In an interview with Reporterre, Cofidis rider Guillaume Martin talks about his fears linked to global warming, fearing in particular that the Tour de France can no longer take place in July.
Holder of a Masters in Philosophy, Guillaume Martin always has a keen opinion on social issues, and this week, the 29-year-old Cofidis runner was questioned on the subject of global warming by the site Reporterre. The Norman did not hide his concern about the practice of cycling in the middle of summer in the future. “We have a big, very big problem. I particularly remember the Tour of Spain 2021. For several days, we had gone through incredible heat, especially in the south of Spain. I remember a stage where, for five hours, my speedometer did not drop below 33°C. On average we were around 39°C as we climbed in altitude. For a moment, I wondered what I was doing there, making extreme efforts in extreme temperatures, while the authorities advised the population to stay cloistered at home with the shutters closed. Lately, we realize that in our disordered world, it will be more and more complicated to play sports. Very concretely, in the world of cycling, this raises the question of the organization of races at certain times of the year. I am not sure that the Tour de France can continue to be held in July. It is about the health of the runners and the spectators ”, wonders the one who finished 8th in the Tour de France and 9th in the Vuelta in 2021.
The plane, the preferred mode of transport for cyclists
Guillaume Martin recognizes that he is not an example in terms of carbon footprint given the many plane trips required by cycling races: “I spend 200 to 250 days away from home, a year, he admits. That doesn’t mean I fly every day, but still, it’s the preferred mode of transportation. This is the one that saves the most recovery time. It is these extra hours of recovery that sometimes make the difference, which allow us to achieve great performance in a race.. The runner, however, puts forward solutions to make cycling pollute less, such as reducing the number of vehicles in the publicity caravan, using electric vehicles, taking the train more often or reducing the plastic in supply products. The health of the runners in future years will undoubtedly depend on this.