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by Shane Stokes
September 28, 2017
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The new world under 23 champion Benoit Cosnefroy has set his sights on his next race, but the Ag2r La Mondiale rider appears to be playing down the chances of landing personal success there. “I will start the Tour de Vendée without having ridden much since Friday,” he said, referring to his victorious performance last week in the world road championships in Bergen, Norway.
“I want to put in a good performance, but I am not certain I have completely recovered from the efforts at Worlds since the days pass very quickly. What is certain is that I want to work 100% for the guys, and put myself at the service of the team.”
The Tour de Vendée begins on Sunday and will therefore take place nine days after his victory. Cosnefroy spoke about his success and what has happened since. “This past week I have had a completely crazy time. I did go to Bergen with the intention of winning, but I still have struggled to realize that I actually succeeded,” the 21-year-old Frenchman said said.
“Since then, everything has seemed more intense to me. I didn’t expect a win at the U23 Worlds would have triggered so much reaction, goodwill and attention.
“When I watch a replay of the final, I feel more stress than I felt when I was actually racing. On the bike, it all came naturally. I managed myself well at the end of the race, and I did what had to be done.”