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World Championships – Christophe Laporte, silver medalist, the nice surprise of the French team

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World Championships – Christophe Laporte, silver medalist, the nice surprise of the French team
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What a season for Christophe Laporte! If anyone suspected in September 2021 that he would be a silver medalist of a world championship a year later and that nobody would find anything to complain about, we want to listen to his other predictions for the near future of the cycling. A defector from Cofidis, the Varois was transformed by the Jumbo-Visma to the point of standing up to the best riders in the world in an incredible final in the first sense of the term.

We knew it, with a Julian Alaphilippe less strong than the two previous years after a difficult year and yet another fall on the Vuelta, the French team had several cards. Reasonably, the quartet of leaders could be summed up with the double world champion of course and Benoît Cosnefroy, Valentin Madouas and Christophe Laporte. This one in a different role from the other three: “I had an instruction, to be discreet, to try to follow, to pass as close as possible to the best at the top of the bump. She was a bit difficult for me. I had to hang on and try to get for a place.”

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A role he held to perfection, never being let go of the bulk of the peloton, a moving entity according to each other’s race strategies. If we saw Sivakov, Armirail, Bardet, Pacher and Sénéchal at the front or even Cosnefroy, Madouas or Alaphilippe responding to attacks at the head of the peloton, he never, or almost, moved an ear. He took it well since he was the one who pulled the chestnuts out of the fire for the last crazy kilometers.

We didn’t really expect it (to come back to the breakaways, editor’s note)“, points out Laporte. And for good reason! In the last ten kilometers, the gap with the pursuers of Remco Evenepoel seemed impossible to fill. But they looked at each other to the point of absurdity, allowing the “big guys” to come back. What a Thomas Voeckler hailed who admitted that he no longer believed in it, unlike his flock.It was a really weird ending. We came back very quickly on the last lap. When I crossed the line, I didn’t really know where I was“, assures Laporte.

Laporte: “I didn’t know where I was when I crossed the line”

It was for the very honorary title of vice-world champion that he sprinted, and in what way. Behind him, if Michael Matthews is adorned with bronze, the list of beaten has a sacred pedigree: Van Aert, Trentin, Kristoff, Sagan or even Bettiol. “We wanted to play on several levels, I did my best and in the end it was a silver medal, I’m happy“, says the man of the day for the Blues again. The Laporte of 2021 would probably never have had enough confidence in him to imagine himself on the world podium. Beyond the physical, his transformation is also, and above all , mental.

A season at the top

This new excellent result confirms its rise to power in a stunning 2022. Winner of a stage in Paris-Nice, 2nd in E3 and Ghent-Wevelgem, winner of a stage in the Tour de France and that of Denmark, Laporte has definitely entered the big leagues. It is no coincidence that the Jumbo-Visma took him for the Tour de France operation, no coincidence either that Thomas Voeckler made him an important rider in his system, still not one, well, if his teammates pulled out this Sunday to bring him back.

I’m still very happyhe concludes. We came for the rainbow jersey, we won it the last two years but I think we can be satisfied with this silver medal. If we had been told that one lap from the finish, we would have signed. . And if he had been told a year ago that he would be a world silver medalist, would he have done the same? Probably.

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