Benoit Cosnefroy: "I feel that I have progressed"
" These are races that I have never done. I am very happy to race with Romain Bardet. I have not had the chance since Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The strategy will be focused around him, preparing for the Innsbruck World Championships. He is in good shape. I have felt good since my returning to racing at Polynormande (August 4), but I don’t know for how much longer I can hold this form. Last weekend at the Grand Prix Quebec and Montreal, I really felt good. I was even an animator in the finale. At the beginning of the season, I was just getting experience. Now I really feel that I have progressed and that I will be able to prove that it in Italy."BENOIT COSNEFROY
No need for further exams for Romain Bardet
Though he crashed on Sunday in the final of the Tour du Doubs and suffered superficial wounds and chest contusions caused by the relay box of the race radio, Romain Bardet immediately resumed training and completed his training camp at Prémanon. "It was not necessary to carry out additional tests," says Dr. Eric Bouvat, medical director of the AG2R LA MONDIALE team.
Tony Gallopin 10th overall
26th for the 17th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, Tony Gallopin still sits in 10th place of the general classification: "It was a really difficult finish, the fifth in a few days, so the toll is really beginning to tell," he explains. "That was a steep climb without and respite or possibility of recovery. Still, I was in at the fight today. Alex Geniez helped me a lot. Staying in the top 10 overall is still very much possible.”