By the editorial staff
guest of Big Mouths of Sport on RMC, the manager of the French formation Groupama FDJ did not mince his words about the new decision of the organizers of the Tour of Italy.
Due to bad weather conditions, the 13th stage of the Giro was shortened this Friday. The start was postponed by four hours and the runners did not take the Col du Great St Bernard, the highlight of this Giro. A surreal situation, after a long transfer by bus, the runners set off for the Croix-de-Coeur for only 74 km instead of 199. A layout and a decision deemed incomprehensible by the manager of the Groupama FDJ.
“ With the Giro, we make a new mistake. Cycling is a sport where you go to the end of what you are. We are destroying our sport by repeating actions like those of Friday. I am going to take a joke from Daniel Mangeas who said: ‘We are not at Roland-Garros, we are not putting up the tarpaulin.’ Cycling is putting the tarp, we are denying what we were “replied Marc Madiot to the microphones of RMC, citing the example of Bernard Hinault and his victory in dantesque conditions in 1980 over Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
“You don’t have to be a cyclist. We have the right to quit.”
Marc Madiot on RMC
“If our sport has such a history, if there are people on the side of the road, it is because there were these moments. On the Giro, the route was not too difficult! We have to stop with that. You don’t have to be a cyclist. We have the right to give up. In 1980, when Hinault won Liège, there were 20 runners at the finish. We have the right to succumb to fatigue, to cold. But we no longer go within the limits that make our sport so great. We have a fantastic sport, which uses something that we cannot find elsewhere and we are losing it. People want to grab something that you can’t see anywhere else. If we remove that, we become a sanitized sport and we put the tarp.he continued.
Beyond the rant aimed directly at the organizers of the Giro, Madiot did not fail to wink indirectly at the stage of the day which saw its rider the Franc-Comtois Thibaut Pinot having his hair done on arrival by the Colombian Einer Rubio: “There are still runners who hurt themselves, who go beyond their own physical limits, but we are losing the historical side of our sport. Cycling is something you do that others can’t do.“.