Slowed by a lung infection, the Chicoutimien Antoine Duchesne took over the collar this week at the Criterium du Dauphine, French competition inscribed on the World Tour of the International Cycling Union.
“I was really sick after the Tour of California. I finished antibiotic treatment on Tuesday. I could only run half past one or two hours a day for two weeks, “Duchesne listed Sportcom Monday after the first stage, where he helped his teammate Tony Hurel Direct Energy, to earn seventh place. The Chicoutimien was delayed a minute, good for 148 th place.
“I had big problems throat, breathing, I have a fever,” Duchesne told his virus, which requested an intensive three-day cure. “It was a shock treatment,” he acknowledged.
Duchesne was back in the Sunday competition for the prologue which surrendered in the bath quickly. “It was against the clock four kilometers in a bump with ramps to almost 20% in some places,” said he observed.
“Yesterday (Sunday), it was a very violent effort,” said Duchesne, who is ranked 112th, down from 2 minutes and 7 seconds on the winner.
Monday, his mission was to accompany Tony Hurel to the head. “I took care of him trying to place it. I did my best, it was really successful in placing the four kilometers to go in the roundabout. I did not have the greatest legs, but I managed to place well. After he managed really great and took out a beautiful sprint, “he said, pleased with his day’s work.
“I felt I was lacking a bit, but health was there. Normally the course of the week, it should get better and better. When the legs are free, I’ll be opening enough, I think, to try to go forward, “mentioned Duchesne.
The French Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) won the sprint at the end of the 186 kilometer race between Cluses and Saint-Vulbas. No fewer than 128 other riders were credited with the same time as him, is a time of 4 h 27 m 53 s. Among them, the Spaniard Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), 49th, who retained the leader’s jersey.
On Tuesday, the second stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné link Creches-sur-Saone and Chalmazel-Jeansagnière on a long 168-kilometer route with four passes, including a conclusion.