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Roux returns to Groupama-FDJ

Anthony Roux (33) announced to L’Est Républicain that he was going to extend his contract for an additional season at Groupama-FDJ, where he arrived in 2007 as an intern.

Anthony Roux will indeed play a fourteenth professional season with Groupama-FDJ, a team where he arrived in 2007 as a trainee, when it was still called La Française des Jeux. The 33-year-old native of Verdun announced the news in the columns of L’Est Républicain this Friday, the same newspaper where he was worried a few days ago about not having any news and perhaps forced to retire. It is therefore the relief that prevails now. “It ended on Thursday. Marc (Madiot, the general manager of Groupama-FDJ training, editor’s note) offered me a year. It will allow me to continue and to prove more things to try, next year, to get more important contracts over time. During the season, the team had given me to understand that it would be good, eventually, for me to go elsewhere. I was not a priority. I am happy with this outcome. I had touches, but they were not concrete. The Covid-19 crisis made the situation very complicated for the teams. I am satisfied with the year I have had. It would have bothered me to quit under such conditions, knowing that I really feel physically and mentally. I still have a lot to give, I don’t want to stop there! »Confided the champion of France 2018 and winner of a stage of the Vuelta 2009.

Bonnet and Konovalovas also extended this week

Anthony Roux, who has not won since 2018 (a stage of the Tour du Limousin), ran 50 days during this very special 2020 season, and he signed three Top 10: 6th in the French time trial championships, 9th in the French road racing championships, and ninth in the Bretagne Classic. This extension has not yet been formalized by Groupama-FDJ, but it will not be long in coming. On Wednesday, it was William Bonnet (38, present in the team since 2011) and Ignatas Konovalovas (soon 35, arrived in 2016), who signed a new lease for 2021.