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Dwars door Vlaanderen (March 30) / Ronde van Vlaanderen (April 3)

Stan Dewulf : « Be there to help the team »

« The Ronde van Vlaanderen is a very special race. The atmosphere at the start in Antwerp is exceptional. My first two participations (2020 and 2021) were without spectators on the course, so I cannot wait to see what it will be like with everyone there. I love racing the classics and we have a team to do something special this year. We will put everything in place to equal if not improve on the third place Greg (Van Avermaet) scored last year. I really appreciate racing in the team, and I am here to help the collective. I hope to continue to make progress to reach the top level in the coming years. I do not know if I will reach my ultimate potential, but that’s why I’m cycling. »Stan

The number

15

Greg van Avermaet will participate for the fifteenth time in the Ronde van Vlaanderen. He has scored nine top-10s and four podiums (2nd in 2014 and 2017, 3rd in 2015 and 2021). “The Ronde van Vlaanderen is always one of the big goals of my season. I like this race and I have already taken some good results. I hope I can do even better,” says Greg van Avermaet.

— Kévin Bottin 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

The number

29

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.

The news:

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

E3 Saxo Bank Classic (March 25) / Gent-Wevelgem (March 27)

Oliver Naesen : “The hardest classic of the year”

« The E3 Saxo Bank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem are two very beautiful classics. I’m looking forward to them, especially after missing Milano-Sanremo (sick), which is an important race for me. The E3 Saxo Bank Classic is the most difficult classic of the year and I think the series of climbs suits me well. In recent years I have always managed to be in the leading group, so I hope I can be there again. In Gent-Wevelgem, I am a little less in control of my destiny, but anything is possible in the sprint after such a long day (249km). I have a few questions about my form after the flu which forced me to abandon Paris-Nice, but I am motivated to achieve great things with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.”Oliver

The number

4

Oliver Naesen and Greg Van Avermaet have finished in the top 10 of the last four editions of the E3 Saxo Bank Classic.
Oliver Naesen finished 3rd in 2017, 4th in 2018 and 2021 and 8th in 2019.
Greg Van Avermaet won in 2017, took 3rd place in 2018 and 2019 and 6th in 2021.
Bob Jungels also finished in the top 10 in 2019 (5th).

— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com