Valentin Retailleau, a member of the AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM, the reigning French U23 Champion and 3rd in Gent-Wevelgem U23 on Sunday, March 27, will turn professional with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM on August 1 with a contract through 2024.
He had been a stagiaire in the AG2R CITROËN TEAM from August to October 2021.
Valentin Retailleau : « It’s an accomplishment »
« I am very happy to turn professional with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. After six years in their training program, it is an accomplishment. I thank the team for the trust it has placed in me for all these years and at least until 2024. My time as a stagiaire with the team from August to October 2021 went very well and we managed to reach an agreement for me to join the team in August 2022. This allows me to finish my studies (a bachelor’s degree in business school) before devoting myself fulltime to cycling.
I can’t wait to meet up with my old friends from the AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM and get to know my new teammates. I want to learn as much as possible from those who have more experience so I can continue to progress.»Valentin
Vincent Lavenu : « An exemplary career »
« Given his exemplary career in recent years within our training program, Valentin (Retailleau) rightfully has his place within the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.
In parallel with his university studies, he was able to progress athletically and obtained excellent results such as his title of U23 French Champion and his recent third place at the U23 Gent-Wevelgem. Valentin has a very interesting puncheur’s profile. And we have already seen his talent and his ability to blend into the group during his time as a stagiaire last year. The signing of this contract once again pays tribute to the work carried out by our two training programs and to the overall concept, namely, moving into the professionals while still having the chance to complete a university degree. »Vincent
Born 18 June 2000 (21 years old)
Originally from Oradour-sur-Glane (Haute-Vienne), lives in Chambéry (Savoie)
U23 Champion of France in 2021
Winner of the first stage and third in the general classification of the Tour de Bretagne (2.2) in 2021
3rd U23 Gent-Wevelgem in 2022
Valentin Retailleau will be the 30th rider on the 2022 squad for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. After Clément Champoussin, Benoît Cosnefroy, Anthony Jullien, Paul Lapeira, Aurélien Paret-Peintre, Valentin Paret-Peintre, Nans Peters, Nicolas Prodhomme and Antoine Raugel, Valentin Retailleau will be the 10th rider from the AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM, i.e. a third of the 2022 squad. With Geoffrey Bouchard, Paul Lapeira, Valentin Paret-Peintre, Nans Peters, Antoine Raugel, Damien Touzé and Clément Venturini, Valentin Retailleau will be the 8th rider from the AG2R CITROËN U19.
In total, he is the twenty-fifth rider from the AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM to join the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. The first was Blaise Sonnery in 2007.
Valentin Retailleau, pure product of the training program
Valentin Retailleau has been part of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM since 2017.
He spent two seasons with the AG2R CITROËN U19 TEAM (2017-2018) and has been with the AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM for four years (2019 to 2022).
— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com