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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

 

The number

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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.

 

The news

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

Bahrain Victorious to Brabantse Pijl 

Jan Tratnik leads a strong lineup for Bahrain Victorious at the 62nd  edition of Brabanste Pijl. Starting in Leuven, the riders will race 205.1km taking on a total of 25 climbs before finishing in Overijse, making up a total of just over 2000 vertical metres. 

Tratnik has shown great form coming into the race after placing just outside the top ten at Flanders and Amstel and finishing 9th at Dwaars. Jan will have the support of Teuns, Arashiro, Maciejuk, Haig, Sanchez and  Taiwan National champion Feng who makes his season debut at the race.

Sports Director Roman Kreuziger shared his thoughts ahead of the race:

“As we saw on Sunday, the guys are in good shape even though we are changing the lineup a bit. We’ve got Feng, Arashiro and Sanchez coming from Basque and Taiwan.

We’ve got Filip, Arashiro and Feng, who will play their part at the beginning of the race. Then in the final, we’ve got Jack and Dylan in the circuit, which we will do three times, which is usually where the race will be decided, so we will need to stay focused there. We need to make sure we follow the groups, be up there, and give Jan the best possible chance in the final for the last lap.”

— Simona Mazzoleni to bahraincyclingteam.com

De Brabantse Pijl (April 13)

Larry Warbasse : « Support Benoît Cosnefroy as much as possible »

“The Amstel Gold Race perfectly launched the Ardennes Classics campaign for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. We were all happy with Benoît Cosnefroy’s second place despite the events after the finish (he was initially announced as the winner). There are still three classics where we can expect great things, starting with the Flèche Brabançonne. It’s a tough race where only those with the best legs have a chance to go for the win. With what he has already shown, Benoît Cosnefroy will be one of the favorites. Our role will be to accompany him and position him as well as possible. He must be fresh when the strongest start attacking, and then it’s up to him. I can’t wait to see what he can do. For my part, I am happy with my form which is improving day by day. It is a pleasure to work for the team in these conditions.”Larry

The number

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Benoît Cosnefroy has twice finished in the top 10 in two appearances at La Flèche Brabançonne.
He took third place in 2020 and eighth in 2021.

The news

Clément Venturini out of Paris-Camembert and the Tour du Jura

The victim of a crash on Friday in the last stage of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe – Pays de la Loire (April 8), Clément Venturini will not participate in Paris-Camembert (April 12) and the Tour du Jura (April 16), both of which were initially on his program. A medical report will be released later.

— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com