Geoffrey Bouchard : « Happy to win finally »
« It’s a great victory. This is a race where the riders who will compete for the general classification at the Giro d’Italia are completing their preparation. Last year, at the Giro, I came very close to taking a stage. I’m happy finally to win as a pro. I have already won King of the Mountains jerseys in two Grand Tours, but that does not have the flavor of a victory. When I knew that the peloton was gaining on me, I got out of the saddle and I said to myself: “you can’t sit down anymore.” Whatever the lead, we had to win. I compete in a lot of WorldTour races where the level is very high. It is therefore necessary to know how to seize the slightest opportunity. »Geoffrey
Geoffrey Bouchard’s victory, the first of his professional career, is the fourth success of the season for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. Ben O’Connor won the third stage at the Volta ciclista y Catalunya and the Tour du Jura, and Marc Sarreau won Cholet-Pays de Loire. It is the 496th victory for the team since its founding in 1992.
Race leader and best climber
Geoffrey Bouchard wears both the general classification leader’s jersey and the King of the Mountain’s jersey. Since turning professional in 2019, he has won the King of the Mountain’s jersey at the Vuelta a Espana in 2019 and at the Giro d’Italia in 2021.
— Kévin Bottin to ag2rcitroenteam.com