"I'm very happy. There is emotion. Winning is a really special feeling and it's been a long time since I've put my arms up (his last win was the 2019 Montreal Grand Prix). It's what we all look for when we start a race.
The French Cup rounds are not easy to read but today we managed perfectly with the team. Bastien (Tronchon) was in front for a long time. In the final pack, Clément (Venturini ) attacked very hard and that put everyone in line, it was perfect for me. On a finish like this one, a bit punchy, I can still do great things. And I managed to win. Since the beginning of my professional career, I have done my job 100% every moment. The last few years have not been easy but I have always remained motivated. I'm very happy to raise my arms for the first time in the AG2R CITROËN team jersey, it's a nice way to thank them. I have a few races left before the end of my career and I still want to get results. This gives me confidence. Next week, I will be racing the 4 days of Dunkerque. There are two finishes that may suit me. We'll see how it goes. I already want to enjoy this successful weekend!"
"We managed perfectly with the team. Bastien (Tronchon) was in front for a long time. In the final pack, Clément (Venturini) attacked very hard.
Giro d'Italia: Aurélien Paret-Peintre 15th overall after nine stages
Aurélien Paret-Peintre, winner at Lago Laceno (stage 4), is in 15th place overall in the Giro d'Italia after the first nine stages. The second time trial on Sunday marks the end of the first part of the Giro d'Italia," said Didier Jannel, sports director of the AG2R CITROËN team. We can say that the team has made a good start to the Grand Tour. Aurélien's victory is of course a great success. It is one of the team's objectives for this Giro. The best climber jersey taken by Paul (Lapeira) during the second stage is another one. His withdrawal (ill) and Andrea's (Vendrame) crash are, on the other hand, slightly more negative points of these first nine days. We will start the second week with a concerned and motivated group to seize all the opportunities to slip in front and also to favour a good general classification for Aurélien. The mountain is coming and the road is still long."
Greg Van Avermaet 's victory is the fifth success for the AG2R CITROËN team this season. Aurélien Paret-Peintre won the third stage of the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var and the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia. Nans Peters won the Trofeo Laigueglia. Finally, Dorian Godon raised his arms at the Flèche Brabançonne. Also noteworthy is the French cyclo-cros champion title of Clément Venturini, fifth in the Boucles de l'Aulne today. This is Greg Van Avermaet 's forty-second professional victory and his first in the AG2R CITROËN team jersey.