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Alexandre Geniez : "A special Flavour"

Tour de l'Ain / stage 4 : Victory for Alexandre Geniez  

“After having gone through a few very difficult weeks, this victory was bound to have a very special flavour.In addition to that, this is the second year in a row that I have won the final stage here.I felt that things had started going better for me at the French Championship. Then I had a great training camp with the team in Oisans. Today, after the Grand Colombier, there were riders all over the place.I managed to get back on the flat before the finish, and am very happy to have won.It was a fantastic team effort, especially with Julien (Bérard) and Hubert (Dupont) attacking. Now there is time for a little rest before the Vuelta, where I will arrive very motivated.”

“It is very pleasant to see Alexander return to high level before the Vuelta. He has had a bit of a tough time lately, but knew how to work through it to be competitive for the end of the season goals.His victory today is a great satisfaction.After Samuel (Dumoulin) had to abandon yesterday, we still managed to have the heart to achieve something great today.We put in a great team effort with Julien Bérard and Hubert Dupont, but also  Clément Chevrier who took 9th place in the stage today.Even with only five riders, we did not give up.”


 “On paper, this was the stage that suited my strengths the least. So I am happy with my result, even if I lost 20 seconds in the battle for the line.I saw Dumoulin and Wellens escape, but I could not make the move then.I am looking forward to tomorrow, where we will be riding more of a mini Tour de Flanders, and over some of my main training roads.Currently I am sixth overall 23 seconds away from the podium. If I can win tomorrow, then I think the podium is possible!”  


Alexandre Geniez’s victory was the tenth of the season for our team. This is his second win in 2017 after having won the 2nd stage of the Tour de Provence.
Other victories for 2017:
- 1st stage of the Tour du Haut Var : Samuel Dumoulin
- 4th stage of the Tour des Alpes : Mattéo Montaguti
- Grand Prix of Plumelec : Alexis Vuillermoz
- Sixth stage of the Tour of Switzerland : Domenico Pozzovivo
- French Time Trial Championship : Pierre Latour
- Belgian Road Race Championship : Oliver Naesen
- 12th stage of the Tour de France : Romain Bardet
- The Polynormande : Alexis Gougeard

Since 2013, riders from the AG2R LA MONDIALE team have been on the Tour de l'Ain podium six times.Romain Bardet (1st in 2013, 2nd in 2014),John Gadret (3rd in 2013) Pierre Latour (3rd in 2015 and 2016) and Alexandre Geniez’s 3rd place this year has contributed to this impressive string of successes.


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