Lilian Calmejane : « Ready to get back to racing »
« The rain made the two races (La Route Adélie de Vitré and the Classic Loire-Atlantique) last weekend difficult. I had to take a little time to recover but I’m ready to get back to racing again. Since the Vuelta a Espana, I have returned to my best level. Having had those injuries at the start of the year means that I still have some freshness at the end of the season. I was missing a bit of kick to go for the victory at the Classic Loire-Atlantique (5th) but I’m not far from it. There are three more opportunities to raise my arms and I’m motivated to make the most of them. At this time of year, the difference is more between motivated guys and tired guys. This makes the races more aggressive and conducive to attacks. That’s what I love to do, so I will be among the active ones as soon as the opportunity arises. »Lilian
Ahead of the last three rounds, Dorian Godon leads the general classification of the Coupe de France with 165 points. He is also the leader of the best young rider classification. The AG2R CITROËN TEAM leads the team classification.
Benoît Cosnefroy 4th in Italy, Stan Dewulf 5th in Belgium
Benoît Cosnefroy and Aurélien Paret-Peintre finished 4th and 10th respectively in the 100th edition of Tre Valli Varesine.
“Physically, I had a great day despite the bad weather. The whole team did an amazing job getting me to the front for the finish. Aurélien was in front too, and it could have ended even better. In the sprint, I “got stuck” on the 13-tooth cog. I had the podium in my legs. That’s my only regret of the day,” Benoît Cosnefroy said.
Stan Dewulf finished 5th in Binche – Chimay – Binche.
“I didn’t have very good legs at the start of the race. Paris-Roubaix has left its mark. But after a while, my legs loosened up, and I was able to race. I’m happy with this 5th place,” Stan Dewulf explained.