The St Michel Auber 93 team (Continental, 3rd pro division) has completed its recruitment with the signing of sprinter Romain Cardis (28), professional since 2016 in the Total-Direct Énergie team. A nice stroke after the arrival of Jason Tesson, the 2020 French amateur champion. Three weeks ago, Romain Cardis was still competing in the Tour of Flanders, an event he has run several times like Paris-Roubaix. On September 20, the rider from Angers took 2nd place in the GP d’Isbergues behind Nacer Bouhanni (Arkea). Interview with a vengeful runner.
Going from Total Direct-Energie where you could participate in the biggest events on the calendar to a 3rd division team, isn’t that a regression?
ROMAIN CARDIS. I don’t take it that way. We will say that I move back to better bounce back. Sometimes it can be good to go down a little level. It’s a year that will allow me to rediscover the pleasure and to play my personal card more. The Total-Direct Énergie team told me at the beginning of September that my contract would certainly not be renewed. I was asked to wait until the end of November. But I didn’t want to take the risk. The situation is difficult with teams that stop. I preferred to choose safety with St Michel-Auber 93 which is a very good team.
Between your amateur and professional years, you spent 8 years in the structure of Jean-René Bernaudeau. Were you disappointed not to be retained?
Yes and no. I competed in the Vuelta in my first pro year, then I won a great stage in the Tour de Wallonie in 2018. But the following seasons were more complicated. The team didn’t necessarily trust me. I worked a lot for the other sprinters, Bonifazio, Boudat, Manzin without having much luck. I haven’t lost my confidence or my speed. My 2nd place at the GP d’Isbergues showed that I was still there. But I must find my automatisms.
At St Michel Auber 93, you will therefore have more responsibilities …
I arrive as a protected leader in some races. It’s gonna be another way to run. I like having to take my responsibilities. I will be able to run more in France, not too far from home. With the Coupe de France events and stage races such as the Boucles de la Mayenne or the Circuit de la Sarthe, there will be plenty to do. I hope to win again.
Did Tony Hurel, whom you met at Direct Énergie, play a role in your coming?
Yes, completely. He was the one who put me in contact with Stéphane Javalet. He told me a lot about the team, the atmosphere. The human side also attracted me. At Total Direct-Energie, we were 25 runners. At Auber, there are ten of us. So we’re going to run more together and create more links. I needed that too.
You were born in Melun and you signed for a Ile-de-France team …
It’s a homecoming (laughs). My family is from Maine-et-Loire but had come to work in the Paris region. We stayed there until I was ten. But I started cycling in a club in Seine-et-Marne, the Pédale Combs-la-Ville for three years. I even won an event called the Mini-tour de Seine-et-Marne. These are cool memories.
THE LATEST ON THE ST MICHEL- AUBER 93 TEAM
They arrive : Romain Cardis (Total Direct-Energie), Jason Tesson (Sojasun Espoirs, DN1 amateur).
They leave : Bryan Alaphilippe and Baptiste Constantin (UV Nantes, DN1 amateur).
They stay : Baptiste Bleier, Adrien Guillonnet, Tony Hurel, Louis Louvet, Anthony Maldonado, Flavien Maurelet, Yoann Paillot, Morne Van Niekerk
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