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Sports Cycling - French Championships: The president of the FFC relieved

12:15  07 july  2020
12:15  07 july  2020 Source:   sport365.fr

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The Fédération Française de Cyclisme ( FFC ) or French Cycling Federation is the national governing body of cycle racing in France. The FFC is a member of the UCI and the UEC. In February 2009, David Lappartient was elected for a four-year term as president .

David Lappartient, 35, is the new president of the French cycling federation winning an election over Michel Callot by 347 votes to 265 this week. The previous rift between the UCI and the FFC under Petallier hurt the French by preventing them from bidding on any championships .

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After having dreaded having to cancel the French Championships following the withdrawal of Plumelec, Michel Callot was finally able to withdraw to Grand-Champ to maintain the event. The president of the FFC does not hide his relief.

While everything was planned for Plumelec to host the event, the unexpected withdrawal of the town of Morbihan almost forced the FFC to definitively cancel the French Championships. Finally, at the last minute, Grand-Champ, another city in Morbihan, agreed to take over from its neighbor , thereby saving this 2020 edition from this event traditionally scheduled a few days before the Grand start of the Tour de France. Covid-19 Pandemic obliges, the Great Loop will begin this year on August 29, when the French Championships will take place from August 21 to 23. Michel Callot, who has long thought that he would have to deprive French cycling enthusiasts of this meeting almost as popular as the Tour, admits in L'Equipe this Tuesday that he welcomed the maintenance of the event as a delivery, even if it will not take place at the place initially planned. "Yes, it is a relief, admits the president of the French Cycling Federation in the daily. And at the same time the accomplishment of a fight. Especially since it was important for the image of the Federation because its national championship takes precedence over many things. I couldn't see a season going on, well almost normally, without the French Championships. »It was however necessary for a nothing that the calendar does not do without the competition, Plumelec having made its apron, to the great astonishment of the patron of French cycling, still bitter today. However, Michel Callot, more than a surprise, evokes above all a "disappointment". "It is rather a disappointment, because we worked a lot in relation to this candidacy, in particular through securing the event and the guarantees provided. And despite the complicated context, I sincerely thought that we would go all the way with Plumelec. »

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Under French law, the LCPF runs professional cycling on a national level separately from the French cycling federation ( FFC ), but it appeared that the new president of the FFC "They have to study the courses of the races like we used to do when we competed before the inception of the radios.

On Saturday, February 28, the French cycling federation FFC will elect a new president among the three candidates: David Lappartient who is already deputy president , Michel Callot, president of the Rhône-Alpes regional cycling committee and former champion and team manager Cyrille Guimard.

Towards a ticketing system for this historically free event? It is finally a few kilometers away, in Grand-Champ, a town of nearly 6,000 inhabitants, that these French Championships will take place. Michel Callot welcomes this all the more since it is the city which has proposed itself to compensate for the defection of Plumelec. By the way, Locminé, also interested, also inherited a piece of the cake. Obviously, everything was done very quickly, according to the president of the FFC. “From the moment that I was told that everything was ready for the Morbihan to host the French Championships, I could see that there was a real fervor for this event and many municipalities have then addressed to us spontaneously. The choice was finally made for Grand-Champ, and Locminé provided support for the start of the time trial events. The only bad news for Michel Callot and the organizers: keeping the gauge at 5,000 people in the same place for a sporting event will probably force them to set up a ticketing system contrary to the policy of always cycling races , which is to offer the spectacle free of charge to spectators who come to mass in numbers at the side of the roads to watch the runners pass. Michel Callot hopes that by the end of August, the government will have relaxed. If this is not the case, he will have no choice but to think about "special reception arrangements" involving pricing. But he would be the first to be disappointed. Admittedly, much less than if he had not been able to save these French Championships.

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