With Lenny Martinez and Romain Grégoire, French cycling has a future

Romain Grégoire (left) and Lenny Martinez, cyclists for the Groupama FDJ team, during a cross-interview, at their premises in Villepinte in December 2022. FAURE JULIEN / PRESSE SPORTS

Lenny Martinez and Romain Grégoire are 20 and 21 years old. They carry great promises. Can one of them be Bernard Hinault’s successor on the Tour?

One, a self-effacing climber, reveals himself when the slope takes shape. The other, a flamboyant puncher, always seems ready to catch the light. Lenny Martinez and Romain Grégoire are 20 and 21 years old respectively. Ages of all possibilities. For months, French cycling has followed step by step the two riders of the Groupama-FDJ team with rapid progress, taking their pulse, sketching the future of these stars.

In recent years, the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar, the Dutchman Mathieu Van der Poel and the Belgians Wout Van Aert and Remco Evenepoel have multiplied the flashes, reminded that the value nâ wasn’t waiting for the number of years. The Mexican Isaac Del Toro (20 years old, UAE Team Emirates), the Irish from EF Education Easy Post, Ryan Archie (22 years old) and Darren Rafferty (20 years old), the American Luke Lamperti (21 years old, Soudal Quick Step), the Belgians Cian Uijtdebroeks (20 years old, Team Visma) and Lennert Van Eetvelt (22 years old, Lotto Dstny) will be particularly followed in 2024. Like the French Paul Magnier…

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