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Boucles de l’Aulne – Châteaulin: Stan Dewulf, 3rd

Stan Dewulf : « The best possible result today »

« It was a very active and aggressive race. An early break went quickly which included three riders from the AG2R CITROËN TEAM with Clément Venturini, Paul Lapeira, and Valentin Paret-Peintre. After a big battle, I was then able to get into the decisive breakaway with a group of nine riders to fight for victory. We fought with the peloton on this difficult course. Third place today is objectively the best result I could have hoped for with my form at the moment. I had better legs than yesterday, but didn’t feel amazing either. It is certain that my victory last year in this race gave me the confidence to clinch the podium today. »Stan

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2

This is the second podium in two years for Stan Dewulf at the Boucles de l’Aulne-Châteaulin. He won this event last year.

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Giro d’Italia (15th stage): Mikael Chérel 41st

Mikaël Chérel dans l’échappée du jour.
« Mikael Chérel in the breakaway of the 15th stage of the Giro d’Italia.
« The day’s stage was conducive to a successful breakaway. I managed to get into the right breakaway, and we had two riders from the AG2R CITROËN TEAM along with Nicolas Prodhomme. Eventually the strongest riders went to the end, but I quickly saw that I lacked the necessary energy. The first two weeks of this Giro d’Italia have been difficult, and I didn’t have very good legs today. I raced with what I had. I have no regrets today, and we will try again in the third week. » says Mikael Chérel.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

2ND OVERALL AT ROMANDIE FOR GINO MADER AFTER HE AND CARUSO FINISH 3RD & 4TH ON THE FINAL STAGE

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

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (stage 5): Dorian Godon 3rd

Dorian Godon: “Working for Ben O’Connor has elevated us”

« It’s not a victory but I’m happy with the result. This is my second podium in the UCI WorldTour. The day was long but not very difficult. We were active at the start of the stage to get into the breakaway, but it was complicated with the headwind.
The last kilometers were winding so I wanted to join in the final sprint. I have no regrets; I couldn’t have done better.
My sensations are getting better day by day. Yesterday when we worked to defend Ben (O’Connor)’s leader’s jersey, we rode really well.
The last two stages suit me and I hope to do even better than today. Taking a win in the UCI WorldTour is my goal this year.
We will also do everything to ensure that Ben gets the best possible place in the general classification on Sunday evening.»Dorian

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6

Ahead of the last two stages, Ben O’Connor is in 6th place in the general classification of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, 18” behind the leader.

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E3 Saxo Bank Classic: Oliver Naesen 21st

Oliver Naesen finished 21st in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic.
“It was impossible to follow the top fifteen of the day today. There are days when the legs just do not respond. We will have to raise our heads and show another face on Sunday, in Gent-Wevelgem. The squad is good and it’s important to bounce back for the rest of the Flanders campaign,” said Julien Jurdie, sporting director of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com