Tour de France – Lavenu: “We will play the general with O’Connor but …”

Vincent Lavenugeneral manager of the AG2R CITROËN team, presented on Thursday the eight pilots who make up the staff at the start of the Tour de France 2022. Second French team that reveals its composition for the Tour de France After the Groupama-FDJFormation Citroën AG2R team will be led by the fourth of the Great loop 2021, the Australian Ben O’Connor. Having become one of the best runners in the general of the peloton, the recent third of the Criterium Dauphine will take the start of that Tower 2022 with the ambition to do better than last year, to get on the podium. To do this, you can count on the support of climbers Aurélien Paret-Pintor, Bob Jungels, Geoffrey Bouchard i Michael Cherelthe latter, therefore, performing the double Tour of ItalyTour de France.

Footage – Vincent Lavenu explains his choices for the Tour de France!

“We know it brings release on a big tour”

We will start the Tour de France in Copenhagen with great ambitionshe explained Vincent Lavenu at a press conference this Thursday. Since last year, Ben O’Connor has shown us the scope of his qualities. With it we will focus on the best general classification possible, without setting a specific goal. We are confident that with his sporting level he can offer us real satisfaction, such as his final podium at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Winning a stage victory will also be sought with all our riders. We know it brings release on a big tour. It’s a tricky Tour de France where you have to be careful, especially the first week. Then comes the mountain where our team will be able to express themselves in a beautiful way.

Greg Van Avermaet absent from the Tour, a first since 2013!

The punch Benoit Cosnefroy will participate in his fourth Tour de France hoping to get a first stage victory, meanwhile Stan Dewulf i Oliver Naesen will play a very important role Ben O’Connor during the first week. The big absentee from this selection is the Belgian Greg Van Avermaetwhich had not been lost to Tour de France since 2013! Clement Champoussin, Dorian Godon i Larry Warbasse nor did he find the general manager’s favor Vincent Lavenu and sports directors of the Savoy team. “It is heartbreaking not to select a champion like Greg Van Avermaetrecognized Vincent Lavenu. He remains one of the best drivers in the peloton and his involvement in his profession is remarkable. However, the profile of the Tour de France seemed unsuitable for his current profile. The sportsmanship with which he welcomed our decision further proves that he is a man of great professionalism and rare class.. “

The eight of the AG2R CITROËN team at the 2022 Tour de France seen by Vincent Lavenu!

Geoffrey Bouchard

30 years / 1 professional victory

1st participation

Geoffrey won his place in the Tour de France thanks to his convincing results in the last major tours (winner of the mountain classification of the Vuelta a España in 2019 and the Giro d’Italia in 2021, 14th in the general classification of the Return to Spain). Spain in 2021) and its very good start to the season (stage victory in the Tour of the Alps). He will discover the Tour de France as a weight reinforcement on the mountain for Ben O’Connor but also with the possibility of being placed on the getaways when the opportunity arises. “

Michael Cherel

36 years

7th entry

Best results:

18th overall (2015) and 8th stage (2014 and 2015)

Mikaël did a good Giro d’Italia which finished in 23rd place overall. He took the time to rest and get ready and will be a valuable element for Ben O’Connor throughout this Tour de France. He is a pilot who knows perfectly the role of the teammate and who stands out in this field, especially in terms of placement.. “

Benoit Cosnefroy

26 years / 12 professional victories

4th participation

Best results:

20th on stage (2021) and with the best climber t-shirt for 15 days (2020)

After a difficult start to the Tour de Suisse (June 12-19), Benoît regained good physical condition during the final stages. At its best, it rivals the strongest in the world on its record. Benoît will pursue a stage victory and will also have the opportunity to serve the team during these three weeks. “

Stan Dewulf

24 years / 1 professional victory

1st participation

Stan is a very versatile runner. He never hesitates to put himself at the service of the collective and his good humor is communicative. He will also discover the Tour de France, with the aim of protecting Ben, especially the first week, but also with the prospect of falling on the run and taking advantage of his good burst of speed to achieve a stage victory.

Bob Jungels

29 years / 23 professional victories

4th participation

Best results:

11th overall (2018) and 4th stage (2015)

Bob showed at the Tour de Suisse (June 12-19) that he is back in shape (6th in the overall standings) and that he is still a top-tier driver. Naturally, it finds its place in the collective. He will aim for a stage victory but will also be able to accompany Ben when the road rises.

Oliver Naesen

31 years / 5 professional victories

7th entry

Best result:

4th stage (2019)

Oliver is a very important element of the device. He will be in close protection with Ben the first week and throughout the Tour de France. It is a role that dominates perfectly. He will be able to contribute his experience, acquired during his last six participations in the Grande Boucle, his qualities on the cobblestone and also try his luck as he knows how to do.

Ben O’Connor

26 years / 7 professional victories

2nd participation

Best results:

4th overall (2021) and a stage victory (2021)

Considering what Ben showed us last year in the Tour de France (4th in the general classification and a stage victory) and his start to the season, in particular in the Critérium du Dauphiné (3rd in the general classification) , of course it will. be our leader. He has shown that his physical level allows him to play with the strongest and he will take the start of the Tour de France with the ambition of achieving the best possible overall classification.

Aurélien Paret-Pintor

26 years / 1 professional victory

2nd participation

Best results:

15th overall (2021) and 7th stage (2021)

Aurélien completed his first Tour de France last year in 15th place. In recent seasons, he has shown great skills in stage races, noting that he finished in the top 10 of the Paris-Nice two years in a row (9th in 2021 and 10th in 2022). He will be an important element of the group and with Ben. You can also focus on winning a stage. “

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