Tour de Romandie (5th stage): Ben O’Connor fifth overall

Ben O’Connor : « It’s a solid result »

« It was not my best day of the week but I went as hard as I could in the time trial. Taking fifth overall, while battling for stage wins, it’s a solid result. I am happy with the work of the whole team and proud of my overall position. It’s a good sign, especially since this season I have always finished in the top-10 in the final classification of the stage races that I have finished. I will stay in Switzerland for a few days to rest and reconnoiter some Swiss stages of the Tour de France before leaving for a training camp in the Sierra Nevada (May 12th to 29th). My form and my results are in line with what I expected for this time of year. The next goal is to get on the podium in a stage race»Ben


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Ben O’Connor, 10th in the time trial and 5th overall at the Tour de Romandie, finished in the top-10 for the third time in a stage race this season. He finished 7th in the Vuelta a Andalucia and 6th in the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, where he won the third stage. He also won the Tour du Jura.

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17th at Eschborn-Frankfurt

Andrea Vendrame, despite having his chain jump in the final, finished in 17th place in Eschborn-Frankfurt which ended in a sprint.

— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Tour de Romandie (Stage 4) : Ben O’Connor 4th

Ben O’Connor : « It went well today »

« It went well today. Everyone was really good and committed to the cause of helping me for the best result possible. It was really windy so it was really difficult to make an aggressive move sadly. I made a mistake in the finish, I just got a bit blocked really, otherwise I thought I had the chance to win. Disappointed on one end, but at the same time super ready for tomorrow because I just have to stay calm, trust the good legs, and do the best time possible tomorrow. »Ben


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On the eve of the final time trial, Ben O’Connor is also in fourth place in the general classification, 25” behind leader Rohan Dennis.

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The selection for the Giro d’Italia to be unveiled on Monday

The selection of the eight riders from the AG2R CITROËN TEAM who will compete in the Giro d’Italia (May 6-29) will be announced on Monday.

— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com

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.


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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

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya: Ben O’Connor 6th overall

Ben O’Connor: « Confirmation that I can ride with the best »

« I am very happy with my week. In addition to my stage victory, it’s confirmation that I can compete with the best overall in a UCI WorldTour race.
To have worn the leader’s jersey for one day was a great experience for me and the team. The guys were top notch. For my part, I’ll remember that it will be necessary to be calmer next time.
Of course, I was sad to have lost the jersey after the one stage, but I have no regrets. We did our best every day and this is the best place we could get.
I now turn to the Tour de Romandie. After having had to abandon Paris-Nice, I want to get a great result in Romandie as well as the ones to follow. I am hungry for more. »Ben

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Clément Venturini finished 7th in La Roue Tourangelle Centre Val de Loire.
Marc Sarreau, ill and out of the race, remains the leader in the individual classification of the Coupe de France.

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Gent-Wevelgem: Greg Van Avermaet 17th

Greg Van Avermaet finished 17th in Gent-Wevelgem.
“It was a tactical race. I’m happy to have played a role in the front today. I only needed ten more meters to make it into the group that ultimately went for the win. There is a small hint of disappointment but that’s how it is sometimes. There are two races left next week to get a great result during these Flanders classics,” said Greg Van Avermaet.

— Romain Perez Canales to ag2rcitroenteam.com

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (stage 3): Ben O’Connor takes the stage and the leader’s jersey

Ben O’Connor : “I knew my form was there”

«I was sick and I had to abandon Paris-Nice, which was one of my early season goals. I approached this week with confidence, though, because I knew that my form was there. Today, I did not expect to finish alone because I believed that other guys would be able to follow me. But I decided to try my luck in the finale and it worked. It was not necessarily a climb that suited me. I like the high mountains. I knew I had to be smart to follow those who would attack.
I know that the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya is a tricky race but, with my teammates, I will try to keep this leader’s jersey until the end.»Ben

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After Marc Sarreau’s victory on Sunday in Cholet-Pays de Loire, Ben O’Connor’s victory is the second of the 2022 season for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM… and the second in three days.

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eight stitches for Nans Peters

The victim of a crash 15 km from the finish on Tuesday in the second stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Nans Peters hit his knee and required eight stitches. He is expected to return to training in the coming days.

— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com