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"The Tour de France is a true emotional rollercoaster beyond compare. The proof of it is my previous Tour where I knew as well a failure as a victory in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. I cannot wait to start a new adventure.”

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AG2R CITROEN TEAM

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ALEXIS GOUGEARD

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ALEXIS VUILLERMOZ

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BEN GASTAUER

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CYRIL GAUTIER

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DOMENICO POZZOVIVO

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JAN BAKELANTS

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MIKAEL CHEREL

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ROMAIN BARDET

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SAMUEL DUMOULIN

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TOUR DE FRANCE

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01.07.2016 @ 13:41 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Ag2r go into the Tour de France with the goal of getting a podium place with Romain Bardet.

 

Below you can read about the goals for each of the 9 riders and a comment from team manager Vincent Lavenu.

 

Jan Bakelants (Bel) 
Born February 14th, 1986 
30 years old 
Professional since 2008 

 

Palmares:

6 victories including 2 of the Tour de France 2013. 
He wore the yellow jersey during two stages. 

 

Season 2016: 
40 days of competition with1 victory
5 podiums
13 top 10  


Tour de France : 
4th participation

 

According to you the Tour de France is… 
“A special moment in my career especially after my victory in 2013 and the yellow jersey I wore during the following days. It was my first participation and it was an intense memory. Now that I know the taste of victory on the Tour, I really would like to win again.” 

 

Vincent Lavenu’s word:

“Jan is a true all-terrain rider. He is a real fighter who is always ready for the battle. On the Tour he will also be at the service of the team because he is great climber and he is able to win a stage. His team spirit is an asset for our roster.” 


Romain Bardet (Fra) 

Born November 9th, 1990 
25 years old 
Professional since 2012 

 

Palmares: 
4 victories including one on STAGE 18 of the Tour de France 2015 

 

Season 2016: 
43 days of competition with 9 podiums

10 top 5

24 top 10 

 

Tour de France: 
4th participation
9th place overall in 2015 and 6th place overall in 2014 

 

According to you the Tour de France is… 
“The peak of the season and sometimes it could be the peak of a career as well. The Tour is the only one race in the world which has a sports and a cultural prestige. The Tour de France is a true emotional rollercoaster beyond compare. The proof of it is my previous Tour where I knew as well a failure as a victory in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. I cannot wait to start a new adventure.”

 

Vincent Lavenu’s word:
"Romain will be our sole leader for this Tour de France. Recently, during the Criterium du Dauphiné, he showed great attacker skills. He is only 25 years old but he gained in experience and maturity. He raised his way to ride a notch to such an extent that, now, he is among the best riders of the world."

 

Mikäel Cherel (Fra) 
Born March 17th, 1986 
30 years old 
Professional since 2008 

Season 2016: 
41 days of competition with 1 podium
3 top 5
6 top 10 

 

Tour de France: 
4th participation 

 

According to you the Tour de France is… 
“I have been dreaming for a long time to start the Tour de France from my native lands. In the past the Tour brought me great emotions and I truly hope this new edition will bring me the same kind of feelings. I wish my experience could benefit our roster and I would like to assist Romain in the mountain stages." 

 

Vincent Lavenu’s word: 
"Mikael is a substantial cog of our team especially in hilly stages. He will be a valued teammate for Romain in the mountains! Last year, he proved ha had the rider abilities for a Grand Tour by finishing in the Tour top 20 while he did a fantastic job as a teammate." 

Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) 

Born August 20th, 1980 
35 years old 
Professional since 2011 

 

Palmares: 
27 victories including 3 of Tour de France 2008 

 

Season 2016: 
39 days of competition with 3 victories 
5 podiums
8 top 5
13 top 10 

 

Tour de France: 
12th participation 

 

According to you The Tour de France is… 
“Last year, I took the decision to stop the Tour and I had never thought I would come back. Obviously, it is a personal satisfaction which represents the outcome of all the sacrifices I have been doing since the beginning of the season. For this 12th participation I will be the road captain of the roster. I am taking on me this responsibility and I am proud to start a new adventure in this wonderful team. I will why not play my card right during a few stages.” 

 

Vincent Lavenu’s word: 
"It is a great pleasure to welcome him again in our roster. Samuel recently demonstrated he was ready to ride again the Tour de France. He is the perfect road captain who is able as well to motivate his teammates as channel the leaders. His experience is extremely valuable."

 

Ben Gastauer (Lux) 
Born November 14th, 1987

28 years old 
Professional since 2010 

 

Palmares: 
2 victories 

 

Season 2016: 
40 days of competition with 2 top 10 

 

Tour de France: 
3th participation

 

According to you the Tour de France is… 
“The event of the year! I am glad to ride the Tour de France for the third time in a row! I hope I will be up to the event in order to play my part properly for the team.”

 

Vincent Lavenu’s word: 
“He is a faithful and devoted rider who will always help the team. He is also able to be the third man of the general classification like two years ago! He is a multipurpose rider with amazing physical abilities. For sure, he is essential for the good running of our team during a Grand Tour." 

Cyril Gautier (Fra)

Born September 26th, 1987
28 years old 
Professional since 2007 

 

Palmares: 
4 victories 

 

Season 2016: 
41 days of competition with 1 victory
4 top 10 

 

Tour de France: 
7th participation 

 

According to you the Tour de France is… 
“Always an honor to participate to the biggest race in the world. I am proud to start the Tour for the first time with AG2R LA MONDIALE team. Our group is really working well and I am sure we have the opportunity to do great results together. I will give all I can for the team."

 

Vincent Lavenu’s word: 
“Cyril joined us this year and he showed great puncher skills. He is also a fantastic teammate who is helping the team with a lot of enthusiasm. He has the capacity to assist the leaders in the mountain and he could win a with a puncher finish. His Tour de France experience will be an asset for our team as well."

 

Alexis Gougeard (Fra)
Born March 5th, 1993 
23 years old 
Professional since 2014 

 

Palmares: 
7 victories including one at stage 19 of the Vuelta 2015 

 

Season 2016: 
43 days of competition with one top 10 

 

Tour de France: 
1st participation 

 

According to you the Tour de France is… 
“A dream! I am really proud to start the Tour de France especially from my native region, the Normandie! My early season was a little bit complicated but I am feeling better now. That is why I want to give the best of myself as a teammate. If I can play my card right in a breakaway, just like on the Vuelta 2015, I will not hesitate a second.” 

 

Vincent Lavenu’s word: 
“A warrior! Last year, during his first Grand Tour, he proved on the Vuelta he was able to win a stage! During the previous season, he was the best rider of the team regarding his number of victories. He is a hard nut to crack who is not afraid to fight. He will be truly useful to protect our leaders." 

 

Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita)
Born November 30th, 198233 years old 
Professional since 2005  

 

Palmares: 
12 victories including stage 7 on the Giro d’Italia in 2012

 

Season 2016: 
52 days of competition with

1 podium
2 top 5
14 top 10 

 

Tour de France: 
1st participation 

 

According to you the Tour de France is… 
“The biggest cycling race in the world and it is a personal satisfaction to finally ride its roads! I think I recovered well from the Giro and I cannot wait for the Tour de France to begin. My task will be to assist Romain as far as possible in the mountain stages. I am eager to discover the French climbs."

 

Vincent Lavenu’s word: 
“Even if he is discovering the Tour de France, Domenico has a great knowledge of the Grands Tours. He might be impressive in the high mountain stages, therefore, he will be a valuable asset in the climbs. He will assist Romain in the tactical moments but a good general classification could be contemplated."

 

Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra)
Born June 1st, 1988 
28 years old 
Professional since 2013 

 

Palmares: 
5 victories including one on stage 8 of the Tour de France 2015 
 

Tour de France: 
3th participation

 

According to you the Tour de France is… 
“A childhood dream and a race that makes you live strong emotions just like my victory of last year! On the other hand I also lived hard times. My first Tour de France in 2013 happened during my first year of professional cycling therefore I discovered many things. Now I am coming with more experience and the will to win again." 

 

Vincent Lavenu’s word: 
“His early season was quite difficult for him but now he is getting back in shape. His recent third place overall during the French National Road Race Championship was an amazing result. Last year his victory in Mur de Bretagne was really stunning. He is one of our best punchers but he is also able to be at the service of the team." 

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