"Paris-Roubaix is the last of the Flandriennes. We hope it will be favorable to us because so far we have not lived up to our expectations despite Greg van Avermaet's third place and Oliver Naesen's fourth place in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
We have a lot of desire, we have talented riders . We want to make our mark because our classic group has a lot of potential. Like many teams, a number of our riders riders have fallen ill in recent weeks and have had difficulty recovering, like Oliver Naesen.
Paris-Roubaix remains a race like no other where success is required.
Benoît Cosnefroy's fine second place in the Amstel Gold Race showed us the way."
Recognition and press briefing on Thursday
The riders of the AG2R CITROËN team will recognize the cobbled sectors from 26 (Solesmes) to 11 (Mons-en-Pévèle) on Thursday starting at 10:45 am in Solesmes.
Antoine Raugel participates for the first time in Paris-Roubaix.
Greg Van Avermaet and Michaël Schär are racing Paris-Roubaix for the eleventh time. The Belgian rider has always joined the velodrome of Roubaix.