After having assured last September that he did not want to run for the presidency of the FFC, the former sports director Cyrille Guimard formalized his candidacy for the election scheduled for next February.
When the association “Take my wheel” was created, Cyrille Guimard had ruled out this possibility. But for the former coach of the France team, the idea of taking the head of the French Cycling Federation (FFC) was probably too tempting. Indeed, after having fled in the columns of the daily Ouest-France, the announcement of the candidacy of the one who is nicknamed “The Druid” was made official by “Take my wheel”, which supports him in this initiative. While Michel Callot, president of the FFC since 2017, is already a candidate for his own succession, Cyrille Guimard intends to lead a list of opposition to the current leader of French cycling.
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– TAKE MY WHEEL (@roue_ma) January 10, 2021
Guimard has already failed in 2009 against Lappartient
But, while the election of the new president of the FFC is scheduled for February 23, there remains an obstacle to the candidacy of Cyrille Guimard. In fact, to be able to apply, the former sports director at the seven Tours de France with riders such as Lucien Van Impe, Bernard Hinault or Laurent Fignon needs 100 sponsorships from leaders in exercise in French cycling..
If necessary, “The Druid” could run for the second time in this election. Indeed, Cyrille Guimard had presented himself in 2009 but had been beaten by David Lappartient, currently president of the International Cycling Union and to which Michel Callot had succeeded four years ago. Cyrille Guimard’s ambition has already been announced: “ give cycling back its popular and festive glow, which makes it one of the favorite sports of the French “. A project that will have to convince by next February.