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En 2021, Benoît Cosnefroy avait joué le rôle d’équipier de luxe pour le futur champion du monde Julian Alaphilippe. Cette fois, concentré sur d’autres objectifs, le Manchois ne souhaite pas faire le voyage jusqu’en Australie pour porter le maillot de l’équipe de France.

Cycling. Why Benoit Gasnefroi won’t compete at the World Championships in Australia

In 2021, Benoit Gasnefroi played the role of luxury teammate to future world champion Julien Alaphilippe. This time around, Manchois doesn’t want to travel to Australia in a France jersey, focusing on other pursuits. (©AFP)

It’s official since then Tuesday, September 13, 2022 In the morning. Benoit Gasnefroi will not participate World Championship of Road cycling will be held on Sunday, September 25, 2022 On the circuit WollongongIn Australia.

Coach Thomas Vogler released a list of nine names the former UC kid didn’t add Quebec (Sleeve).

French elite men’s team

Julien Alaphilippe, Romain Bardet, Christophe Laporte, Valentin Madovas, Quentin Bacher, Florian Senechal, Pavel Sivakov, Rémi Cavagna, Bruno Armirile.

The news comes as no surprise as the Monchois runner has announced for weeks that he wants to make his turn this year.

He has already worn the blue jersey twice (2019 and 2021) at the World Cup. At the coronation ceremony Julian Alaphilip In Belgium, And Tokyo Olympics. One might have thought that his victory was – “The most beautiful of his life” -, on Friday, September 9 Quebec, in a world-class event, may have shuffled the cards. That is not the case.

“In a high-level game, you have to know how to make sometimes difficult decisions. »

In June, during the French championship, Benoit Gasnefroi warned Thomas Vogler not to travel to Australia, “a very expensive trip”, and to focus on other races at the end of the season.

A phone call from the coach on Saturday, September 10 didn’t change his mind. “He was very happy for me and brought back good memories of his victory in Quebec,” said the presidentAG2R-Citroen at Team. “We were in touch (for the worlds) but I had nothing to say. It was my choice not to participate, and I have my reasons for that. Thomas was ready to pick me a few weeks ago. But at a high level of play, you have to know how to make tough decisions sometimes. »

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Long haul and jet lag

It is clear that this is happening at the World Cup AustraliaA long flight and enduring jet lag was a deciding factor in Benoît Gausnefro’s decision.

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When asked about this on Monday, Thomas Vogler The 2017 U23 World Champion took note of the result. “Benoit warned me very early that he didn’t feel the blow this year. It’s true that he won this stunning victory in Quebec, he’s the highest rider in the world. But I don’t work with regrets. »

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