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Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the very Late Show with JHDZ!
I know I have disappeared for a while, but I was recently very occupied and affected by personal problems (la mayoría tienen que ver con celebracionse de año Nuevo en México jaja), but I am back for Season Four of the best (because it’s the only one) guest talk show of OCM! Now let´s start with what every one of us is talking about. Star Wars. Oh no? Okay. Well then Salbutamol and Chris Froome. Tbh I have no idea what to think about this. UCI has not released any official statements or sanctions. Is Ferrari, EPO, and US Postal happening again? I hope not. Anyways, everyone give it up for the man named like my uncle from my momma´s side, the one, the only…Yann from Matrix team!!
JHDZ: To start it off, how are you?
YANN: Fine thanks! As I said to you before I am quite busy at the time, but happy to honor your invitation.
JHDZ: What made you like OCM?
YANN: When I discovered the game I was looking for another kind of managing game I played during the Tour de France, but with much less options, and at first OCM seemed quite complicated to me (an all-English game for a Frenchman, you can imagine how I felt ^^)
But the more I played, the more I liked it, mostly the managing part of course, and the fact that you can't do everything immediately: you have to plan and anticipate your calendar, your finances and your riders (who will race? as captain or team mate? Who will rest for bigger events? Who you can/should train? And so on and so on)
And if racing and waiting for results is really great, my favorite part of the game is still training: I love to look for trainees, plan who I will train first and which skills I will focus on, that little thrill before getting a rider back to training camp not knowing if he gained 5 points or not, and wondering when a rider will stop improving after you already maxed him in the main stats!
YANN: What has been your favorite in-game win??
won't surprise anyone I suppose: the 9 GC wins in Essex with Sandro. Just can't find anything else as important for Matrix Team, and it was a quite incredible feeling to see than seasons after seasons no one was able to beat him.
Obviously I am also proud of my other GC wins in Germany or Cymru and my WC jerseys in both races.
JHDZ: From what part of France are you?
YANN: I grew up in Brittany, in Tréguier, for those who want to check where it is located precisely. And then I moved quite a lot in France, but since last year, I'm back in my ancestor land, in Brest, what you could call the Far West ;)
JHDZ: Ah! La Bretagne! Comment je l´adore…Moving on, same question for three straight shows hahaha, how does it feel to be one of the greatest managers to ever play the game?
YANN: Honestly I don't really feel like I'm part of the greatest managers, although I have achievements no one else has.
Actually I think I was pretty lucky sometimes, and I played for a very long time, which helped me being successful.
But that's still an honor to see rankings where Matrix Team is near to the top.
JHDZ: Is cycling your favorite sport? If so, why?
YANN: No, not IRL.
Younger, I used my bicycle to go to work or move around, and I really loved it!
But 3 years ago someone robbed the bike my dad offered to me about 12 years ago, and since then, I don't really have the same delight biking.
So « my » sport would rather be badminton ^^
JHDZ: Who is your favorite cyclist?
YANN: I am not a huge fan of cycling IRL, but when I was younger I watched the Tour de France more often and I was supporting mostly German riders like Ullrich or Zabel, without any real reason.
JHDZ: Who is your favorite OCM rider and manager?
YANN: Hard not to think of Sandro immediately for riders, but there are so many guys who broke so many records that I could not remember them all so let's limit myself to 3 names:
-Farruco Alonso, a truly amazing Tour rider!
-Laurend Bourgeois also had an incredible career, way better than anyone could have imagine regarding his stats, taking advantage of his huge xp better than anyone else
-Patryk Drozdowski, for doing near as good in Germany that Sandro did in Essex.
About managers know, I have good relationships with Tim from Gradient Levellers, but the one who made an impression on me was Delion from Drapeau Noir: he understood things before many of us and that helped him being one of the best when almost anyone thought he couldn't do anything with his « weak » riders, congratz mate.
JHDZ: What do you consider to be your greatest in game achievement?
YANN: That would be an « overall » achievement with all the jerseys I collected so far, especially in general classifications (17, not sure anyone else did better), the hardest to get IMO.
But holding the Hour Record for many seasons, the 8 consecutive wins in Essex or the WC jerseys are also really rewarding.
JHDZ: Any plans for the future of your team?
YANN: Jerseys and Tours mostly, but I cannot really predict which Tours and when Matrix Team will join them as not everything went as planned so far ;)
And of course we will target mostly hilly tours, our specialty.
Who´d You Rather
Everybody seems to choose Would You Rather when given the game choices, so I decided to add a little bit of spice to it. Who´d you rather. The rules are the same with the exception that instead of choosing things you´ll chose people. Here we go!
JHDZ: Taylor Swift or Katy Perry?
YANN: Pop singers... can't I choose Amy Lee? ;) If not Katy Perry but without real enthusiasm
JHDZ: Judi Dench or Meryl Streep?
YANN: Hum... Dench for being in James Bond movies
JHDZ: Marilyn Monroe or Megan Fox?
YANN: No doubt here, Marilyn. I'm not a fan of skinny style ^^
JHDZ: Charlotte Gainsbourg ou Brigitte Bardot?
YANN: Charlotte Gainsbourg, I’m too young for being a fan of BB.
JHDZ: Emma Watson or Megan Fox?
YANN: Hermione of course! (Books, not movies). Really thank you for your invitations, hope I’ll come back if you have 10 more questions for me!
JHDZ: I may have them hehe…Everyone a huge applause for Yann, and I´ll see ya, on the next one!