Dion Smith had a pretty stellar Tour de France with his Wanty-Groupe Gobert. The Belgian team was the youngest in terms of Tour experience, with not a single rider having ridden the Tour de France in the past. Not only did all nine finish, but the team were one of the most animated of the entire race; with Dion’s contribution to the team going all the way to the Champs-Elysees.
Whether it was Guillaume van Keirsbulck, Yoann Offredo, Marco Minnaard or Dion Smith himself, Wanty-Groupe Gobert emphatically fulfilled their brief. They made their presence felt and they were seen pretty much from start to finish. I think you could count on one hand the number of breakaways that went up the road without a Wanty-Groupe Gobert blue jersey in amongst the action.
It was a hard Tour de France for breakaway riders this year. More than any other Tour in our memory the peloton really kept the breaks on a tight leash this time around. Seldom did you see a group of riders in a sprint stage get upwards of 3-4 minutes at any point, but credit to the breaks that didn’t stop them from trying.
Dion played his part in breakaways during the Tour, most notably in the final stage of the Tour de France on the Champs-Elysees. We got to take some time to catch up with the 24 year old and get his take on the three weeks in the biggest annual sport show on the planet.