. People spend entire afternoons watching cycling through castles, mountains, landscapes, etc., but why not also explain to them what is going on there? How does the peloton deform and repair? How do you prepare for a sprint? It is right before our eyes but how does it work?

Are you going to look for the individual in the block?

Cycling is an individual discipline that is run as a team. Except perhaps for trial time, it’s a social sport, where you come into contact with others – sometimes without wanting to – and where you share the same fate. Furthermore, in my early childhood, I thought “big peloton” was a runner’s name (laughs)!

How did you manage to get into the heads of the contestants? Who have discussions with them? Your knowledge of cycling?

It is a mixture of reflections, discussions, admiration, and even veneration. I wish I was a runner! And I found it important to make people want to understand them, to tell how things are going from the inside.

Are these scripts a way to live the life of your dreams as a cyclist?

completely. The writer’s task is to put himself in the shoes of his characters. I have a huge admiration for the racing cyclists, for geniuses like Anquetil, but also for those riders who race, not necessarily the big winners, but those who make the race are there. Who can get moments of happiness, who are looking for their place in the peloton, find it and try to be in the most effective place for the team.


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In my early childhood, I thought “big peloton” was a runner’s name

In one of your texts (“Tight eyes”), you wrote that the tour became the image of the dream of France. why ?

This dates back to the 1970s with the invention of the stabilizer ball located under the helicopter. Suddenly, the director had the idea of ​​turning the camera around to look around. Obviously, this was a result of the adjustment of the planning stages. Moving from camel to camel, avoiding the large artificial valleys of the Alps, we no longer see the suburbs. It has become the Tour de la belle France. I do not regret it, that is how it is, but France is not only about these landscapes that we show during the tour.

You admire the runners, but not happily. She tells about their little greed, even about their stupidity. Does the peloton reflect “normal” life?

It’s a community! Guillaume Martin, a philosophical runner, wrote a book called “La société du peloton”. This is the theoretical aspect of what I have tried to show in a more practical way. In the faction, there are people with good intentions, others who take advantage of the power of others, are mischievous, … a whole type of people can be found in society.

Watching Slovenia graduate super athletes reminds me of East Germany 40 years ago

You also get angry. In “Black Magic” we get to know Tadej Pogacar. She writes that he is surrounded by “men who are presented as crooks but are real bastards”…

What I find unfortunate is that those around you can distort the way you look at some athletes. I’m sorry, but seeing a small country like Slovenia produce super athletes now reminds me of East Germany 40 years ago. There is always that suspicion: Bjarne Riis, for example, is at the helm of a team (note NTT Pro Cycling Editor) when he has been convicted of doping on several occasions. These things last and make me angry.

You also give center stage to runners. Was it a special exercise?

No, because I don’t put myself in the shoes of a woman but a runner. that’s what matters to me. For example, I express their anger at recognizing their true value, such as outstanding athletes. Following the women’s races is nice, the level has increased dramatically, and their claims are legitimate.

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