Pierrick Fédrigo admitted he joined FDJ in search new goals and extra motivation after six years with Bouygues Telecom.
Fedrigo won a stage at the Tour de France and the Criterium International race in 2010 and is widely considered one of the most talented French riders in the peloton. He is also nicknamed "le nez de Marmande" for his protruding nose.
“I was stuck in a routine, and I wanted to try something else. I needed to move forward," Fedrigo told L’Equipe after the team’s official presentation in Paris on Tuesday. The team failed to secure ProTour status for 2011 but team manager Marc Madiot is confident the team will ride most of the races on the WorldTour calendar.
“FDJ has great potential, and I want more moments like the ones I had at Bouygues Telecom. We’ll try to show that we can win some good races. We want to get a place back among the best, in the first division. It is important to us and for the sponsor.”
Fedrigo named Paris-Nice as his first goal of the 2011 season but hopes he and can FDJ can be successful throughout the season.
“The first major objective is Paris-Nice. Before that, the important thing is to create a cohesive team that wants to win. The Tour de France remains one of the big goals of the season but we also have make our presence felt in other races such as the classics and the Coupe de France series. We’ve got to be consistent throughout the season.”
“There will be some pressure on me, but hopefully I can help the young riders and show them how to win races. In the peloton, people know me and know that I’m not difficult to live with. I noticed we all got on well during the training camps both on and off the bike.”