When he triumphed at Station des Rousses in the Tour de France, Direct Energie’s young French hope became the first ProConti rider to win a stage of the world’s biggest race for two years. Though the stage was won from the break, there was nothing easy about the win – Calmejane was up against world class rivals (the runner-up was multiple grand tour top 10 finisher Robert Gesink) and the peloton was never far behind.
It’s been a breakout year. Calmejane has won three stage races – Bessèges, Coppi e Bartali and Sarthe, all grippy events which don’t suit a particular skill set, other than an ability to fight on rolling roads for a week at a time. That said, it’s uncertain whether he’ll evolve into a GC rider, or if he does, it will more likely be in the middling stage races like Paris-Nice than the high mountains of the Tour.
Direct Energie know they have a gem – a member of team staff told Procycling at the start of the year that the only challenge was holding him back.
Bouhanni: still awaiting his big breakthrough at the Tour de France