|Rous on the loose|
The season hasn’t started and we’ve yet to see the official colours of the Europcar team but things have not got off to an auspicious start.
The team’s number two directeur sportif Didier Rous has just resigned. A refugee from Festina, Rous apparently became a changed man under Jean-René Bernaudeau and after stopping his racing career took up a role behind the steering wheel with the Bouygues team. Never the sharpest tactician nor a master of sports science, he’s nevertheless been able to motivate many riders and put his racing knowledge to good use. According to Ouest France, Rous was ambitious to have a greater say in the running of the team, including recruitment and tactics rather than his frequent role as an assistant DS.
Last month there was a mini rumble chez Cofidis with a split between team manager Eric Boyer and Francis Van Londersele. The pair had never got along perfectly, Boyer was parachuted in after years of scandal and gradually assumed more and more control of the team, side-lining Van Londersele. At the team’s first training camp last month Van Londersele was conspicously absent. Officially he was ill but this might not be so. This time the causes of the split are unknown. Today Cofidis have announced rider Stéphane Augé will take up a role as a directeur sportif.
Musical car seats?
It now seems Van Londersele could turn up at Europcar and Rous might be on his way to Cofidis. It’d be an interesting swap. Certainly I hope Van Londersele lands on his feet. An interesting character he didn’t escape the troubles with Cofidis but was kept in place because of a commitment to coaching riders as opposed to “doctoring” them.