AURELIEN PARET-PEINTRE : “I feel that I have progressed”
“I was only supposed to start racing again at the Tour de la Provence, but I actually started at the Etoile de Béssèges (6th in the final classification), and it was a good thing because I felt that I was in good shape. We had a great team racing there, a good group of friends, and we worked well towards the victory for Benoit Cosnefroy. I was one of the animators in the race, and I felt very positive sensations in the time trial. My good condition was confirmed at the Tour de la Provence (11th in the final classification) where the quality of racing was very high. I am not surprised to find myself at this level. Already, last year, at the Tour de Suisse, I had achieved some interesting performances. I had a good winter and I feel that I have progressed. I will be racing the Boucles Drôme-Ardèche for the first time. These are hard, long races, with a lot of climbing. The Ardèche Classic is designed particularly for climbers and the finish has been made more difficult. The Drôme Classic seems to correspond more for the punchers. We have a team ready to go for the victory. I will then participate in Paris-Nice where I hope to be in the action on the last weekend in the mountains.”AURELIEN PARET-PEINTRE
Since 2014, the AG2R LA MONDIALE team has won four victories at the Boucles Drôme-Ardèche with
Romain Bardet (Drôme Classic 2014, Ardèche Classic 2018),
Samuel Dumoulin (Drôme Classic 2015) and
Alexis Vuillermoz (Drôme Classic 2019).
A big welcome to Angus Bardet
Romain and Amandine Bardet are the happy parents of little Angus, born on Tuesday. Romain Bardet, who was scheduled to compete in both races, will now not line up until Sunday at the Drome Classic.