Coquard smiling again as he joins Vital Concept for first training camp

Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie)

Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

There can't be many professional cyclists looking forward to saying goodbye to 2017 more than Bryan Coquard. The Frenchman endured a bitter split from the Direct Energie team, in which he was prevented from riding the Tour de France, but this week he was able to start looking ahead to 2018 as he linked up with his new Vital Concept team for the first time – an experience he likened to 'the first day back at school'.

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