« 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
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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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
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.
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.
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« 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
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.
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.
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