With his face covered in bandages, Madouas called to mind the 1933 film The Invisible Man. Seemingly unphased the next day, he went through his normal, pre-race routine of waving to the crowd, signing autographs and chatting with journalists.
The Belgian still dreams of winning the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix, but he revels in his role on the EF Pro Cycling team, and was only too happy to see his Italian teammate Alberto Bettiol storm to victory in Flanders, in 2019.
American Quinn Simmons began his pro career this past month in Spain and France, and the 18-year-old turned heads with aggressive rides. James Startt spoke to Simmons about his performances at le Tour de la Provence.