LIL­IAN CALME­JANE

DI­RECT ENERGIE

Procycling - - Debrief -

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.

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