Hailing from the Cote de Granit Rose in the Cotes d’Armor, Alan Riou is a pure ‘Breton’. He broke into the limelight when he took fourth place in a sprint finish at the 2013 championnats de France de l’Avenir in Albi, the same year Elie Gesbert claimed a double in the juniors events. Both started in the same club, the Team du Pays de Dinan. Alan joined our Bretagne Formation club last year. In 2017, he finished third in the Grand Prix d’Isbergues, bagging precious points to help the team win the Coupe de France. Last year, he won more than 10 amateur races and won on the Tour de l’Avenir. He started 2019 as a professional in our team with a strong desire to learn alongside the big guns and perform quickly.
WHO GOT YOU INTO CYCLING?
My dad who used to ride the amateurs ranks, as well as Christophe Le Mevel, who is a friend we used to go see on the Tour de France when I was younger.
YOUR FIRST BIKE ?
An aluminium Giant Cadex
YOUR BEST MEMORY FROM 2018 ?
My stage win in the Tour de l’Avenir as well as the four days spent wearing the overall leader’s jersey
WHAT HAS MADE THE GREATEST IMPRESSION ON YOU IN CYCLING, FROM ANY PERIOD?
Maybe Andre’s (Grepeil) calves !
WHAT DO YOU MOST LIKE ABOUT YOUR PROFESSION?
The feeling of freedom during the training rides as I enjoy the view and discover new countries
WHAT HAS CYCLING BROUGHT TO YOU AS A PERSON?
Meeting people and the fact that you have got to work hard to succeed
YOUR FAVOURITE RACE?
The Tro bro Leon
YOUR CLOSEST FRIEND IN CYCLING ?
Lomig Le Clech with whom I often train
IF YOU WEREN’T A PRO RIDER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE DOING?
I would probably have a job in the industry or construction business
YOUR INTERESTS OUTSIDE OF CYCLING ?
Water sports : paddle, bodyboard, surf… and cinema
FAVOURITE SINGER OR BAND ?
I like the rock from the 1980s and 1990s and reggae a lot
VIDEO GAME, BOOK ?
Harry Potter and Eragon, I loved those books.
FAVOURITE MOVIE ?
La folle histoire de Max & Leon
MOST FAMOUS PERSON IN YOUR PHONE BOOK ?
Christophe Le Mevel
YOUR FAVOURITE MEAL ?
YOUR CAREER WILL HAVE BEEN A SUCCESS IF…
…I enjoy myself all along and of course I can contribute to collective results and achieve personal feats as well
WHAT DOES BRITTANY MEAN TO YOU ?
The region close to my heart. The country side, the sea, the Monts d’Arree – three different places where I can train and unwind
YOUR FAVOURITE SPORTSPERSON ?