Arkéa-Samsic knows the identity of its future sports director. This Wednesday, the Breton team formalized the arrival of Didier Rous. The former professional cyclist, French champion in 2001 and 2002, will take up his duties from January 1st. “My ambitions will be the same as those which allowed the team to reach the UCI WorldTour level, namely: to perform, the desire to shine, to win, because that is the very essence of high-level sport, Rous said in a press release. By adding my values and philosophy: always go to the end of things. We must continue to look ahead, never harboring regrets. »
For general manager Emmanuel Hubert, this appointment was obvious: “Didier has solid experience as a professional cyclist, but also as a sports director, particularly at WorldTour level. He is recognized by his peers for his charisma and his ability to unite people around him. My expectations from him are to continue to advance the team in many areas, particularly performance. »
But the former sports director of Europcar, Cofidis and B & B hotels will not arrive alone. The former runner of the Cofidis team, Jimmy Turgis, will become the new coach, also from 2024. “My objective is to give the runners as much as possible what I would have liked to receive when I was in their situation. ; offer them my skills and those of the team in order to support them in their development as professional cyclists,” declared the person concerned.