Roy reveals how retirement plans went awry

Jeremy Roy on the podium acknowledging his retirement after Paris-Tours

Sylvain Chavanel wasn't the only French breakaway specialist who retired after the Chrono des Nations on Sunday. Groupama-FDJ 's Jérémy Roy also hung up his cleats after the French time trial in Les Herbiers – although he was supposed to have retired the previous weekend after Paris-Tours . In an interview with L'Equipe on Tuesday, Roy explained how his season was extended beyond Paris-Tours in order to help cover injuries on the team, although just a few weeks before he was due to retire, even Paris-Tours – Roy's 'home race' – wasn't on his programme. "Three weeks ago, the Groupama-FDJ sports directors met up to work out the end-of-season race programme," Roy told L'Equipe . "A lot of riders were motivated and on form, and the team staff had already started thinking about the 2019 season. "It mean that I was left a little sidelined. I wasn't going to be ...

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