Doubs et Jura vont m’ouvrir aux Wallonnes

Luc Wirtgen s’engage en Franche-Comté (Fr) pour y disputer la Classic Grand Besançon Doubs (1.1) et le Tour du Jura (1.1). Les deux courses aux profils ardus seront, pour notre jeune coureur luxembourgeois, la préparation finale en vue des deux classiques ardennaises, la Flèche Wallonne et Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Luc a passé un beau cap en 2022: il s’est notamment classé 3e de l’étape reine du Tour d’Antalya en début de saison et 6e de la Per Sempre Alfredo. Une grippe persistance l’a toutefois perturbé ces dernières semaines.

Luc Wirtgen. « J’ai souffert d’une grosse grippe ces derniers jours. Cela m’a pris deux semaines pour retrouver la santé et l’entraînement, depuis de dimanche. Les deux courses française à Besançon et dans le Jura, où j’avais terminé 9e en 2021, tombent bien pour moi car elles vont me permettre de voir où j’en suis en vue des deux classiques wallonnes de la semaine prochaine. La forme est restée, je dois juste retrouver le rythme de compétition que j’avais au début de la saison. Je suis confiant. Je pense que le travail effectué avec notre entraîneur Christophe Prémont m’a permis de faire en nouveau pas en avant dans la spécialité de grimpeur-puncheur. J’ai été récompensé pour tout le travail à Antalya et cela m’a beaucoup encouragé pour la suite. La période actuelle est très importante et les deux courses françaises qui viennent sont idéales pour préparer la Flèche wallonne et Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Les deux parcours français me conviennent bien et nous avons une très bonne équipe pour bien performer. Le terrain est idéal pour la suite. »

Flèche? Doyenne? « Je dirais les deux, mais j’ai quand même un petit penchant pour Liège-Bastogne-Liège, même si c’est la course la plus dure que j’ai disputée. On arrive à bout de forces. Mais c’est ça qui rend cette course extraordinaire. »

Sélection pour le Doubs et le Jura

— eric to www.wbca.be

Classic Grand Besançon Doubs (April 15) – Tour du Jura Cycliste (April 16)

Nans Peters : « The goal is to win »

“I was lucky enough to get back on my bike quickly after the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (he retired during the second stage after having a crash that required stitches). Since March 28, I have been training at altitude at Etna to prepare in good conditions for the next objectives, which are the Tour de Romandie and then the Giro d’Italia. The Classic Grand Besançon Doubs and the Tour du Jura Cycliste will allow me to refine my condition from training and see where I am in terms of sensations.
We are fielding a very good team on both days and the objective will be simple: to win.
These are races that correspond to our qualities and we have the riders to influence the race. It is up to us to perform well collectively.”Nans

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The AG2R CITROËN TEAM finished on the podium in both events in 2021.
Benoît Cosnefroy won the Tour du Jura Cycliste and Andrea Vendrame finished second in the Classic Grand Besançon Doubs.

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Clément Berthet at home

The Classic Grand Besançon Doubs will finish in Montfaucon, the village where Clément Berthet lives.
“I’m very happy to be racing at home this Friday. During the racing season, few people are so lucky to have a race that ends a few meters from home. I know the roads by heart and the finishing climb is really difficult. It will all be great entertainment,” Clément Berthet said.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Tour du Doubs: Victory for Dorian Godon

Dorian Godon « A lot of great team work »

« It’s the kind of day where you feel like it’s easy since the team is doing such a tremendous job. I was taken care of and protected all day. Everything happened naturally; we didn’t have to say anything to each other. Nans Peters rode in front for 90 km, I was taken to the sprint, and I just had to finish the job. We deserved to share the wheel of Comté that I won. Three victories this season, and my first Tour de France. It’s been a great year and I want to build on the same momentum. I am going to take a few days off because I feel that some days are more difficult than others and I will prepare for the Grand Prix de Wallonie (September 15) where we will definitely have a good team together. »Dorian

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The AG2R CITROËN team wins its eleventh success of the season.
Dorian Godon’s victory is his third success of the season and the third in two days for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM after Clément Champoussin won at the Vuelta a Espana and Benoît Cosnefroy at the Tour du Jura on Saturday. Dorian Godon had already won on Paris-Camembert and at the 2nd stage of the Tour du Limousin.
Ben O’Connor won the 9th stage of the Tour de France, Andrea Vendrame won the 12th stage of the Giro d´Italia and the 1st stage of the Route d´Occitanie,
Aurélien Paret-Peintre won the Grand Prix Cycliste la Marseillaise, Clément Champoussin won the 20th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, and Benoît Cosnefroy won the Bretagne Classic – Ouest France, the Tour du Finistère and the Tour du Jura to complete the roll of honor. Note also Marc Sarreau is the French National Champion on the track in the scratch race and Clément Venturini is French National Champion in cyclocross. The AG2R CITROËN TEAM has won stages in all three grand tours this season. Dorian Godon consolidated his first place in the general classification of the Coupe de France, with 50 points ahead of Benoît Cosnefroy.
The AG2R CITROËN TEAM leads the team standings.

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Tour du Benelux: Greg Van Avermaet 8th at the top of the mur de Grammont

Greg Van Avermaet took eighth place on the 7th and final stage of the Benelux Tour which ended at the top of the mur de Grammont.
“I am really happy with this top 10 after so many weeks without getting any convincing results. I feel like my form is picking up and that’s really good news. Already, on Saturday, I was not so bad. I just didn’t manage to hook up to the right group. Today, with my experience and my knowledge of the course, I knew I could pull off a good performance. I did well in my sprint. I can now build for the end of the season,” said Greg Van Avermaet.

— Kevin Bottin to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com

Kusztor finds his legs at the Classic Grand Besancon Doubs

Sports director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“We had a better day today and it was good to see Peter rediscover his mojo and race with a smile on his face again. I’m not sure how much longer that we could have held on at the front because the pace was high, the crash split things up anyway so it’s a moot point.”

“Andrea is pretty lucky because that was a heavy crash at 60kph and it could have been a lot worse, so we’re thankful that he’s ok and will be ok to race tomorrow. It’s going to be a hard day at the Tour du Jura and we will need all of our resources.”

Peter Kusztor:

“I think I’ve come back quite well after, some good training days at home since the Tour of Denmark and today went better than I expected. The weather was beautiful all day, brilliant sunshine and not much wind. The course was hilly, but the bigger climbs tomorrow and once the breakaway went clear today the peloton eased up and the pace stayed relatively constant until the final third.”

“I managed to stay with the front group until a crash split the bunch with around 20 kilometers to go. Andrea had gone down a little earlier and that was a bigger crash. I was lucky because I manged to avoid the worst of it, but I couldn’t make it back to the front and David and I finished together.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com