Margaux Vigié: «A great joy to have debuted in the national team»

Margaux Vigié: «A great joy to have debuted in the national team»

Before the eve of the Tour de Suisse, the 26-year-old Frenchwoman speaks, fresh from her debut with the national team at the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenges.

There are unforgettable moments in the career of an athlete: the first victory, the debut in an international event, participation in one’s favourite race. And Margaux Vigié, who has been wearing the Valcar – Travel & Service jersey since July 2020 (in the photo Brazodehierro), has just experienced one of these watersheds: the 26-year-old from Toulouse made her national debut on Tuesday, participating in the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge, which for the first time brought the athletes to the top of the mythical Giant of Provence.

“It was a great joy. I was very proud to wear my country’s jersey; doing it in a race characterised by a legendary climb for the world of cycling was a further source of pride ».

Did you expect the call?

«I was hoping for it and I knew that to deserve it I could only do my best with Valcar – Travel & Service. The team’s victories in the last two weeks have given me this satisfaction ».

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“Personal placement doesn’t matter. The important thing is that we have achieved three victories at the end of a splendid team effort. Now we are at eight successes, obtained with six different athletes; without counting the placements in World Tour races in the presence of authentic battleships ».

How do you explain it to you?

“We are a team: each of us knows how to work for the other according to the strategy and the type of race we face. And the goodness of the collective is worth more than the sum of the value of the individual athletes “.

Margaux Vigiè con Ilaria Sanguineti - credit Bastien Gason

Margaux Vigiè con Ilaria Sanguineti – credit Bastien Gason

Which races do you feel best suited for?

«I started racing on the road at high levels only in 2020, after my first competitive career in speed skating and then in fixed races. So every day is an opportunity to gain experience. At the moment I feel more inclined for one-day races ».

The next round, however, will be a stage race: the Tour de Suisse. What are your goals at the start?

“The goal is to do well, exploiting our abilities: Olivia Baril and Alice Maria Arzuffi will aim for the more demanding stages; we have a good chance of doing well also in the first stage with arrival in Vaduz; and keep an eye on Karolina Kumi? ga in the time trial ».

Speaking of skills, you have a degree in physiotherapy, you speak four languages, in every sport you have figured out well. What’s your secret?

«Serenity and concentration. Peace of mind comes from being in a good group and, having completed my degree and internship for work qualification, having completed my studies. So now I can concentrate 100% on cycling ».

Besides cycling, what other passions do you cultivate?

“I like travelling; visiting cities and discovering new places. Barcelona is the city I love the most, but Italy also has beautiful scenery. From Saturday 18th, we will try to discover something new at the Tour de Suisse ».

In addition to Margaux Vigié, Alice Maria Arzuffi, Olivia Baril, Karolina Kumiega, Ilaria Sanguineti and Lizzie Stannard will participate in the stage race scheduled from Saturday 18 to Tuesday 21 June.

Margaux Vigié at Paris Roubaix Recon - credit T.Muzzi

Margaux Vigié at Paris Roubaix Recon – credit T.Muzzi