[Cyclisme] Pit Leyder, “le bon moment” pour passer pro

first_imgTrès bien, là je sors du Tour d’Alsace, une très belle course, pas facile. Cela roulait très vite et seule la dernière étape était assez plate. Je pense que j’ai bien travaillé pour Jan Maas qui était notre leader.Quelle sera la suite de votre programme ?Samedi, je serai au départ de la course en ligne des championnats d’Europe espoirs, aux Pays-Bas. Le parcours est assez plat et comprend un secteur pavé. Puis ensuite je vais prendre la direction de l’Arctic Race en Norvège (15-18 août). Ce sera ma première course avec Cofidis.On imagine votre impatience, non ?C’est vrai, je mesure encore la grande chance que j’ai. Je vais m’attacher à faire le boulot que me donnera l’équipe. J’ai envie de prendre un maximum d’expérience de cette course.Connaissez-vous la suite de programme en tant que stagiaire chez Cofidis ?Oui, je disputerai aussi le Tour de Poitou-Charentes (27-30 août) et plusieurs courses d’un jour de septembre à octobre. Mais il se peut également que je porte encore le maillot Leopard pour l’une ou l’autre course de préparation des Mondiaux en fin de saison. On verra.En étant stagiaire chez Cofidis, votre but est clairement de signer un contrat pour 2020 ?Oui, c’est mon objectif. Mais je ne me mets aucune pression. Je suis motivé et je sais que je dois convaincre. J’aimerais n’avoir aucun reproche à la fin de la saison. Mais ce n’est pas moi qui vais prendre cette décision…Physiquement, vous vous sentez prêt ?Oui, je pense que c’est le bon moment pour moi. Je me sens plus fort que l’an passé. Je me sens capable d’en faire mon métier. J’espère donc que cette fin de saison sera une réussite.Entretien avec Denis Bastien Partager À 22 ans, Pit Leyder va avoir une riche fin de saison et il espère pouvoir convaincre l’équipe Cofidis de l’embaucher après son stage estival qui débutera le 15 août en Norvège.Il vient de finir un difficile Tour d’Alsace où il s’est efforcé de travailler pour le grimpeur néerlandais de Leopard Jan Maas, onzième au final. Pit Leyder voulait surtout se tester dans la deuxième étape, étape arrivant à la Planche des Belles Filles. Pour un puncheur, il s’est rassuré, 23e sur la ligne. Ce bon travail effectué, il sera au départ samedi des championnats d’Europe espoirs.La deuxième partie de la saison arrive avec cette perspective d’endosser le maillot de Cofidis. Comment vous sentez-vous ?last_img read more

Davis turns ankle, but Pelicans roll to 10th straight win

first_imgNew Orleans, which has played well since losing center DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending injury in January, kept rolling without Davis, although the Kings made a brief run late in the fourth.Buddy Hield hit a 3-pointer to pull Sacramento within 103-94 with 3:12 left, but Nikola Mirotic and Jrue Holiday both hit 3s and combined for 11 straight points to help the Pelicans pull away.“We can do that against teams like this,” Davis said. “But to better ourselves we have to do a better job, at least when I was in there, to make sure that we execute our game plans and don’t play down to the level of our competition. We went out there and thought it was going to be an easy game.”Mirotic scored 26 points with 10 rebounds, Holiday had 23 points and eight assists, and E’Twaun Moore added 15 points.The 10-game winning streak matches the Pelicans’ franchise record set Jan. 9-26, 2011. New Orleans has scored 100 or more points in each of the wins, setting another team record.ADVERTISEMENT No stopping Rockets as they roll to 17th straight victory Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Hield had 20 points while Zach Randolph added 19 points and five rebounds for Sacramento.The Kings, who have lost six of eight, played the final 42 minutes without point guard De’Aaron Fox. He left early in the first quarter due to lower back stiffness.“It seemed like everything was real difficult,” Sacramento coach Dave Joerger said. “We missed a lot of open shots also, which certainly would have helped.”Ian Clark’s 16-foot jumper and 3-pointer on consecutive possessions capped a 12-4 run to end the first and put the Pelicans up 32-21.With Davis getting a lengthy rest on the bench for most of the second quarter, New Orleans extended its advantage to 49-29 on another deep shot from Clark. Holiday later scored eight consecutive points and Davis added a late three-point play to help the Pelicans take a 62-44 halftime lead.MIROTIC’S MOMENTMirotic made 10 of 12 shots and is shooting 56.3 percent over his last four games.“I’ve been taking a lot of extra work to get my confidence back because I was (in) a little struggle in the beginning with my shots,” Mirotic said. “Now it seems that I did get my rhythm.”GOING HOMEThe Pelicans get a break with eight of their next nine in New Orleans after playing eight of their past 11 on the road. They’re in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference.“We knew that this would be a real difficult stretch,” Gentry said. “The thing that we wanted to do is just give ourselves an opportunity at the end of games to win on the road. We’ve done a good job with that.”TIP-INSPelicans: New Orleans has won seven straight road games, one shy of the franchise record set in 2007-08. … The Pelicans shot 60.9 percent (14 of 23) in the opening quarter. LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Although X-rays taken on Davis’ ankle were negative, coach Alvin Gentry sounded cautious.“Won’t know anything until tomorrow,” Gentry said. “They took X-rays but couldn’t really tell a lot from the X-rays, so we’ll go back home and I’m sure he’ll have an MRI at some stage tomorrow and we’ll have more information.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDavis went down after battling Kosta Koufos for a rebound. The five-time All-Star winced and grabbed at his ankle before slowly getting to his feet. Davis remained in the game briefly before being taken to the Pelicans locker room with 3:11 left in the third. He did not return and appeared to be getting fitted for a walking boot after the game.“I feel fine but they’ll have the team doctor look at it tomorrow and go from there,” Davis said. “Any time you twist an ankle it hurts, especially coming off somebody’s foot because you really don’t have any protection. It was sore. I just wanted to make sure everything was fine.”center_img Kings: Willie Cauley-Stein missed his third straight game with a lower back strain.UP NEXTPelicans: Host Washington on Friday night.Kings: Host Orlando on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis grabs his ankle after going down during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. Davis left the court and didn’t return to the game as the Pelicans went on to win 114-101. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Anthony Davis has been at the heart of New Orleans’ franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak. It’s possible the Pelicans will have to go for No. 11 without their career scoring leader.Davis scored 17 points before rolling his left ankle and leaving in the third quarter of a 114-101 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READlast_img read more