Etoile de Bessèges (stage 4) Benoit Cosnefroy takes the lead

BENOIT COSNEFROY : “A great job by the team”

“In the final climb, I had to manage my effort as much as possible. I had never made a fifteen minute effort like that in racing. Aurélien (Paret Peintre) rode the whole climb with me. We know each other very well and it was really perfect. We wanted to influence the race and my teammates did a great job. I sincerely thank them! We were aiming for the stage victory today, but the main thing now is that we have the leader’s jersey. Now it’s my turn to play tomorrow. My teammates have managed the race all week, now it’s my turn tomorrow. Perhaps the hardest part is yet to come, but I am focused and I will not give up. I’m calmly looking forward to the time trial.”BENOIT COSNEFROY



"Ninth in the stage, Aurélien Paret-Peintre is now 7th in the general classification at 1’25 ’’ behind Benoît Cosnefroy: "I am very familiar with the type of efforts climbers have to make, this is my specialty. I had to smooth out my efforts for Benoît. The day’s outcome is very good, and we’ve got the jersey ahead of the last stage. Personally, I shouldn’t be at the race, so it makes a good test for the Tour de la Provence next week"


Tony Gallopin operated on

Following his fracture of the left scaphoid after crashing on Thursday at the Volta a Communitat Valencianna, Tony Gallopin was operated on Friday afternoon in the Paris region. He will be unavailable for six to eight weeks, Doctor Bouvat, head doctor for the AG2R La Mondiale team, explained.