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French National Championships in Epinal (June 17-20)

Vincent Lavenu : « The race everyone dreams of winning »

«The French Championship is always an important moment in the season. It is first of all the cycling festival with all the teams gathered at the start. The “French Nationals” is the gateway to summer and the Tour which begins just six days later. The tricolor jersey is everyone’s dream, from cadets to professionals. And of course that will be our goal again this year. We arrive in Epinal with humility but with great desire. The Vosges circuit is expected to be difficult and we can have legitimate ambitions. Benoît Cosnefroy showed that he has regained a very good level after his knee problems, Aurélien Paret-Peintre was among the best riders at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Guys like Tony Gallopin and Nans Peters have proven that they are not very far from taking more victories. Geoffrey Bouchard came out of the Giro d’Italia in very good form. We have no shortage of options, and we are all looking forward to the start. »Vincent

The number

13

Thirteen riders from our team will be at the start of the French Championship in Epinal: Lilian Calmejane,Clément Champoussin, Benoît Cosnefroy, Julien Duval, Tony Gallopin, Dorian Godon, Alexis Gougeard, (TT June 17), Aurélien Paret-Peintre (TT June 17), Nans Peters, Nicolas Prodhomme, Marc Sarreau, Damien Touze.

The news

The other national championships

For the first time in our history, we will line up 5 riders at the start of a non-French championship. In Belgium, Stan Dewulf, Lawrence and Oliver Naesen, Greg Van Avermaet and Gijs Van Hoecke will start the road race on Sunday, June 20 in Waregem. In Switzerland, Michaël Schär and Mathias Frank, whose last race will be the Swiss road race on June 20 in Knutwil. In Luxembourg, Bob Jungels will defend his time trial title on June 18 in Harlange before lining up at the start of the road race two days later. In Italy, Andrea Vendrame will start the road race on June 20, which will take place on the Imola circuit.

— Kevin Bottin to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com