Noidans-lès-Vesoul. For Frédéric Vichot, “the loop is full”

His industrial breakaway ends just like the one concluded, victorious, in Toulouse on July 15, 1985. That day, Frédéric Vichot ends, with the power of the calves, a solitary raid that solely biking presents. In adversity, alone towards all, a single man leaves for 207 km of solitary breakaway towards a pack, the peloton, on his heels. It is among the longest victorious solo breakaways of the Grande Boucle. The Haut-Saônois, 26 years previous on the time, signed top-of-the-line victories of his profession on this Tour 85, beating the peloton by 3 minutes. That is his second stage success on the Grande Boucle after that of Grenoble in 1984.

Laurent Fignon, his roommate

Ten days in the past, as an emblem, “Fred” went again to Toulouse to repeat the stage by bike, 37 years later, a number of hairs much less, a number of further kilos. The industrial bike owner, regardless of his 63 years on the clock, stays sharp. For the reason that finish of his profession, he has traveled 10,000 km a 12 months for pleasure. “I’m vaccinated by bike”, he says. This stage Aurillac – Toulouse, the Haut-Saônois made it as a result of he participated with the signal “Tradition vélo” in a bunch assembly: “It was the chance to shut the loop”, picture the Vésulien who accomplished the stage in two phases. As soon as 160 km, as soon as 87 km. “I had a number of flashes that jogged my memory of this stage after I had been within the digital yellow jersey. For the remaining, all the things has modified”, he explains from the counter of “his” now ex-bike store.

Since September 30, the Franc-Comtois is formally not the supervisor of the cycle retailer “Tradition Vélo – Frédéric Vichot” after having bought it to Romain Diani, a specialist in mountain biking and enduro. “Fred” ensures the transition in November, a handover as Vichot knew find out how to do when he was driving for his leaders. Laurent Fignon was one.

With Mottet and the beginnings of Virenque

“I shared the identical room as Laurent Fignon after we have been within the Joinville battalion. I additionally labored for Luc Leblanc, I rode with Mottet (Charly) and knew the beginnings of Richard Virenque”. An entire rider, the Vésulien stopped his profession in 1992, accomplished his final Tour de France in 1989 with an honorable twentieth place and a stage victory within the Vuelta (Tour of Spain). A French future winner of the Tour de France? “I do not see any for the time being,” replies the fanatic of the Little Queen.

After a time on the lookout for his profession change, first within the route of a crew then in nationwide training, the bike owner discovered his manner in commerce by opening his first bike store in 1997 which he then grew. to turn into a reference amongst couriers.

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“Firm life is like using a bicycle, it is an on a regular basis battle. I rode a motorbike to not earn cash, it wasn’t my driving drive, however for ardour. It was the identical for my retailer: what I did, I wished to do it properly”, assures the vendor who was additionally a tester. The Haut-Saônois has counted: since its beginnings, it has traveled 900,000 km. With retirement, he intends to rapidly attain the million. Good street.


The client needs to “steadiness with mountain biking”

He labored in promoting between Paris and Belgium. Right here he’s in Vesoul, in retraining. Romain Diani is the brand new supervisor of the “Tradition vélo” retailer in Noidans-lès-Vesoul. A specialist in enduro and mountain biking, he launched into a brand new skilled life… which can also be his ardour, biking. “I am not going to revolutionize the shop! he says immediately. “The concept is to maintain the work carried out by Fred. I simply need to rebalance between the street half and the mountain bike half”. He continues with the manufacturers Trek, Scott, Lapierre, Mustache. 4 workers work on this open area from Tuesday to Saturday.

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