AURELIEN PARET-PEINTRE : “The dynamics are working”
“It’s a tough race that I enjoy. Today, we had big team ambitions. When it all came together in the finale, I didn’t quite believe it. By sneaking into the final, I managed to win in this very special sprint. I won my first professional victory for this opening race, so I am happy. Today the group was super homogeneous. We took turns going on the offensive on the Route des Crêtes. After Clément Venturini’s victory in the French Cyclocross Championship, it was important to start the road campaign well. The dynamics are working for AG2R CITROËN TEAM.”AURELIEN PARET-PEINTRE
STEPHANE GOUBERT : “The whole team wins today”
“Our boys rode aggressively. Our leader today for this first event of the season was the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. Everyone was keen to do well in order to show off our new colors. At 500 meters, Aurélien was helping Tony who then dropped his chain, and then Aurélien was able to win all the same! We have already seen at the Giro (16th overall) that Aurélien can do very well, and it allowed him to take a step forward. Today, with this victory, we show the riders already have good understanding among themselves, and the momentum is already in place. We hope this will be the first in a long series of wins.”STEPHANE GOUBERT
With the success of Aurélien Paret-Peintre, AG2R CITROËN TEAM has won three of the last four editions of the Grand Prix de la Marseillaise with Alexandre Geniez (2018) and Benoit Cosnefroy (2020).
Leader of the individual and team French Cup
With his victory, Aurélien Paret-Peintre naturally takes the lead of the Coupe de France. In addition to that, with 8th place for Lilian Calmejane and then 13th for Tony Gallopin, AG2R CITROËN TEAM takes the lead of the Coupe de France team classification. Next event: Classic Loire Atlantique (March 27).