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Marc Sarreau

"A real relief

"It's a real relief to win my first race of the season. Up until now, I've had a complicated year, disrupted by health problems. I was still ill before the start of the Tour Poitou-Charentes in New Aquitaine. I was looking for new sensations and confidence, and this success validates all my hard work. I'm really happy. It's ideal to get going again for the last part of the season, when I'll be ambitious.
The Tour Poitou-Charentes en Nouvelle Aquitaine is a race that suits me. It's already my sixth stage win here. This last stage was really tough. The peloton rode hard all day in favor of a massive finish. My team-mates placed me very well on the main climb of the final circuit. Behind, I trusted my instincts for the sprint. It was a demanding finish, so I chose to make my effort as late as possible. This strategy paid off.

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Pierre Gautherat 16th on the Renewi Tour

Pierre Gautherat took 16th place in the 3rd stage of the Renewi Tour on Friday in Geraardsbergen. The event closes this Sunday in Bilzen (Belgium).


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Marc Sarreau's victory on stage 4 of the Tour Poitou-Charentes in Nouvelle Aquitaine is the 8th success of the season for the AG2R CITROËN team after :
- Felix Gall, stage winner at the Tour de France and the Tour de Suisse
- Aurélien Paret-Peintre, stage winner at the Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var and the Giro d'Italia,
- Greg Van Avermaet on the Boucles de l'Aulne - Châteaulin.
- Nans Peters on the Trofeo Laigueglia,
- Dorian Godon on De Brabantse Pijl - La Flèche Brabançonne.

Clément Venturini was also crowned French cyclo-cross champion last January.