Tour du Jura: Victory for Ben O’Connor

Ben O’ Connor: “It feels good in view of the Tour”

“I felt really good today. It was fun, really fun. We had decided to do an aggressive race. You had to be concentrated the entire time because there are tons of climbs and descents all day long. It’s a great day for the whole AG2R CITROËN TEAM. Yesterday I had no legs in the final. But then, everything was fine. At the end today, I was nervous with Herrada by my side. I just did the best effort I could. I am really happy. It feels good in view of the Tour de France, which will be a big challenge. My start to the season has not been easy. But I always tried to have fun at every race. I will approach my next race, the Tour de Romandie, with the ambition to do well.”Ben


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Ben O’Connor’s victory, his second after winning the third stage of the Volta Ciclista y Catalunya, is the third for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM this season. Marc Sarreau won Cholet-Pays de Loire.


The news

Five riders in the top ten

The AG2R CITROËN TEAM placed five riders in the top ten of the Tour du Jura. In addition to Ben O’Connor, Dorian Godon took fifth, Lilian Calmejane seventh, Nans Peters eighth and Clément Champoussin tenth.

— Léo Bochet to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Ángel Madrazo acaricia el maillot de la montaña en el Tour du Jura – BURGOS BH

Ofensiva actitud del equipo en la prueba francesa y de un Ángel Madrazo muy activo en la primera mitad, buscando los cortes y puntuando en las subidas de montaña. Mario Aparicio sigue creciendo y lo demostró con una gran actuación en la difícil etapa de Turquía.

Cierre de nivel para el Burgos BH en los Alpes franceses. El Tour du Jura tuvo en la parte inicial el nombre propio de un Ángel Madrazo que se filtró en las escapadas, peleó por la montaña y supo dar protagonismo al equipo. En uno de los primeros grupos de unos 8 ciclistas que cogieron diferencias, el cántabro mostró su garra y coronó en primera posición la Côte de Mont Sur Monnet. Siempre en posiciones cabeceras, se quedó en la segunda plaza en la Côte de Lent y de esta forma por tan solo un punto no consiguió vestirse con el maillot de la montaña.

Ángel Madrazo: «La carrera salió a tope, primero en un grupo de 21 ciclistas que fue el que disputó la primera subida puntuable y luego entraron por detrás otros 30 ciclistas. Al estar solo, he gastado mucho para tratar de volver a puntuar y me he quedado realmente cerca. Las sensaciones son muy buenas a ritmo, pero ya la alergia me está empezando a pasar factura cuando tengo que apretar para los ataques».

— comunicacion to www.burgosproteam.com

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.

The news

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

Top 20 for Lozano at the Tour du Jura

Sport director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“Hard day. We knew what was in store for us, but it didn’t change anything. Unfortunately Andrea paid for yesterday’s crash today and after being very active in the opening kilometers trying to get into the breakaway, it became apparent that he had problems with his thigh and was not pedaling fluidly.”

“Then we lost Peter to a crash and after trying to remount and continue, he unfortunately also had to abandon. On a positive note we had David who worked hard and finished really well and I have to say that Lucas impressed me very much in his first races with the pro team.”

“It’s clear that he has worked very hard on his recovery and also his training program. He struggled a little today, but I like what I saw from him.”

Andrea Peron:

“I’m really disappointed to be honest, I was going well yesterday until the crash and even after I managed to finish the race I thought, ok, I’ll be good to go tomorrow. But after the second attack to get in the breakaway I was in pain and had restricted movement in my right leg and couldn’t continue.”

Lucas Dauge:

“It’s been a great few days with the team. Being with the guys and above all getting back to racing, especially in the sunshine on French roads.”

“I didn’t know what to expect from my condition after so long without competition. I knew that I had put the work in and my only objective was to come through the races in the best shape possible.”

David Lozano:

“Today I felt better than yesterday out there. I think the course suited me really well and my last race was at the Tour du Limousin so France has been good to me lately.”

“The hills were pretty sharp and steep with gradients over 20%, but I like that when I’m feeling good so it wasn’t a problem. I hope we can have a good last few weeks of racing now and give our all for a result in Slovakia and Croatia.”

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com

French weekend at the foot of the Alps for Team Novo Nordisk at Besancon & Jura

The world’s first all diabetes professional cycling team carry their message of inspiration and empowerment to France at the weekend for successive one day races at the Classic Grand Besancon Doubs and the Tour of Jura.

Following hot on the heels of two tough races in Belgium, Team Novo Nordisk will face similar challenges as they race through over the climbs and stunning river valleys of the Doubs with young French climber Lucas Dauge finally set to make his full debut for the pro team after a year beset by injuries and recuperation.

“I can’t believe it’s finally happening,” said Dauge. “I crashed way back in December 2020 in Girona during pre-season training and broke my Tibia and Fibula. I had two surgeries and a long period immobile, around three months before weeks of intense physio sessions to be able to walk again and rebuild my strength.”

“Starting from scratch was a real challenge, but I embraced it and although the process was very long, I stayed patient and worked hard, to be back at training on the bike this summer. My family, friends, physio, doctor and the team gave me a lot of support throughout this whole situation and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

There will be no pressure for Dauge as he eases back into racing with compatriot Mehdi Benahmouda also returning and racing in support of Spanish climber David Lozano and the versatile, in form Italian Andrea Peron, both set to lead the team.”

“We are very pleased that Lucas has made it back in time to race before the end of the season,” said General Manager Vassili Davidenko. “It was such an unfortunate sequence of events and he has shown real determination and dedication to over-come the challenges in front of him this year and we are excited to have Lucas making his first senior appearance.”

After solid performances in Belgium Italian Umberto Poli also comes straight into the line-up for France with Swiss rouleur Oliver Behringer making the short to trip over the border to complete the team alongside former Hungarian road champion Peter Kusztor.

“This line-up has a good balance of experience and versatility,” continued Davidenko. “It’s important that our leaders step up and show what we can do at the weekend. Important for the team, but also for our younger guys like Lucas and Oliver who will be gaining more valuable experience at these challenging races.”

First up is the Classic Grand Besancon Doubs on Friday with 172.5 kilometers of repeated sharp climbs including the Côte D’Arguel and the Col de la Grande Côte.

For Saturday’s Tour du Jura the peloton will face some hilly circuits totalling 181.7 kilometers with ascents such as the Côte de Mancy which maybe short, but tops out with gradients of 22%, a wall by any another name.

The race takes place around the spa town of Lons le Saunier, surrounded by picturesque vineyards that cover the lower slopes of the local hills and the winding ancient roads.

“I am excited that I’m finally here, getting ready to pull on the Team Novo Nordisk jersey as a full professional for the first time,” concluded Dauge. “I know these races will be hard, I have been in this area before and it’s beautiful and very hilly, but I am very motivated to give it everything.”

Team Novo Nordisk at Classic Grand Besancon Doubs and the Tour of Jura, 3rd & 4th September:

Oliver Behringer (SUI, 25)

Mehdi Benhamouda (26)

Lucas Dauge (FR, 24)

Peter Kusztor (HUN, 36)

David Lozano (ESP, 32)

Andrea Peron (IT, 32)

Umberto Poli (IT, 25)

— Tim Lindley to www.teamnovonordisk.com