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"I really wanted to win.  A plus was the Degenkolb defeat because "he is one of the best sprinters in the world, a true reference. The proof is that when you have confidence, you can beat anyone." 

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07.02.2014 @ 21:36 Posted by Joseph Doherty

Nacer Bouhanni won yesterday in the second stage of Etoile de Besseges and he hopes it will be the first of many expected wins for the French rider, after raising his arms 11 times in 2013. This year he looks at Paris-Nice and the Tour de France and claims that he has left nothing to chance.


Bouhanni not only earned his first win of the season but for FDJ French cycling team too. "Always a pleasure, though I found out at the time. It was Daniel Mangeas (the speaker) who told me on the podium. Thinking I was the last French rider to achieve victory last season in China," he says in an interview in L'Equipe.


The French sprinter said, "I really wanted to win. For the work that my teammates did the day before and that has not been rewarded for the six escapees made three kilometers less than us because of an error. But the commissioners have closed their eyes and did not admit the error. I was really upset for throwing all day for nothing. We took our revenge, "he explains. A plus was the Degenkolb defeat because "he is one of the best sprinters in the world, a true reference. The proof is that when you have confidence, you can beat anyone. "


Bouhanni is "especially motivated this season." "This winter, I've done the work. I've even added a stage on the track at Hyères to work on speed. I realize that 's really worth it. " And he also underwent surgery. "I had myopia of six tenths of one eye and the other seven. I sometimes had difficulty distinguishing the goal lines. I am a cyclist and it's my job. And he was willing to put everything on my part. This year, I will not go unturned, "he says.


Your goal is simply to "win as much as possible." " In particular, I want to respond at Paris- Nice. Last year, I stayed with the distaste of not finishing. I spent a day with the leader's jersey on his shoulders and fell next day. Finally, last year I finished with 11 wins. However between the Dauphiné and the Tour Poitou, he spent three months without doing any sprint "he recalls.


And his desire is to be in the Tour de France. " I'm not the boss. But obviously I want to be in the 2014 Tour and especially because it passes through the Vosges. Mar Madiot met us to say that could be two sprinters in the team at the start, one or none. There would be a big disappointment. But I'd rather not talk about it anymore Tour and prove myself on the ground. Get results and you're "ditch in the French sports daily.


Since 2010 at FDJ, the contract ends but prefers not to dwell on it. "I know it expires, but I prefer to abstract. I have not started this season by saying that I have the knife between his teeth. Only I have to respond with the legs on the road. I rarely speak, I act, "he says.




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