On Velo-club du net,
every week is dedicated to a different rider. So far, the riders at word
were Laszlo Bodrogi, Rik Verbrugghe, Jacky Durand, Aurelien Clerc and Sebastien
week, it is up to Christophe Agnolutto. This is the second part of the
interview where he talks about his personality rather than his career. The
final part of those special weeks at velo-club end with a chat on Thursday evening 9PM
CET and the transcript of it posted on Friday. On the Daily Peloton, you
will find the chat transcript on Friday evening (CET timezone).
Christophe Agnolutto has won quite a few races, but you
might especially remember him from his great ride in the Tour de France 2000
winning solo with over one minute on the rest of the peloton on a rainy
day. Other races he has won are a stage in the Tour of Switzerland 1996, a
stage in the Tour of Romandy of 1998 and A travers le Morbihan in 1997.
PS Velo-club has also a cartoon about
the cyclist they dedictated the special week to! Check it out here
for the one of Christophe Agnolutto.
What if you would only have 24 hours to live?
I would go to a desert island with my
wife and two daughters. It's not a drea, but if I would only have 24 hours
more to live, it would be this situation without a doubt. I often go away
on holidays to islands, but I wouldn't stay there my entire life.
What do people call you?
Momo, it got started by two rides I
knew when I was an amateur some ten years ago, no reason in particular.
Someone called me like that afterwards and after that, it just caught on.
It's not the one that I prefer, but I haven't chosen it. It has no
connection with my name or surname.
What do you like best about
My generosity, because I like being
generous, as often as possible.
What's your favorite part
of the day?
I like making a good meal when I go out
big. Around 6-7PM, I like preparing a good evening meal and then, I
appreciate what I'm eating.
What's the moment you like
The morning because I have problems
getting up in the morning. I more a late night person and I find it really
hard to get up. When I was going to school, my favorite day was
Wednesday. I didn't have to get up!
What has life thought you?
In life, you need to be persistent and
the precise possible if you want to succeed.
What would you have liked to learn at school
and would have been very usefull to you?
I would have liked to learn Italian
because it would serve me will on the bike and on holidays. I have some
Italian origines so I would have liked learning Italian. Let's say I
understand it but I don't really speak it.
What's your favorite film/book/CD?
On the movie side, I liked Pulp
Fiction. In CD's, I like Marc Lavoine and in books, it would be "The
Alchemist" by Paulo Coelho.
What's your favorite country or city?
In France, it's not bad at all, but I
would say a city in the south for a bit of sun, it's good there. It
wouldn't be bad living in a town like Pau for example.
What's your weak spot?
Eating because I love a good meal, and
even more drinking. I like a good galss of sweet white wine like the
Mont-Basillac, a good aperitif or a good glass of red wine.
your favorite sentence/expression?
"We live a dream", I say it
often when I'm happy. It happened for the first time at the funeral of my
life as a boy, 5 years ago when I got married.
A fan follows you around, flattered or angry?
If it's a lovely woman, I would be
flattered. Yes, it pleases me just as long as it doesn't cross the line
into my private life.
A fan creates an internet site who has been
dedicated to you without your authorisation: flattered or angry?
Flattered because it feels good that
people are interested in me, in what I do. I don't have one for the moment
because I haven't really found the person who would be able to make one.
You receive a great present from someone that
you don't really like, do you accept it or not?
No, it wouldn't be very honest to
accept it so I wouldn't.
Keep on coming back for the chat transcript
in about 24 hours and be sure to visit Nicolas' site www.veloclub.com