Franck Bonnamour : « C’est un beau soulagement » - Actualité

Franck Bonnamour : « C’est un beau soulagement » – Actualité


It will therefore have been necessary to wait until August 14 to see the first victory of the B&B Hôtels-KTM in a European Class 1 event this season. In the Norman rain, he is one of the strong men of the “Ice Men”Franck Bonnamour, who brought this long-awaited success to Jérôme Pineau’s training on the Polynormande (1.1), at the end of a last kilometer where he first had to have strong nerves, before letting his strength and his tip speak of speed in a small committee sprint (see ranking). The Breton thus offers his very first success among professionals, at 27 years old. “I had been looking for a win for a while. Last year, I really didn’t go far. That’s what I had been missing. This year, conversely, I had a rather mediocre season with a lot of worries and health problems. And I manage to win… I’m very happy. Of course, there were a lot of doubts. It was not ideal. But I managed to stay motivated and focused, to do the job well, hoping to have better feelings and that was the case here at Poly”rejoices the winner with DirectBikea few minutes after finishing.


While the ProTeam had only won three successes since the start of the season so far – a stage of the Tour of Rwanda then two stages on the Alpes Isère Tour in Class 2 -, this day in Normandy will necessarily remain for a while. scoring of the season for the team. “Of course, for us it is something important. Coupe de France rounds like this are very important for our sponsors and for the whole team. It’s a nice relief after a complicated start to the season. We had already raised the bar on the Tour de France. Now, I hope we will have a good end to the season”. From a personal point of view, Franck Bonnamour had promised himself to slam one in 2022. This promise, he had also made it to the staff of the Breton collective. “This year, bringing at least one victory for the team was the objective that I had announced to the management. It is now a goal achieved”.

With this success, he also assumes his status as the strong man of the group, which must carry the team upwards, as he did this Sunday. “It’s true that this winter, things have changed a lot for me, he analyzes, referring to his new status as leader. I have a new role and I want to take it on. I don’t want to hide. When I wasn’t well at the start of the season, I didn’t try to find excuses. I questioned myself and it works today”.


To win in Saint-Martin-de-Landelles (Manche), where the French Championships of the Future were held this week, Franck Bonnamour was offensive. As he had planned. “It was a lot of fights at the start of the race. In general, on the Poly, a breakaway comes out before the circuit but this was not the case. With these conditions, there were quite a few breaks on each descent, each bend… I always forced myself to stay well placed so as not to miss the right one because here, the breakaway often goes to the end. And I took the maid with Alexis Gougeard. To two of the team in front, it was ideal”.

Then he held on until the end despite the accelerations of the recent winner of the Tour de l’Ain. “We always got along well. Guillaume Martin was climbing all the bumps really hard, I think it was the strongest today (Sunday). He was above. I cooperated as much as possible. I really hung on, hard, to switch over the last bump but the rest of the time, I was doing my job. I’ve always believed in escape. I knew it wasn’t easy for the riders in the peloton either. I heard that teams like Lotto were also losing elements”. Before, therefore, settling the last elements of the sprint breakaway. “In the last kilometer, of course, we looked at each other because we knew that we had a little bit of a margin on the peloton. It was a cool sprint after a really intense race. Generally, I do well in these conditions, in the rain”. Place now in the Tour du Limousin then in the Bretagne Classic. “I am motivated for this sequence. I really didn’t want to unplug too much after the Tour to quickly get back on the road”. And there is no doubt that after this success, he will be able to run more freely.

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