LEVEL PLAY­ING FIELD

Procycling - - Le Tour -

Bar­guil has al­ways pin­pointed Thibaut Pinot’s stage vic­tory in the Vos­ges in the 2012 Tour as the mo­ment when young French riders be­gan to feel that the play­ing ield was be­com­ing level. Six years on, he says, cy­cling is still mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion. “There had been a very tal­ented gen­er­a­tion be­fore then, but there was, maybe, a lot of dop­ing too,” Bar­guil says. “But cy­cling has paid its dues for its dop­ing past, and that’s why, now we can see more and more young riders win­ning races much ear­lier in their ca­reers. Pre­vi­ously, you needed ive or six years to start win­ning. Now, ev­ery­body knows how to train well, it’s all much more struc­tured, and cy­cling is be­com­ing much more ho­moge­nous, ev­ery­body’s ight­ing on a more sim­i­lar level.”

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