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André Vendrame

"A result that will give us confidence".

"The Vuelta a España is off to a good start for the AG2R CITROËN team. Obviously, there's a bit of frustration with third place, as victory wasn't far off, but it's a result that will give us confidence for the rest of the race. There was a lot of nervousness in the pack throughout the day. It was even worse in the final. But I was able to count on the very good work of my team-mates. Mikael (Cherel), Dorian (Godon) and Damien (Touzé) placed me perfectly before the ascent to Castell de Montjuic. Dorian was able to close the gaps, and all I had to do after that was make my own effort. I arrived at the start in very good shape. I want to perform well. We've got some great things to achieve in this Vuelta.

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Third on stage 2 of the Vuelta a España in Barcelona, Andrea Vendrame takes his third podium of the season. The Italian rider of the AG2R CITROËN team had finished second in the Trofeo Laigueglia, behind Nans Peters, last March. He also finished third in the Muscat Classic in February.

Andrea Vendrame is also third in the Vuelta a España points classification. It's a good start," says Julien Jurdie, sports director of the AG2R CITROËN team. During this Vuelta a España, our ambition is to be opportunistic on the stages to go for a win. Starting with a podium finish gives Andrea and the whole team confidence. It was important for the team to be present from the outset. The mission was a success.