“Rock star” Cecily Otrop Ludwig got up, and FDJ started dreaming again

It is simple to say that his victory put his team in turmoil. “I purposely didn’t cry for the cameras“,”The dashboard is dead, I wrote a lot on it“,”We could activate the airbags“. to me Arrival in Epernai, Tuesday 26th July, staff FDJ- Suez- Futurescope was cheerful. to me A few hundred meters from the finish line Cecily Otrop Ludwig has just taken the lead on stage three, smiles wide as mine was cleared on Monday.

On the day after a nightmare day, marked especially by the abandonment of co-leader Marta Cavalli and the delay by Dane (more than a minute), the Tricolor Formation finds its colors. “We won this stage we knew with Cecily, and she is the best hitter in the world peloton,” explains Cedric Bree, sporting director of the FDJ. The FDJ plan has, in fact, been in place for several weeks, and has not been turned upside down by Cecilie Ludwig’s difficulties on the Muttene coast, about 20 kilometers from the finish. The Dane was able to recover to finish with a bang.

“We didn’t panic. We knew the last difficulty was going to be in dispute, and Cecily saved everything for that last bump. She knew exactly where to put a punch.”

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“We showed strong character traits. This victory is a great reaction.”. It’s also the perfect epitome of the dashing Dane who fell on a Monday before waking up in the cutest way Tuesday on the roads of Champaign.


“She’s a great, amazing girl. She’s a very cool heroine”, Estimated athletic director before moving on. “There is always this uncertainty after the fall, we were a little worried, but we were confident in Cecily’s characteristics”. The Danish hero is not one to give up. After his kitchen day on the way to Provence, manager Stephen Delcourt was speaking “The Vikings who never admit defeatI did well. The FDJ leader has a strong personality. “She’s a rock star, it’s impossible not to smile when you have someone like her on the bus”, Delcourt confirms.

After a long Covid-cut season, Cecily Ludwig turned the page with a win in Epernai. Before that, there was already a masked gyro. “I finished sixth after working the whole race for Marta Cavalli, that’s not bad, is it?” , The general manager explained before the start.

Not the type to hide in the race or in life, someone who loves to DJ and dance on the bus assumes her position as the captain of the tricolor team. “It is unrestricted‘ confirms Delcourt. “She has an incredible joy in life. In the hotel, even if she is 300 meters away, I have to listen to find out where she is.”

Charismatic, Danish is the type who captivates the audience with each of her speeches, and in which her words are not tainted. “It’s not provocative, but it goes off track Beaten, confirms S.tiffin delcourt. I remember an interview in London, where I was asked about the fact that women have no end at the top of the legendary lanes Cecily thinks for two seconds and answers: “I think they are afraid my vagina will go down in height.” There is a big void. Then she burst out laughing. There you are, this is Cecily Ludwig.”

With his victory on Tuesday, both Ludwig and his team came back to life, while 5 stages remained to reach another goal: the yellow jersey, and why not the final victory. In the meantime, it’s time to celebrate. In the champagne capital that is Epernay, surrounded by hills, you do not have to look far to find out the program of the evening of the French team: “Obviously we will celebrate, even if the tour is still long”Cedric Brie PromisesWe’ll have a little champagne or more tonight. And maybe check the airbags, anyway.

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