After 157km and four difficult passes including the formidable Col de Joux-Plane, Artus crossed this finish line of the Etape du Tour 2023 in the lead and Solo. We set off to meet him.
Tell us briefly about your journey?
Since 2022 I have only been cycling. Before that I was doing my higher education on a work-study basis in sports business, I was a cycle mechanic salesman. So I joined L’Occitane Legend Wheels in 2022 with the idea of turning professional. Today I live in Toulouse with my girlfriend.
What does cycling mean to you?
6 years ago, I would have answered: a simple passion. Now everything has changed, it’s what makes me today and probably what I will be tomorrow. I studied in this field, I met my girlfriend there and the friends I have today.
How did you feel about this race?
Very calm, with the idea of achieving the best possible result. I came with my girlfriend and a couple of friends. This race was not planned in my program, I should have cut the week of the Etape du Tour. But it was the Rodez Bike store where the friend I came with worked that gave me the bib.
What are your next deadlines?
There remain 3 objectives: the Tour du Piedmont Pyrenean and the two French Cups. I want to go win them.
What do you think of the GIRS Solo bike?
It's great, I enjoy it. Although I'm a climber, I love riding fast on the flat. I really like being on a bike that also allows for a more aerodynamic position. Whatever the terrain, I see no fault with it, I go down very quickly and it is very stable. Before the Etape du Tour I had not had the opportunity to climb several passes at high pace. I wasn't disappointed, it goes up quickly!
What is your best advice for cyclists?
It's complicated to give only one so I'll give 2:
– Be rigorous in your preparation
– Have fun on the bike