Tour du Finistère: Clément Venturini 2nd

Clément Venturini : « Happy to be back at the front »

« We were keen to catch up after last weekend where we failed to get on the podium. We took the race on our own with great work from Anthony Jullien throughout the day. In the end, it was off the leash and I made some unnecessary efforts. That’s the only small regret I can have. It’s still a good result, I’m happy to be back at the front.
The sensations quickly returned after my injury but that’s not a matter of chance; I really put in the hard work.
Tomorrow is another day with the Boucles de l’Aulne, a race that also suits me well. I have already finished on the podium there (third in 2016) so I hope to play a leading role again. »Clement

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For his return to racing, Greg Van Avermaet placed fifth at the Tour du Finistère. He had not started a race since Paris-Roubaix on April 17.
After the Tour du Finistère, Clément Venturini is in third place in the general classification of the Coupe de France.
“The classification of the Coupe de France can become a common thread for the second half of the season if I have good results in the next rounds, starting with the Boucles de l’Aulne tomorrow,” said Clément Venturini.
The AG2R CITROËN TEAM leads the team classification.

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Giro d’Italia (14th stage): Mikael Chérel 28th

Mikael Chérel took 28th place in the fourteenth stage of the Giro d’Italia. He gained five places in the general classification (24th).
“We tried to get in the break several times, Nans (Peters) joined a good breakaway but the contenders for the general classification decided to go to war today. We tried and we will try again tomorrow with the same intention,” said Didier Jannel, directeur sportif of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Four Days of Dunkirk: Oliver Naesen takes 2nd overall

Oliver Naesen : « A great satisfaction for a return to racing »

« I knew it was going to be difficult to overtake Philippe Gilbert in the general classification. The bonus seconds he won with his victory in the third stage gave him the advantage he needed to have these four seconds ahead of me. 
Today, it was going too fast to hope to overtake him. Philippe has one of the finest records in the history of cycling and I am still proud to finish alongside him on the podium at the end of these Four Days of Dunkirk.
The top 3 was the goal of the week. It is therefore a great satisfaction for my return to racing after the classics. »Oliver

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Oliver Naesen finished on the podium at the Four Days of Dunkirk for the second time in his professional career.
He took third place in 2017.
Thirteenth in the last stage, Damien Touzé finished ninth in the final general classification of the Four Days of Dunkerque.
“The last stage was very nervous with a lot of wind. We didn’t have the opportunity to make up the four-seconds Oliver was behind during the bonus sprints despite the team being well placed. But having two riders in the top ten of the general classification for these Four Days of Dunkirk is a very good thing even if we would have preferred to win,” said Stéphane Goubert, directeur sportif for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.

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Giro d’Italia (3rd stage): Lawrence Naesen 16th

Lawrence Naesen finished sixteenth in the third stage of the Giro d’Italia which ended with a bunch sprint.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Four Days of Dunkirk (stage 5): Oliver Naesen 2nd

Oliver Naesen : « That was the goal of the week »

« We knew it would be a difficult and a decisive stage. For me, it was the goal of the week. Since the first stage, lots of people have gained bonus seconds, but we have had no luck there. It was therefore necessary to play an important card.
Second in the stage, second overall, it is not quite what we wanted, but there is great satisfaction all the same because the whole team raced just right. The guys worked very hard especially Damien Touzé who has entered the top 10 as well.
Tomorrow, there are still possibilities but it won’t be easy because it’s going to come down to bonus seconds, and you can’t make a mistake.
In Paris-Roubaix, I was in great shape but I was unlucky. Here, I’m getting started again, the legs are good, and that’s very good for the rest of the season. »Oliver

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On the eve of the final stage, Oliver Naesen is second on the general classification, 4” behind leader Philippe Gilbert.
Damien Touzé, seventh for the stage, is tenth overall.

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Giro d’Italia: Vendrame retrogrades

At the end of the second stage of the Giro d’Italia, a short and demanding time trial in Budapest, Andrea Vendrame dropped to 35th place in the general classification.
“We didn’t have time to admire the buildings of Budapest. It was hard and intense. These first stages allow us to get started gradually before arriving in Italy where the Giro will really start for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM,” Nans Peters said.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com


A herculean effort from Team Bahrain Victorious’ leaders on the uphill TT that closed the 75th Tour de Romandie saw Swiss Gino Mäder finish 2nd on GC in his homeland, and Damiano Caruso move up 12 places to 6th.

Caruso, starting in 18th overall, had briefly taken the hotseat from more established climbers Thibaut Pinot (GFC) & Steven Kruijswijk (TJV), before Aleksandr Vlasov (BOH), – eventual stage & race winner – went just over a minute quicker on the 15.8km course.

Meanwhile, after finishing with the leaders the previous day, Mäder had gone 3rd fastest on the TT behind Vlasov and Simon Geschke (COF), which put the local favourite on the provisional podium with the overnight green (Rohan Dennis, TJV) and white (Juan Ayuso, UAE) jerseys still on the 7.7km ascent of Saint-Luc to Villars. Both went significantly slower than Mäder & Caruso, and slipped off the podium.

Tour de Romandie 2022 – 75th Edition – 5th stage Aigle – Villars 15,84 km – 01/05/2022 – Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora – Hansgrohe) – Gino Mader (SUI – Bahrain Victorious) – Simon Geschke (GER – Cofidis) – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Finishing 2nd in the Team Classification, with a stage win and a rider on the podium, it has been another successful week for the squad.

I’m really happy with today, because it was a really good performance, and I’m happy for Gino too, finishing 2nd on GC,” said Caruso after the stage. “Without the bad luck yesterday, maybe it could have been even better, but that’s bike racing

The Italian had been in contention for the overall before a mechanical 300 metres from the line on the summit finish of stage 4 meant he lost 38 seconds. But there can be no doubt that the team has achieved its objectives in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

Tour de Romandie 2022 – 75th Edition – 4th stage Aigle – Zinal 180,1 km – 30/04/2022 – Scenery – Peloton – photo Massimo Fulgenzi/SprintCyclingAgency©2022

Lead Sports Director Neil Stephens was delighted with how the week had played out: “It’s been fantastic racing, and we’ve been involved every single day trying something. It’s a bit disappointing that Damiano had his mechanical yesterday in the final, but to walk away with not only the stage win but Gino 2nd on GC too, is more than what we expected and very very satisfying.

Mäder, already a stage winner at the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de Suisse,  has been the centre of media attention throughout the week. He confirmed his status as one of the rising stars of the peloton with a best ever overall result in a stage race, following his 5th at last year’s Vuelta a España, but the 25 year old surprised even himself with his achievement on this final day.

We hoped for a podium, but I didn’t really believe in it until I crossed the finish line! I’m super happy, Damiano performed great, and as a team we rode well together the whole week, pushing each other. Yesterday was a bit of a frustrating day, but I think we bounced back pretty well – we can enjoy what was a good week!

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

De Brabantse Pijl: Benoît Cosnefroy takes 2nd

Benoît Cosnefroy: “Mixed feelings”

“I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, I’m happy to be here again today, but on the other, I’m still missing the win. It’s never easy to maneuver against a team that has numerical superiority, and they played the game very well. Congratulations to them. In the final, Warren Barguil attacked but I wanted to stay behind Tim Wellens. When I launched my sprint, Wellens drifted. I still managed to get past and take second place. This makes my second podium in two races in this Ardennes classics campaign. I’m certainly happy with my form.”Benoît


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Benoît Cosnefroy has finished second in the last three races in which he has taken part: the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe – Pays de la Loire, the Amstel Gold Race and De Brabantse Pijl.


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The news: Benoît Cosnefroy always in the top-10 at De Brabantse Pijl

In three appearances at De Brabantse Pijl, Benoît Cosnefroy has always finished in the top-10. He placed third in 2020, eighth in 2021 and second in 2022.

— Léo Bochet to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Amstel Gold Race: Benoit Cosnefroy takes 2nd

Benoit Cosnefroy: “The momentum is good”

« It’s a nice podium even if I would have preferred to win. Kwiatkowski was faster than me in the sprint. It happened little by little. We can be collectively proud of this podium.
I felt good and the goal was to be in the front. I felt during the race that I was one of the strongest. In the final, I did a lot of the work.
There are three Ardennes races left and the momentum is good. »Benoit

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With his second place in the Amstel Gold Race, Benoit Cosnefroy stands on the podium for the third time in a one-day race on the UCI WorldTour after his second place in the Flèche Wallonne in 2020 and his victory in the Brittany Classic in 2021.

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First podium in the Amstel Gold Race since 1998. This is the second time since the founding of the team in 1992 that a rider has climbed the podium of the Amstel Gold Race.
Rolf Jaermann won the race in 1998.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Circuit Cycliste Sarthe – Pays de la Loire Benoît Cosnefroy 2nd overall

Benoît Cosnefroy: “I increased the pressure day after day”

« The weather made this last day more difficult than it looked on paper. The guys did a great job throughout the stage to protect me. With the rain, the finish was tense and the crash a few kilometers from the finish disrupted everything.
I’m happy with my feelings after four days of racing. The first stage is the one where I got the best result but it is not the one where I felt the best. I have been able to build up the pressure day after day this week, which bodes well for the Ardennes classics which are coming soon. »Benoit


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Félix Gall took 13th place in the 5th stage of Itzulia Basque Country.
He occupies the 17th place on the general classification.


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On to the Amstel Gold Race for Benoît Cosnefroy

Benoît Cosnefroy is heading to the Netherlands today to compete in the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday.
“The Ardennes classics are a very important goal in my season. It will be essential to perform well there. I feel ready,” Benoît Cosnefroy said.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Circuit Cycliste Sarthe – Pays de la Loire, stage 1 Benoît Cosnefroy 2nd

Benoît Cosnefroy: “Feeling good physically”

“I wanted to get into the main break but I couldn’t. This first stage had some difficult points in the middle of the course. We took advantage of it with Clément Venturini’s attack. A big group rejoined us with some of the favorites. There was then a standoff within the peloton and we held on till the finish. I am feeling good physically, I tried to attack with a kilometer to go, which allowed me to be well positioned for the final sprint and to secure this second place. This is a good result to kick off the period of racing that I am facing.”Benoit


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Benoît Cosnefroy posted his second podium of the 2022 season with this second place. He took third place in the Drôme Classic at the end of February.


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19th place for Aurélien Paret-Peintre in stage 2 of Itzulia Basque Country

Aurélien Paret-Peintre took 19th place in the same time as the winner of the day. He is 21st overall, thirty seconds behind the race leader.

— Léo Bochet to ag2rcitroenteam.com

La Route Adélie de Vitré: Dorian Godon 2nd

Dorian Godon : « I’ll take a victory soon »

« We came to win today. The team was united, everyone on the team responded ‘present’ and we tried to be aggressive by forcing the echelons. I made my move at the foot of the final climb, and I wasn’t missing much to win this final sprint. This podium is a positive step. My form is good, so it bodes well for the future and for taking a victory soon. »Dorian

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Lilian Calmejane took 8th in la Route Adélie de Vitré. After this 6th round of the Coupe de France, the AG2R CITROËN TEAM retains first place in the general team classification.

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The AG2R CITROËN TEAM to feature in the Netflix documentary project

The AG2R CITROËN TEAM is among the 8 teams selected for the Netflix documentary series at the Tour de France. It will be made up of 8 episodes and will trace the journey of 8 teams throughout this year’s Grande Boucle, from the start of preparing for the race to the finish on the Champs-Elysées.

— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Sonny Colbrelli 2nd at Coppa Sabatini

Sonny Colbrelli crossed the line behind Michael Valgren (EF Education-Nippo) on an uphill sprint to the line at Coppa Sabatini.

This year’s Gran Premio Citta di Peccioli was a bit different than in the previous years. It was 210 km long with three different circuits which always passed through the tiny picturesque old city Peccioli.

Despite an early breakaway, Bahrain Victorious took control of the race to manage the gap. Sonny was positioned very well at the penultimate climb and was one of the protagonists who pushed the group. On the final climb, Colbrelli and seven riders went up the road with a minute to the peloton. With several attacks, Sonny chose the right moment to follow Valgren but ultimately had to settle for second as fatigue from his efforts in the European Championships set in.

Coppa Sabatini 2021 – Gran Premio Citta di Peccioli – 69th Edition – Peccioli – Peccioli 210,8 km – 16/09/2021 – Sonny Colbrelli (ITA – Bahrain Victorious) – photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021

Sonny Colbrelli: “I gave it my all today. In the late breakaway group, I always pull at the front. They were in two of the same team, and obviously, Valgren stayed behind. Therefore, in the finale, he has more energy left. I can’t say I’m happy with a second-place result, as I always want to win. Today more than ever, I’m wearing the European Champion jersey and wanted to take the first win with it. Besides that, my teammates, especially Domen Novak and Jonathan Milan, worked hard, and I wanted to repay them with a victory”.

Alberto Volpi, Bahrain Victorious Sports Director: “We are satisfied with today’s racing. Guys followed the instructions and the team strategy. Sonny was at the end well positioned with the help of all his teammates. Unfortunately, he didn’t have strength in the last few meters, and he finished 2nd.”

Sonny Colbrelli can soon have another opportunity to take the first victory with the European Champion jersey, as he will lead Bahrain Victorious at Memorial Marco Pantani, scheduled on Saturday 18th September. The Italian Champion already won this race in 2014, which wants to remember one of the most beloved Italian cyclists of all time.

This edition will feature a traditional route of 196km from Castrocaro Terme Terra del Sole to Cesenatico. A challenging course, including the Montevecchio circuit with a 5km climb (average slope of 6-8% with peaks of 13-14%) to be covered three times. Then the race heads towards the sea, with the finale on the Cesenatico 5km circuit to repeat four times, for a total of Km 20.

Alberto Volpi, Bahrain Victorious SD: “Memorial Pantani is always a particular race with a challenging first part with many climbs and a second easier part on the plain. We aim to win the race with our leader Sonny Colbrelli, supported by Domen Novak. We will also try to enter in the break with Pernsteiner, Padun and Williams”.

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— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com