Valentin Retailleau : « A good introduction »
« I can’t wait to start a new page with my arrival on the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. I am happy with my last few months as an amateur with a victory in a UCI class 2 race (fourth stage of the Alpes Isère Tour) and two podiums in the U23 coupe des nations (3rd in Gent-Wevelgem U23 and 3rd in the third stage of the Course de la Peace).
I took the time to have a break after the last goals then I resumed training to be quickly on form for the team.
The Vuelta a Burgos will be a good start with a difficult course, a high level, and certainly very hot.
I am looking forward to this month of August and in particular the Tour du Limousin – Nouvelle Aquitaine, racing at home. »Valentin
During the Vuelta a Burgos, Valentin Retailleau is competing in his first race as a professional.
In 2021, he rode as a stagiaire with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM and participated in La Polynormande, the Tour du Limousin – Nouvelle Aquitaine, the Deutschland Tour, Paris-Bourges, the Tour de Vendée and the Boucles de l’Aulne – Châteaulin .
Bastien Tronchon, 20, a member of the AG2R CITROËN U23 TEAM, is taking part in his first professional race as a stagiaire.
Mikaël Cherel extends for a year
Mikaël Cherel, a professional since 2007, has extended his contract with the AG2R CITROËN TEAM for the 2023 season. He has been part of the squad since 2011.
“I am happy to extend my adventure with AG2R CITROËN for an additional year. This will be my thirteenth season with the team, which is my “second family”. I thank Vincent Lavenu and all the staff for their trust. The 2022 season with two Grand Tours, even if the second ended abruptly, allowed me to show that I am always able to respond to the biggest events and I am happy to be able to continue and to put my experience at the service of the team,” Mikaël Cherel said.