Thomas Voeckler: 'We wanted to attack earlier than everyone else at Worlds so they would think we were idiots'

French boss happily accepts fine for coaching Julian Alaphilippe when it wasn't permitted

Benoit Cosnefroy attacks at the 2021 Road World Championships
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Thomas Voeckler has said the French team's aggressive approach to the World Championships men's road race on Sunday was to make other teams think they were 'idiots'.

The French ultimately proved victorious after Julian Alaphilippe soloed away within 20km to go following several attempts, but their attacking strategy began with over 180km remaining in the brutal 268.3km race in Flanders.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

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