Vincent Lavenu : « An attractive 2021 season»
« The AG2R CITROËN team has had an attractive 2021 season, even if the essence of competition is always to want more.
We took great satisfaction in particular with a stage victory in each of the Grand Tours, first with Andrea Vendrame at the Giro d’Italia, then Ben O’Connor’s and a magnificent fourth place overall at the Tour de France, and Clément Champoussin at the Vuelta a Espana. I also really appreciated Benoît Cosnefroy’s win at the Bretagne Classic ahead of the world champion Julian Alaphilippe, as well as the emergence of Dorian Godon who took three victories and won the general classification of the Coupe de France. Geoffrey Bouchard winning the King of the Mountain jersey at the Giro d’Italia is also a highlight. In addition to that, we also recognize that we had a very consistent season: we won our first race with Aurélien Paret-Peintre at the Grand Prix La Marseillaise and the last with Stan de Wulf, a very promising young rider, at the Boucles de l’Aulne. We made a special effort when racing the classics, and though we may have hoped for even better results, Greg Van Avermaet’s third place in the Tour of Flanders was a great satisfaction. We only missed out on winning one of the monuments, which was one of our defined goals. In the end, we finished eighth in the world rankings, which is proof of our consistency at the highest level throughout the season. Also, we are ambitious for the 2022 season, with a very stable backbone of the squad that can rely on strong leaders and young talents that we hope will flourish.
We always rely more on our youth training program with the U19 team which feeds the U23 team and whose best riders enter the professional peloton. This is real recognition for the work done at all levels.»Vincent
Four recruits will join the AG2R CITROËN TEAM in 2022.
They are Felix Gall (Team DSM), Paul Lapeira (AG2R CITROËN TEAM U23), Valentin Paret-Peintre (AG2R CITROËN TEAM U23) and Antoine Raugel (Conti Groupama FDJ).
There will be 29 riders in the squad, nine of whom come from our training center.
Eighth in the UCI World Ranking
The AG2R CITROËN TEAM ends the 2021 season in eighth place in the UCI World Ranking.
The team has won 12 victories.
• Grand Prix de la Marseillaise : Aurélien Paret-Peintre
• Giro d’Italia – 12th stage : Andrea Vendrame
• Tour du Finistère : Benoît Cosnefroy
• Route d’Occitanie – 1st stage : Andrea Vendrame
• Paris-Camembert : Dorian Godon
• Tour de France – 9th stage : Ben O’Connor
• Tour du Limousin – 2nd stage : Dorian Godon
• Bretagne Classic : Benoît Cosnefroy
• Tour du Jura : Benoît Cosnefroy
• Vuelta a Espana – 20th stage : Clément Champoussin
• Tour du Doubs : Dorian Godon
• Boucle de l’Aulne : Stan Dewulf
Please note the additional successes starting with Clément Venturini’s victory at the French Cyclocross National Championship; Marc Sarreau’s victory on the track in the Scratch event; Dorian Godon’s victory in the general classification of the Coupe de France as well as winning the best young rider classification; Geoffrey Bouchard’s King of the Mountains Jersey at the Giro d’Italia; third place for Greg Van Avermaet in the Tour of Flanders; and the bronze medal for Benoît Cosnefroy at the European Championships road race.
The AG2R CITROËN TEAM also won the general team classification of the Coupe de France.