The 2019 season has allowed Oliver Naesen to get even closer to the best classics racers. He showed exemplary consistency and mental strength. He is capable of taking a very big victory, and we will support him in order to achieve this common goal. The 2019 season also saw the emergence of alumni of the Chambéry Cyclisme Formation with Benoît Cosnefroy and his five victories, as well as Nans Peters who put on a display of a great athletic performance on the roads of the Giro d’Italia to win his first professional victory. And Geoffrey Bouchard, in his first year as a professional, was the revelation at the Vuelta a España finishing with the King of the Mountains jersey. He is in fact the first rider from our team to have stood on the final podium at the finish of the Vuelta.
Of course, I am also thinking of the courage and self-sacrifice shown by Romain Bardet, the King of the Mountains at the Tour de France. This jersey crowns our consistency at the Grande Boucle, but it especially illustrates Romain’s strength of character. It’s a strength that enabled him to get up when others would have given up, and which, I am sure, will guarantee him great success ahead. I note finally, the tremendous solidarity of the entire team throughout the season, which make these individual performances collective victories.
While we are entering the 29th season of our history, there are still many beautiful pages to write. The new recruits for the 2020 season will allow us to work in continuity with a harmonious and hard-working group.
This continued progress through the seasons is only possible with the faithful and fraternal support of a partner like AG2R LA MONDIALE, which will be our sponsor for the 24th season.
We work together daily with the common belief that the greatest success are at hand. Over the years, we have built a mature, strong, and united group.
We are ready to take up new challenges at the classics, but also at the Grand Tours with our leaders, Romain Bardet who will race the Giro d’Italia for the first time, and Pierre Latour who will be our leader at the Tour de France.
The AG2R LA MONDIALE team has all the resources to take control of tomorrow!