Besides a second place at GP de Plumelec-Morbihan, the Frenchman has never climbed the podium. And now he has found out why. He suffers from Lyme disease, which he got from a tick bite.
It has been a frustrating season, as he hasn't achieved any of the year's goals, which was to repeat his overall victory at the Critérium International and to take a Tour de France stage win.
FDJ team doctor Gérard Guillaume says that the bacterial infection was the reason for the rider's poor season.