Madouas on Tour de France debut: There's pressure but we have an objective

Groupama-FDJ’s Valentin Madouas finished 13th overall on his Grand Tour debut at the 2019 Giro d'Italia
Groupama-FDJ’s Valentin Madouas finished 13th overall on his Grand Tour debut at the 2019 Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Although Groupama-FDJ's full eight-rider line-up for this year's Tour de France has yet to be announced, Valentin Madouas has talked about his excitement at having already been selected for his Tour debut, during which he'll ride for team leader and GC contender Thibaut Pinot. It will be the second Grand Tour of his career for Madouas, having finished 13th overall at his first Giro d'Italia last season.

"It's obviously a special emotion when you know that you're going to participate in the most beautiful race in the world," 23-year-old Madouas said on his team's website on Sunday. "In the back of my mind, I thought I would do the Tour at least once in my career, so it's a little recognition, and it makes me feel good.

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