Théo Delacroix will make his debut with the professionals next Saturday. The French U23 champion will pin his first bib numbers on his new Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans jersey on the 1st of August, the first day of his professional contract. The 21 year old is eager to join the pro peloton, which he discovered last summer during his period as a trainee. At this moment, the French rider is in the Alps for the recon of the Tour de l'Avenir, a race in which he will participate with the national team.
The rider from the Jura region met his new teammates during two training camps in Belgium, before heading towards the foot of the Pyrenees for his debut at the Route d’Occitanie (1-4/08), with Jérémy Bellicaud, Aimé De Gendt, Odd Eiking, Alexander Evans, Andrea Pasqualon and Simone Petilli.
The resident from Franche-Compté and member of our development team CC Etupes will continue the racing at the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge (6/08), before joining the French national team for the Tour de l’Avenir (14-19/08) and the European Championships.
Théo Delacroix :
« I'm looking forward to make my debut with the team, altough I'm no stranger to the environment since I joined the team last summer as a trainee and this season for all collective training camps. This season will be short and intense, but I'm ready. Certainly, In France we had to train on the rollers for two months, but three months ago we were allowed to go out again and this should be sufficient. »
« During the training camps in Belgium, in the Ardennes in particular, I learned that my shape was good. We did a lot of qualitative work on the steep relief and in a pleasant environment, which I only knew from Liège-Bastogne-Liège U23. I'm eager to pin my first bib numbers on Saturday! »
« The level of this Route d’Occitanie will be very high, I will learn immediately where I'm situated. I'm ready to work for my leaders, so the team can achieve good results from the restart. I also want to sharpen my condition, why not by joining a breakaway? The succession of five race days, with the Mont Ventoux, will enable me to get the race rhythm back soon! »
« The frustration about not being able to enjoy my U23 champion's jersey is already processed. It's an extra motivation to shine at the Tour de l'Avenir, with the names of the partners of Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans on my chest. Each rider of our collective will have the permission to play his own cards, without having to work for a leader. The stages in the Jura might suit me, but I'll try to grab each opportunity on my path. »