Present on today’s stage of the Tour de France, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron wanted to salute the performance of the French, who are struggling to shine this year.
French runners are in the spotlight. In sight this Thursday during the day’s stage between Pau and Luz Ardiden, failing to win, the French riders received congratulations from Emmanuel Macron, present on the roads of the Grande Boucle this Thursday. The President of the Republic congratulated the attackers of the day, who “strongly animated this stage”. “They relaunched constantly. When I joined the Tour in Sainte-Marie, Julian (Alaphilippe) was in the lead. I congratulated him because he has a lot of heart. He had the yellow jersey at the start and he still has attacked today. Two years ago, I gave him the yellow jersey on the collar (of Tourmalet, Editor’s note), “he told the microphone of France 2.
“I can’t wait to see them on the first step”
The President of the Republic also congratulated the other riders, in particular “David Gaudu and the local of the stage, Bruno Armirail. We have combative French people, who have heart and who have climbed to the general for some. Guillaume Martin wins a place today. It’s a good sign, I can’t wait to see them on the first step of the podium. “
The first Frenchman of the stage, Guillaume Martin, finished in 12th place, 45 seconds behind Tadej Pogacar, winner this Thursday at Luz Ardiden. Present in today’s breakaway, David Gaudu and Julian Alaphilippe finished 19th (at 2’50 “) and 78th (19’54”) respectively. The world champion will now don the model teammate’s tunic for Mark Cavendish, who will be looking for a 35th Tour victory this Friday in Libourne, where the riders will put their bags down after a long stage of 207 kilometers at the start of Mourenx.