The crew Vital Concept – B&B Hotels recorded six arrivals for the 2020 season. Amongst these six recruits, a Frenchman: Cyril Barthe. Champion of France Espoirs in 2018, the 23-year-old runner carried out properly beneath the crew jersey Euskadi-Murias up to now season by acquiring high 10 on the Yorkshire Tower, the four Days of Dunkirk and even Mayenne Loops. Earlier than ending on an excellent notice throughout the Vuelta, the primary Grand Tour of his profession, ending eighth in Alicante then seventh in Bilbao. His season, his switch, his expectations for 2020: a couple of days earlier than he can formally endorse the glaz jersey from B&B Motels – Important Idea, the Béarnais confided in Cyclism'Actu.
Jérôme Pineau: “We have to be invited on the Tour”
Cyril, you participated within the coaching of your future crew a couple of days in the past in Spain. How did it go for you?
It went very properly. With the teammates and the employees, it went very properly too, there’s a actually good ambiance. Solely optimistic. I actually felt a need to go ahead all collectively, it's one thing nice.
How do you assess your 2019 season?
It was an excellent season as a result of I did a number of races, it was a optimistic level to progress properly. There was additionally a participation within the Vuelta, it was the massive purpose of the crew so it was actually nice for me to have the ability to take part and see how a three-week race goes. It’s an expertise that may solely be optimistic.
Had been you shocked in the course of the Vuelta?
It was my first participation in a Grand Tour so I didn't actually know the place I used to be going, I didn't actually know the way I used to be going to really feel. After which it went properly, with success on some breakaways and two high 10 bonuses. It got here because it got here, I attempted to do my greatest and that's what it gave.
Why did you select Important Idea – B&B Motels?
I had contact with them pretty early within the season, round mid-season. The present went very properly, particularly with Jérôme (Pineau). I used to be in search of a crew that might permit me to progress and I needed above all to proceed in a household crew, as was the case with Murias. That's why I went for Important Idea – B&B Motels.
Did operating in a French crew rely in your pondering?
Clearly, I'm French, so a French crew … I’ve been watching French groups since I used to be a baby. There was a possibility. In any case, I can solely thank the Spanish groups, particularly Murias, but additionally the Fundación Euskadi. I can solely thank them as a result of they’re those who discovered me, they’re those who skilled me, who actually taught me what biking is. I’m actually grateful to them: Jorge Azanza for my three years of Hope with the Fundación Euskadi, and Jon Odriozola, the supervisor of Murias, who allowed me to get a foothold within the skilled world. I can solely thank them.
Different groups had been ?
Sure, I had contacts with different groups. Nevertheless, I actually felt that there was an attention-grabbing venture and a household ambiance at Important Idea – B&B Motels. Above all, I really like biking, it's a pleasure, so it was actually what I used to be in search of.
What are your targets for 2020?
It’s to begin with to do the absolute best. I hope that I’ll move a course after having made my first Grand Tour and after having made a full season. I hope to move a course, why not play much more the main roles. And after, every thing will depend upon the goals of the crew, every thing has not but been mounted so I’ll know extra over the season.
Do you already know the place you’ll begin your season?
I ought to do the Marseillaise, the Etoile de Bessèges and the Provence. This must be my calendar if there is no such thing as a glitch.
Is working for Bryan Coquard a prospect that evokes you?
Bryan, it is a very huge dash measurement, I’d be blissful to work for such a runner. With out fear, I’d be blissful to work for him.
You should have your probability on sure events?
Inevitably, I believe that in the course of the season I’d have sure alternatives. There, it is going to be as much as me to understand them and do issues proper at the moment. The chance will essentially current itself, it is going to be essential to seize it.
Are there races that make you dream, that you simply notably hope to compete?
We’re a Conti Professional crew so we don’t actually know the races the place we might be invited. Since we don't know our calendar 100%, it's exhausting to speak about it. Afterwards, I like races like Paris-Roubaix, these are races that I discover very lovely. From there to say that it corresponds to my traits, I have no idea as a result of I’ve by no means made cobblestones. Nevertheless it's true that Paris-Roubaix has all the time made me dream.
The crew will intention for a primary participation within the Tour de France in 2020. Do you suppose this 12 months will lastly be an excellent one?
That is the crew's third 12 months, we hope to be there, essentially. The Tour de France stays the most important race on the earth, all of the groups need to go there. It could be actually nice for the crew to see invited, it could actually give a bit of enhance to the venture and it's a crew that deserves it. We’ll see how the beginning of the season goes. Both approach, the eight greatest riders might be on the crew so it's as much as the rider to play and be in good condition on the proper time to win his participation.
You’ll rub shoulders with riders like Arthur Vichot, Pierre Rolland and Bryan Coquard, references of French biking. Do you take into account that as an opportunity as a younger runner?
Sure fairly. I take into account that as an opportunity, they’re runners that I watched on TV once I was little. I’m 23 years previous, they’re between 27 and 33 years previous. I watched them on TV, they made me dream. Now that I’m there close to them, that could be a bonus. I can solely study subsequent to them, it's nice. I take this as an opportunity.