Cyclosport: Antoine Boudsocq shines at home for Roannais

Antoine Boudsocq is not used to cycling. But the 22-year-old athlete, licensed with Grenoble Métropole Cyclisme 38, has only been able to compete in three road races since the start of the current season, blamed on a physical problem that arose in January. So, after recovering from the beast’s hair, he decided to have some fun last weekend by taking part in one of the most famous cyclosportives on the calendar: the Maurienne Trilogy. Until residence. Holding the key to near-complete success, as in three days of racing, he pushed his way first on the climb of the Madeleine before taking 2nd place the following two days, taking the series of the Telegraph and the Galibier and the following day a very difficult encounter with the Col de la Croix-de-Fer and a finish at La Toussuire. Only that! Enough to put him back on track, both physically and mentally, before he gets back to serious work on the amateur calendar this weekend, at the Tour du Pays Roannais. Interview with the Savoy.

DirectVelo: You distinguished yourself in the Maurienne Trilogy last weekend! What did you do on this famous cyclosportive?
Antoine Boudsocq: I am still a 1st category runner in Grenoble, but the problem is that I had windshield wiper syndrome in January. I had stopped completely, I couldn’t ride once for three months, when I planned to do a full season, at the Elites, at the club. Unfortunately, under these circumstances, that was of course not possible. I started again in the spring, intermittently at first and still in pain. I had to wait until June 5 to return to the competition, in the championship Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, which is of course super late. Now I hope everything is behind me and I intend to do a normal second part of the season with the club by tying together many more leagues. In the meantime, to get back into it, I decided to participate in this cyclosportive because it was at home. I live in the area. The first of the three days of racing passed even in front of my gate (smile). It was a chance to combine a great workout and the fun part.

So you used this cyclosportive in preparation for the upcoming events!
I’m going to the Tour du Pays Roannais this weekend. It’s a very good game, too close to home there. And these three days of “race” in the Maurienne inevitably helped me get back into it. I’m from Montvernier so it was really a chance to discover this beautiful cyclo with passes I know by heart. I could work in the passes, which is good.


What can you tell us about this Maurienne trilogy, you who know Savoye perfectly?
It is a cyclosportive that has the particularity of being contested over three days, which is very rare. It is one of the most famous in France, there are many people at the beginning. We climb the most legendary passes in the region such as the Madeleine or the Galibier. It is really a great pleasure, we take full eyes. Mainly because the weather was nice, apart from Friday when we had a bit of rain in the Madeleine. Everything else was easy for me. I was five minutes away from home so I had no questions about accommodation in between each day (smile). It was super convenient.

How did you feel about the setback at the event?
Frankly, I thought there was still level. Those who come here are necessarily pure climbers accustomed to this kind of effort. I’ve seen enough specialists. It obviously doesn’t work like it does in Elite. I felt most guys don’t like jerks. Everyone tries to keep up their pace. It’s uphill, but it’s still tough because there are very tough guys out there. It’s every man for himself, so we do it the way we want, there are no team tactics. Everything really goes by pedal.


You have found the time and desire to immerse yourself in this cyclosportive universe, even if you have a very busy schedule…
I work in construction, which I don’t think is very common for a cyclist (laughs). I work in the fields of energy, heating, air and water treatment. I’ve been doing maintenance and troubleshooting on sites for four years. I’m full-time, so I might as well say it’s not easy cycling in competition and working 35 hours a week in construction. In the summer it’s still fine, because I try to drive for an hour and a half straight after work. But winter is more complicated. I do everything on the exercise bike. In any case, I have to be satisfied with eight to twelve hours of training a week. It’s very light, but I’m starting to get to know myself well and I’m starting to get used to it.

Can you be ambitious for the end of the season under these circumstances?
I hope to get a few runners-up. I made it last year (6th stage on the 4 Days of As-en-Provence – photo below –14th in the GP of Varennes-sur-Allier or even 8th in the Mémorial d’Automne de Chasseneuil – CDF N3 – at the end of the season, editor’s note)† It made me happy, I saw that it was possible. I don’t know if I’ll be able to keep this up for long, because it’s taking a long time. But as long as I enjoy it, and as long as it works, I will.