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VINCENT LAVENU: "A DYNAMIC TOUR"

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After Tour de France 2018 presentation.

VINCENT LAVENU: “A DYNAMIC TOUR”
 
“This is a Tour that is going to be dynamic and full of uncertainty. The organizers have put together a very nice course with a beginning that will have lots of wind and visit the cobbles, and then concentrate on the mountains in the second half.
For us, in the Alps, I am marking down the stage to La Rosière and then the one at Alpe d'Huez, with its 5000 meters of elevation gain.
Then in the Pyrenees, there will be a lot of traps, with, among others, the stage of 60km.
Such a course can smile on the aggressive riders, like Romain Bardet. It will be up to us to organize a team to put him in the best position, whether to protect him on the flat stages and the cobbles, or to stay with him in the mountains.
We are looking forward to being at the start in the Vendée.”
 
ROMAIN BARDET: "VARIOUS TERRAINS TO EXPLOIT"


"I am delighted with this Tour which looks pretty well balanced, and offers a wide variety of terrains to exploit. The team time trial will put the composition of the team at the forefront.
In that short stage of just over 60 kilometers, the leaders will be sparing with each other.
There will also be a lot of potential pitfalls. No one will be really calm the morning of the stage with the cobbles, and several stages promise to be very exposed to the wind.
In the last week, the big climbing days will play a very important role. One day we’ll be doing more than 5000 meters and another day nearly 4000. I like these marathon stages, they are what make the legend of the Tour de France.”
 
JULIEN JURDIE: "A COURSE FOR THE TEAM"



"This course is great! Very aggressive, with a lot of mountains, and traps all through the three weeks.
It is of course necessary to analyze it a little closer, but at first sight, the Tour de France for 2018 seems very well suited for our leader Romain Bardet and for the entire team AG2R La Mondiale.
 We demonstrated in 2017 that we have a strong collective strength. It's up to us to use that well in 2018.”
 
THE NEWS: ROMAIN BARDET AND BENOIT COSNEFROY VELO D’OR VELO MAGAZINE



Romain Bardet won the French Vélo d'Or awarded by Vélo Magazine for the second consecutive year. Benoit Cosnefroy was awarded the Vélo d'Or Espoirs.
 
THE NUMBER: 2



With the arrival of the 12th stage at Alpe d'Huez and the start of the 13th stage at the Bourg d'Oisans, the Tour de France in 2018 will spend two days on the territory of Oisans, our partner for our summer and winter training camps.
The AG2R La Mondiale Team will be on a training camp in Vaujany in the Oisans for the third consecutive year from November 13th to 17th.