Clément L'hotellerie: "Next season I want to go to a bigger team."

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18.03.2007/ After the strong performance of Clément L'hotellerie at Paris – Nice, Skil – Shimano can hope for a wild card at the Tour de France. Race organiser Amaury Sport organistaion (ASO) will announce the teams for this years edition of 'Le Grande Boucle' later this week. L'hotellerie won the mountain classification in this years edition of Paris – Nice and was second overall at the 2008 Ruta Del Sol. Only two years ago the 21 year old French rider did not get a contract with Frech Pro – Tour team Credit Agricole: "To young." 

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Clément L'hotellerie won the polka dot jersey at Paris - Nice. (© Sirotti)

According to Dutch daily newspaper 'De telegraaf' Tour director Christian Prudhomme was impressed by the strong performance of Dutch Skil – Shimano team. Sports director Rudi Kemna said: "I also heard rumours that there is a 90% chance we will start at the Tour."

Especially young gun L'hotellerie will have attracted Prudhomme's attention. L'hotellerie was active at almost every stage of this years Prais – Nice and won the mountain classifiaction of the French stage race. The 21 year old was also 11th overall. It was no coincedence that L'hotellerie won the mountain classification. In an interview with Belgian based website, L'hotellerie said: "That was my goal for the race. I never thought it would be possible to achieve a good overall result. Until now I wasn't consistent enough."

L'hotellerie said he started as a mountainbiker. "Through the mountainbike I fell in love with the world of cycling." The Skil – Shimano rider from Charleville-Mézières added: "In 2000 I had my first license." L'hotellerie said that he combined mountainbiking with cross in the beginning of his career but "I noticed pretty fast that I was better in cross." L'hotellerie belonged to the top in cross races. He is a three time French national champion with the juniors. In 2004 he won bronse at the cross World Championships in Pont-Château.

In 2007 L'hotellerie quit with cross races and said: "From now on I will focus on the road." In 2006 L'hotellerie was a trainee with Credit Agricole. The team managment did not sign the than 19 year old rider: "to young." At the end of 2006 suddenly Skil - Shimano contacted L'hotellerie. The Dutch team signed the young gun. "The advantage of this team is that although I am young I am the captain at certain races. Also the experience you can gather at real top races is very important. On top of that Skil is a team that concentrates on schooling of young talents. The ideal team for the type of rider like I am."

"That I am riding this good at the moment can partly be explained because of last years race programme. The races in nice sunny weather were exchanged for hard weather conditions in the north. An investment for the future. In the end it made it possible for me to better develop the things that didn't really fit with my character."

In 2007 L'hotellerie won the young riders classification at the French stage race Tour du Limousin and won the mountain classification at the German stage race Dreiländer-Tour.

Next year L'hotellerie would like to sign with a bigger team. "Next season I want to go to a bigger team. I have already had contact with a few teams. Credit Agricole already spoke with me. The team managment said that if I will continue to develop like I do now, there will be a place at the team for me in 2009. The will follow my progression very carefully and when they are convinced they will make me a concrete offer. So I know what I will have to do... learning and continue to develope as a complete rider. That's my goal for 2008."

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