Vincent Lavenu : « A Tour which suits the qualities of the team »
« Learning what the route of the Tour de France is always a rather unique moment. The first part promises to be tricky starting in Denmark with the wind, the flatness and then moving onto the cobblestones. We will have to be attentive and use the whole team to support our leaders. The Tour will then be very demanding with a lot of mountains. It suits the qualities of the team. One of the highlights of these three weeks will be the Col du Granon. I have fond memories of the Tour passing on this one, I was on the side of the road with my children. It’s a very difficult climb. »Vincent
Aurélien Paret-Peintre : « More mountainous than last year »
« It’s a bit more mountainous than last year. We will have a good start in a flat and windy country, then the Alps will quickly come, where there will be very difficult stages that we know well. These are legendary places and it promises to be superb. Crossing France will also be more complicated than usual with a passage through the Massif Central and then we will have beautiful climbs in the Pyrenees.
The second rest day will take place close to home, in Morzine, then we will cross the entire Haute-Savoie department via a very beautiful route, especially on the shores of Lake Geneva. It’s going to be a lot of fun for me »Aurélien
Benoît Cosnefroy : « A route that inspires me »
« It’s a Tour de France that inspires me and it’s always a special emotion to discover the course. As always, we find stages where there will be opportunities to find success. The start looks very stressful with the wind and then the cobbles. There will be a lot of uncertainty for each of the stages. »Benoît
Since its first participation in 1993, the AG2R CITROËN TEAM has won 20 stages of the Tour de France. It has also climbed on the podium of the final general classification on 3 occasions (Jean-Christophe Péraud 2nd in 2014 and Romain Bardet 2nd in 2016 and 3rd 2017).
Presentation of the academy
The training program for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM has existed for 20 years. The AG2R CITROËN U19 and AG2R CITROËN U23 teams give young people aged 17 to 22 the chance to learn about cycling at a high level while continuing their school career. Watch a video presentation about the programs HERE
— Kevin Bottin to www.ag2rcitroenteam.com