Coquard targets Giro d’Italia and Tour de France in 2015

French sprinter continues to develop

Bryan Coquard hopes to line-up in both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 2015. The 22-year-old from Saint Nazaire made his Tour debut this season and put in a number of spirited performances in the sprints. He finished in the top 10 of five occasions – three in the first four stages – and would eventually finish third overall in the race for the green jersey.

Currently competing at the Track World Cup in London, Coquard confirmed that his early season program me for 2015 will be based around a handful of road races as well the Track World Championships in the spring. Coquard was a junior World Champion in the Omnium on two occasions before turning professional with Europcar in 2013.

"Short term I'd like to race the track Worlds but next year on the road I think I want to do the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France," he told Cyclingnews.

"I rode this year's Tour and it was a good race for me overall. I think it's possible that I can go better next year with the changes they've made to the points jersey. The aim of course is to win a stage though," he added.

Coquard's road season will be based around Etoile de Bessèges, Bessèges – where he won two stages in 2014 – Paris-Nice, Catalunya and the Tour of Romandie. He will then take a short break before the Giro d’Italia in May.

Despite success on the road in 2014, Coquard stressed that learning his trade at WorldTour level was one of the most important aspects of his development.

"This year I learnt how difficult a big race like the Tour de France," he said. "Recuperation and recovery are really important. I'm small, and after the mountains I found just how important recovery was for sprinting. I feel stronger having done the Tour though."

Coquard's long-term plans are a long way off. Europcar are set to pull out of the team’s sponsorship at the end of 2015 but Coquard believes that the set-up is one where he can thrive at.

"I have a year left with the team but I'm happy here. I don't know after this one year though. At the moment we have, I think, a budget problem with the licence but I think that we'll be fine. The decision should be made in the coming week."

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