Mickaël Leveau joins Arkéa-Samsic
Mickaël Leveau will take up the position of sports director for the Arkéa-Samsic team next year. Presentation.
“It was Emmanuel Hubert, General Manager, who contacted me to ask me to join the group of sports directors of the Arkéa-Samsic team. I already had in mind this project of professional progression. It was a goal to work in a UCI WorldTour team. I took the opportunity that Emmanuel Hubert offered me. Now it’s up to me to demonstrate my skills. What I appreciate most in this job is the human side, as well as the tactical sense that it requires. The strength of a team manager must be to show great psychological strength towards his riders. The strength of a team manager must be to show great psychological strength towards his riders. A race requires a real strategic reflection beforehand, with pieces to be assembled with each other. I also like to be close to my riders so that they can interact with each other in order to make the best strategic choices for the races that they and I will have to compete in. It’s a job made up of exchanges, communication and sharing. I’ve already worked for the professionals in the Véranda Rideau, Israel Start Up Nation and last year with GoSport Lille Métropole. Before that, by choice of life, I had a career as a sports director in the amateur ranks, where I learned a lot, a profession that I coupled with a position as a referee pilot officiating on the main competitions organised by ASO, including the Tour de France”.
The words of the General Manager
“Mickaël Leveau has a well-known name in French cycling. A name that is a reference, and he has made a name for himself over the years, particularly as a sports director. He could have joined our team a few seasons ago, but finally it is in 2023 that our paths will cross, with this passionate of our sport who has been for many years a pilot on the races organised by ASO. A trainer of very good riders when he worked in the amateur ranks, Mickaël Leveau knows how to lead men. A quality that is necessary for the job of sports director. Young, but nevertheless experienced and dynamic, Mickaël has all the qualities needed to fulfil his profession within our structure.
The words of the Sports Manager
“Mickaël Leveau is a sports manager who already has a lot of experience in this position. He also knows the races on the French calendar perfectly, and is very complementary to the team’s existing sports directors. His integration within our DS group will be rapid, naturally I would say. Mickaël will reinforce the existing group dynamics by bringing his own qualities, especially human qualities. He has also worked as a team manager for amateurs and continental teams, which has enabled him to learn the trade and above all to master all its characteristics. He knows how to manage riders in a wide variety of situations, and his ability to adapt to the situations he encounters will be his strength.