Circuit Cycliste Sarthe – Pays de la Loire, stage 1 Benoît Cosnefroy 2nd

Benoît Cosnefroy: “Feeling good physically”

“I wanted to get into the main break but I couldn’t. This first stage had some difficult points in the middle of the course. We took advantage of it with Clément Venturini’s attack. A big group rejoined us with some of the favorites. There was then a standoff within the peloton and we held on till the finish. I am feeling good physically, I tried to attack with a kilometer to go, which allowed me to be well positioned for the final sprint and to secure this second place. This is a good result to kick off the period of racing that I am facing.”Benoit


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Benoît Cosnefroy posted his second podium of the 2022 season with this second place. He took third place in the Drôme Classic at the end of February.


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19th place for Aurélien Paret-Peintre in stage 2 of Itzulia Basque Country

Aurélien Paret-Peintre took 19th place in the same time as the winner of the day. He is 21st overall, thirty seconds behind the race leader.

— Léo Bochet to ag2rcitroenteam.com

La Roue Tourangelle Centre Val de Loire (March 27)

Anthony Jullien: « I have always remained positive »

« My last race dates back almost six months (October 5, 2021). I can’t wait to start my 2022 season especially since the wait has been long. In agreement with the medical staff of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM and the cardiologist who follows me, we have decided that I can return to competition (Anthony Jullien has benign disorders of the adaptation of the heart rhythm).
This period was not easy for me, but I was well supported by the team, and the situation was well managed.
My sensations are very good in training so I can’t wait to see what it will be like in the race, and especially during the rounds of the Coupe de France. I have always remained positive by thinking of myself racing again, and that is what I train for. »Anthony

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Twenty-nine days after suffering multiple collarbone fractures after crashing in the first kilometers of the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on February 26, Lawrence Naesen is making his return to competition.

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Marc Sarreau at the top of the Coupe de France leaderboard

After the first four rounds, Marc Sarreau, winner of Cholet – Pays de la Loire, is at the top of the individual classification of the Coupe de France.
The AG2R CITROËN TEAM leads the team classification and Paul Lapeira is 6th in the Best Young Rider classification.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Cholet Pays de Loire: victory for Marc Sarreau

Marc Sarreau: “It feels good”

“The finale was intense. Paul Lapeira was in the breakaway on the last lap. In the peloton, we followed the attacks well and when the breakaway riders were caught, I was well positioned thanks to Clément Venturini, who placed me well. With the headwind, I pulled the trigger 250m from the line. It’s a real relief because it’s been a long time since I have won a race. I have experienced bad luck with injuries, crashes, an iliac artery operation, covid… It feels good to win. Next Sunday, I will take on the Roue Tourangelle, which I have already won, with good spirits.”Marc


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Marc Sarreau’s victory is the first success of 2022 for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. This is the second time that Marc Sarreau has won Cholet Pays de Loire and the 13th victory of his professional career. He won this race in 2019. He had not won since Paris-Bourges 2019.


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Marc Sarreau and AG2R CITROËN Team leading the Coupe de France

Thanks to his victory in Cholet-Pays de Loire, Marc Sarreau took the lead in the Coupe de France. The AG2R CITROËN TEAM consolidated its first place in the team classification. Paul Lapeira, caught just 500 meters from the line having already taken 4th the day before at the Classic Loire Atlantique, is sixth in the Best Young Rider classification.

— Léo Bochet to ag2rcitroenteam.com