Tour de France (stage 20): Ben O’Connor 4th in GC, Aurélien Paret Peintre 15th

Ben O’Connor : «I’m taking a new step forward»

«On Friday, I felt a lot of emotion thinking about the Tour de France, and what I was doing. Today, I am super happy. I have taken a new step forward with a team that trusted an Australian rider. When I think back to what we went through the first day, where I thought I had a fractured shoulder, had stitches and was sore all over the place, and that most of the team had also crashed, I can only savor what we are going through right now.»Ben

Aurélien Paret-Peintre : «I’m satisfied»

« It was a difficult time in a superb landscape… which I found very beautiful to watch on TV before taking the start. I am happy to finish my first Tour de France. My results are pretty good, even if the last week was difficult. I was able to get into two great breakaways which pushed me forward towards a good spot in the overall classification. I am satisfied.»Aurélien

Le chiffre


With Ben O’Connor’s 4th place, it will be the eighth time since 2014 that a rider from the AG2R CITROËN TEAM has finished in the top 10 of the Tour de France.

Jean-Christophe Péraud finished 2nd in 2014, Romain Bardet, 2nd in 2016, 3rd in 2017, 6th in both 2014 and in 2018, as well as 9th in 2015, and now Ben O’Connor is 4th in 2021.

The news

Ben O’Connor will return to racing at the Deutschland Tour

After a few days off, Ben O’Connor will return to competition at the Deutschland Tour (August 26-29). He should then participate in the Tour du Jura (September 4), the Tour du Doubs (September 5) and the Tour du Luxembourg (September 14-18).

Aurélien Paret Peintre, Nans Peters, and Dorian Godon will compete in the Tour de l’Ain (July 29 – August 1).

Oliver Naesen will be at the start of the Arctic Race (August 5-8) and then the Cyclacics Hamburg (August 22).

Greg Van Avermaet, Michaël Schär and Benoit Cosnefroy will participate to the Olympic race (July 24th).

These programs are subject to change.

— Antonin Uvietta to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com

Paul Lapeira and Valentin Paret Peintre will join the professionals in 2022

The AG2R CITROËN TEAM has signed Paul Lapeira, 21, and Valentin Paret Peintre, 20, for two and three years, respectively.

Both are members of the AG2R CITROËN U23 team, Chambéry Cyclisme Formation, and now they will join the professional squad beginning in the 2022 season


““These are two riders who we have been following for a long time. They come from our training center, which validates the quality of the work carried out there for 20 years.Paul is a puncheur and a victory hunter. Valentin is a real climber and will be able to shine in the mountain stages. We are happy to welcome them among us.”


Born 21 February 2000.
Lives in Grandparigny (Manche)
Third in the road race of the 2021 French Amateur Championship
Winner of GP of Saint-Etienne Loire and the GP du commerce et de l’industrie de San Vendeiamo.

« It’s a childhood dream come true. When I was 10 years old and people would ask me what I want to be, I would say a professional cyclist. This is just the start; I want to have a long and beautiful career among the pros. I spent five years in the AG2R CITROËN TEAM organization, so it was the next logical step to start my career with this team. I know where I’m going and that gives me confidence.»


Born 14 January 2001.
Originally from Annemasse (Haute Savoie), lives in Chambéry (Savoie).
Winner of the Classique des Alpes juniors 2019
5th at the 2021 French Amateur Championship

« It’s a great pleasure to turn professional. When we are little, we would go to the Tour de France and we started dreaming. Today the dream is coming true. It’s not an accomplishment because there is still a lot to do, but I already can feel a bit of pride. Joining the AG2R CITROËN TEAM was the obvious choice. I have been at the training center for 4 years. I will join my brother (Aurélien), and that will make it easier for me. We are very happy for our family who will be coming to see us both at the same races now. When we were young, we never imagined that one of us was going to join the pro ranks, so for both of us to be able to… it’s really beautiful.»



Chambéry Cyclisme Formation, created in September 2001, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year.
The structure highlights the dual project which combines a school or university course and a high-level sports program. Since 2006, more than forty of its residents have become professionals.


35 kilometers of cycling this morning

Dorian Godon, Oliver Naesen, Ben O’Connor, Aurélien Paret Peintre, Michaël Schär and Greg Van Avermaet completed a training ride of 35 kilometers. Benoit Cosnefroy, for his part, chose to do a session on the home trainer.

— Antonin Uvietta to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com