Giro: Démare equals Hinault by winning a 4th stage victory!

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Start power four! In Rimini, on the shores of the Adriatic, Arnaud Démare, the sprinter of Groupama-FDJ, 29 years old, has achieved the feat of winning the 11th stage of the Giro. His fourth since the start on October 3, ahead of Peter Sagan. Unheard of for a French runner for 38 years and a certain Bernard Hinault.

“It’s impressive what we do with the young people of the team, relishes the French champion. We were a little overwhelmed at the entrance to the city and we went back up turn after turn. It was hot ! It’s great. We came for stage victories but at that point, I didn’t think so. Work pays and we reap the rewards. “

In a completely baroque year, the Beauvaisien holds the form of his life and signs his 14th victory since August. A series of performances which has its source in a new psychological approach born during confinement.

“What matters is freeing yourself in your head. The idea is just to know your strengths, recently confided the cyclamen jersey in our columns. Before, I was waiting for the right position and to emerge exactly 200m before the line. I was obsessed with it. In Italy, I made my effort in the 220m or 150m. I trusted my instincts. Now I don’t calculate anymore, I play. I no longer hold onto others. I do what I feel. All the difference is there. “

On its momentum, Picard can now chase another record, signed Mario Cipollini in 2002 (six stage victories). “Being first in the books is not a fixation,” he explains with humility. And then comparing the generations doesn’t mean anything. OK, we ride a bike but nothing compares. “

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