Clément Champoussin : « We will try again in the coming days.»
« We were instructed to go into the breakaway today. We put in a lot of effort at the start of the race. The three of us were up front with Geoffrey Bouchard and Lilian Calmejane. On the final climb I tried to go at my own pace to avoid the attacks, but Storer was the stronger today. The form is coming good. We will try again in the next days.» /su_quote]
Geoffrey Bouchard : « We bet on Clément Champoussin.»
« The start of the stage was difficult for me. I then perked back up and managed to get into the right breakaway. I didn't feel very good though, so we bet on Clément Champoussin. At the bottom of the last climb, I smoothed out my effort to do a solid climb, but I couldn't get back to the front of the race.»Clément
Lilian Calmejane : « Our best cards up front.»
« During the Vuelta a Espana, the stages that look good for a break to go all the way, it’s a huge fight just to get into the breakaway. We battled a hundred kilometers at the start. Still we had our three best cards up front for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. The plan was perfect with a very good team. In the final, I tried to position Clément Champoussin at the front so that he was in the best place. We came close to the victory, so let’s continue like this. “Lilian
The AG2R CITROËN TEAM won the team classification for the stage with three riders in the top 10.
"We feel a lot of satisfaction today with a great team. We knew we’d have to get into the breakaway to win. Hats off to the whole group and especially to the three up front. In the final, victory was decided à la pédale. This third place for Clément Champoussin launches the second week of the Vuelta a Espana well for us, with many opportunities to come," said Julien Jurdie, directeur sportif of the AG2R CITROËN team.
Marc Sarreau third in the first stage of the Tour Poitou-Charentes
Twenty-four hours after becoming the father of little Marius, Marc Sarreau took third place in the first stage of the Tour Poitou-Charentes.
“It was an almost quiet day even though it got hectic in the end. We knew there were small roads and the team did a good job getting me well positioned. It was really flawless. I missed a little on the line but I'm happy because there is a great team dynamic. There are three stages left to go for the victory,” said Marc Sarreau.