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specialgueststarspecialgueststar Posts: 3,334
edited July 2016 in Pro race
I had these two down as real upcoming talent (and reflected in an article at the time - Bientôt un crack Française? (Soon a French champ?) ) Sicard was u 23 rr champion and won the Avenir that year (2009). They both did well at the Dauphin 2010 and Coppel went onto 13th in the Tour in 2011. Both look comfortable in the high mountains and Coppel is a good against the clock. Coming out the pharma era I thought they could only get better - however both seemed to have settled down into some level of mediocrity??


  • CrampeurCrampeur Posts: 1,065
    It seems to be a perennial problem for a lots of U23s. The perform fantastically at that level, then it all goes downhill when they reach WT. It would be interesting to see why....lack of motivation? Better competition?
  • Sicard was very active and looking perky in the Etoile de Besseges 4th stage for Europcar. Hopefully he finds himself as he has definitely disappointed. ... HcXRjvOGyY
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,521
    Sicard seemed to have some issues with alcohol - maybe it's behind him now or maybe it was just a one-off. He's also been injured.

    Coppel seems to be a classic case of a French rider getting some good results and then slipping into a comfortable no pressure career (what Wiggins described as 'doing two years at each of the teams and then retiring') - a product of the French cycling being overindulged by the ASO.
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  • knedlickyknedlicky Posts: 3,097
    Sicard seems to have regularly had some sort of leg problems (and, despite RichN95’s above comment, I don’t mean ‘legless’ in its colloquial sense!)

    Coppel seems to lack that bit of drive and confidence – one of the reasons he left Saur-Sojasun and went to Cofidis was that he felt uncomfortable being the sole team leader at S-S.

    He might have done better in the Tour last year, however, had he not crashed on the first stage, and then took 2 weeks to recover (and it wasn’t the first time he’s crashed early on in a stage race, limiting how he does thereafter, either)
  • Sicard and Coppel having a good season - at last :)
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  • takethehighroadtakethehighroad Posts: 5,786
    Still stuck at 30,000 eh?
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  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    Surprised Coppel hasn't been picked up by fdj. French, decent TT and had spoken for some time of wanting to ride as support for a team leader.
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  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    Sicard is responsible for one of my fave ever Frenchie moments on the forum. I think it was prologue of Paris-Nice, and he let out a mighty "SIIIICCCCCCARD" when he started. 10 minutes later he'd had an absolutely howler of a ride.
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