Does France have its Mathieu Van der Poel or its Wout Van Aert?
It's too early to tell, but she definitely wants to be a little cyclo-cross prodigy.
The young Léo Bisiaux, who will turn 18 on February 14, became world junior cyclo-cross champion (under 19) ahead of the Dutchman Senna Remijn and the Belgian Yordi Corsus, this Sunday in Hoogerheide (Netherlands). ).
The race was contested in front of several tens of thousands of spectators - more than 50,000 according to the organizers - already present for the clash that everyone is waiting for, this Sunday afternoon (3 p.m.), between the Belgian Van Aert and the Dutchman Van der Poel, the two ogres of the discipline.
Léo Bisiaux is the junior world cyclo-cross champion!
– THE TEAM (@lequipe) February 5, 2023
Leader of the World Cup, European champion in November in Namur (Belgium), Bisiaux was the big favorite of the event and he did not fail.
The Auvergnat, a member of Team AG2R Citroën U19, broke away at the start of the third of the six laps of the circuit to win with an 11-second lead.
“I have never been afraid”
“I had a lot of pressure but it was positive for me, I was ready for the battle against the Belgians and the Dutch”, declared the one who is also champion of France.
“Technically, I had a really good race.
I was never scared”, he explained again when he was the victim of a chain jump on the last lap, ultimately without consequence.
Léo Bisiaux is the third Frenchman to put his name on the junior list after Arnaud Jouffroy (2008) and Clément Venturini (2011).
He also succeeds legends like Mathieu van der Poel, crowned ten years ago, and Tom Pidcock (2017).
Incidentally, he could also be talked about on the road in the future since he took the bronze medal in the road race at the European Championships last August in Munich.