Cycling: The French team TotalEnergies cannot be satisfied with the results of the 2023 season. As in the previous year, the big names were unable to achieve the desired success. Now we have finally decided to initiate a long-needed change.
TotalEnergies only has 2023 wins this season in 8
French fans have high expectations of their teams. TotalEnergies definitely did not meet these last season. With only eight wins this season, they are one of the least successful teams in all of professional cycling - even though the squad has many big names in it. Ensures the biggest victory of the year Geoffrey Soupe At the beginning of September, when he completely unexpectedly won a section of the Vuelta a Espana. The 35-year-old Frenchman also secured overall victory at the Tropicale Amissa Bongo. Valentine Ferron triumphed in the one-day race Paris – Camembert. But others ensured a large media presence at the Tour de France. Pierre Latour and Mathieu Burgaudeau took second place in each stage of the Grand Boucle. The biggest leap in development was achieved Steff Cras. The Belgian came eleventh overall at the Vuelta a Espana. At the Tour de France he was well on his way to making it into the top ten before a crash forced him to retire.
2024: Separated from legacy issues
It is certainly not appropriate to speak of a legacy when it comes to a three-time world champion. But what Peter Sagan What he has delivered in purely sporting terms over the past three years is not worthy of a former world champion. At 33 years old, the Slovakian is not so old that he can no longer keep up physically. The fire for road cycling seems to have simply gone out in him. Ultimately, it should be positive for TotalEnergies that Sagan will no longer be part of the team in 2024. In general, the squad is being significantly rejuvenated. Also Jeremy Cabot (32) Edvald Boasson Hagen (36) Daniel Oss (36) Victor de la Parte (37) and Maciej Bodnar (38) leave the team. The departures are particularly worth mentioning because they create space for a change. New to the team are: Jordan Jegat (24) Thomas Gachignard (23) Lucas Boniface (23) and Baptiste Vadic (21) four young French people who have not yet been able to attract attention in professional cycling.