The Coupe de France, with Arkea-Samson leading the team’s classification, resumes this weekend in Brittany. The GP de Plumelec on Saturday and the Boucles de l’Aulne in Chateaulin on Sunday will see Warren Barguil resume competition two months after a crash in the last stage of the Tour of Catalunya.
Warren, you are back two months after a crash in the last stage of the Tour of Catalunya. How are you ?
I’m good. I’ve had a difficult period in March with a crash in Paris-Nice and another in Catalunya but I know a career is made of ups and downs. I’m getting used to dealing with the bad moments to get ready for what’s coming next. I had invested a lot to be performant for Paris-Nice and I lost everything in a crash. I would have loved to see how I would have been in the Col du Turini, especially since I had a good start to the season. Instead I ended up on a hospital bed with a neck injury. That night a lot went through my mind but on the morning the diagnosis was better and I was already missing riding my bike
What did you learn from that period ?
I want to leave the negative behind me and focus on the positive. I live from my passion. I don’t see training as an obligation and I am fully aware that I am lucky. I make a lot of sacrifices, I train hard but I am happy I’m doing this. I’m 27 and these are the most beautiful years of my career and I have a lot of dreams still.
What are your objectives this weekend?
After a long period without riding it’s hard to assess your level, I can only say that I am very motivated and very happy to resume at home. I am lucky enough to be able to race with a team from Brittany in Brittany. I’m mad about cycling, I watch all the races and I’m very impatient to pin that number on my back. I can’t wait to see how I fare. The team trust me, I know that we can move last the bad times if we do well in the coming months. And it starts with a good weekend here. A coupe de France event at home is obviously an objective.