Voeckler to be named coach of French national team

Road Cycling

Retired pro Thomas Voeckler will take over the job as head coach of the French national road team from Cyrille Guimard starting in 2020, according to a report on LeDauphine.com on Saturday. 

Voeckler will join Guimard, who took the job in 2017, for the UCI Road World Championships in Yorkshire this year and then take over completely ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and the world championships in Aigle-Martigny, Switzerland.

Voeckler declined to comment for Cyclism’Actu, telling the French website that he would wait until after the official press conference at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. That announcement is expected before the start of the French road race championships in Hague-Fouassière.

Voeckler raced for 17 years as a pro, starting in 2000 with the Bonjour team of Jean-René Bernaudeau, and spent his entire career racing for Bernaudeau’s teams. Known for his aggressive racing and his animated facial expressions while attacking on the bike, Voeckler twice wore the yellow jersey at the Tour de France for a total of 10 days.

Voeckler scored 44 wins in his pro career, including four stages at the Tour de France, as well as the GP Ouest France, the GP Cycliste de Quebec and a stage and the overall at the Tour de Yorkshire in 2016. 

Since retiring in 2017, Voeckler has been training in management at the Centre of Sports Law and Economics [CDES] in Limoges, according to LeDauphine.com.

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