“It's the last straw”.
Nacer Bouhanni even claims to have lost sleep.
Long silent, the French sprinter of Arkea-Samsic spoke for the first time this Tuesday in the columns of the newspaper L'Equipe on the flood of racist insults of which he is regularly the victim on social networks.
A flood that has intensified and worsened since his collision on Sunday March 28, with Jake Stewart a few meters from the finish of the Cholet-Pays de Loire race.
"It's been eight days since I received hundreds of messages, it turns to harassment," he says.
Before wondering: “I'm not the only one to see what is happening on social networks.
Why does nobody do anything when this kind of filthy people constantly send me
terrorists, go back to your dirty Maghreb country
If the champion of France 2012 - "One of the most beautiful moments of my career when I was on the podium with
" - clears the cycling community - "In the peloton, in any case directly, I have never been a victim of racism - he claims to be a victim for years on the part of passionate pseudo-followers.
"It starts on a small scale, we hear certain things, on the side of the roads, nasty things, from other parents, it hurts because when it comes from an adult, it marks a child of 6 much more. or 7 years.
We never forget anything, we live with it.
"I am French of North African origin, that's how it is"
The native of Epinal therefore made a shell to protect himself.
“My parents have always refused to talk to me about racism.
To protect me.
Since the age of six, my father has been with me in cycling, it is thanks to him that I was able to get there, otherwise I would have stopped, because I had moments of fed up. bowl young too.
I've been working on this since I started cycling.
The 30-year-old runner decided on Monday to take legal action and file a complaint.
"I am proud of my first name, I am proud of my origins, I am French of North African origin, that's how it is."
Touched, affected, Bouhanni had wanted to take a break and not take the start of the Roue Tourangelle on Sunday.
He finally took second place in this race behind his compatriot Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), before taking part in the Scheldt GP in Belgium on Wednesday.
“I told my manager
(Editor's note: Emmanuel Hubert)
that I couldn't take it anymore, that psychologically I couldn't go to the Touraine Wheel because I had just quarreled with my father.
Because for my father, I have to go coal, he says it's going to be fine, all the time positive, even when it's not.
But when the pot is full, at one point, it breaks out.
(...) I take the lead with my father who wants my good, who always protected me, I got there ”.