Giro d'Italia (May 11 - June 2) - Equipe cycliste AG2R La Mondiale

Giro d’Italia (May 11 – June 2)

Laurent Biondi discusses the members of the AG2R LA MONDIALE team who will be at the start of the Giro d’Italia on May 11th in Bologne.

FRANCOIS BIDARD

Born on March 19th, 1992. 27 years old
Height / weight : 1m80 / 65 kg
Giro : 3rd participation
Best result : 37th (2018)
2019 season : 1 top ten

"François showed his affinity for the Italian races by finishing among the best at the Trofeo Laigueglia early this season. He has already participated in three Grand Tours, and has improved in the general classification each time. His climbing skills and his team spirit will make it possible for him to accompany our leaders in the mountains. He may also try his luck in breakaway over the course of the three weeks of racing.”

NICO DENZ

Born on February 15th, 1994.
25 years old
Height / weight : 1m83 / 71 kg
Giro : 2nd participation
Best result : 62th
2019 season : 1 top twenty

"Nico was a revelation last year having just missed out on a stage victory (2nd) at the Giro d'Italia. He has also demonstrated his ability to be present at the front during tricky stages. Racing the classics has given him the experience and confidence to bump elbows with the best of them in the peloton, and he will be a valuable asset in our efforts to protect our two leaders. After a good season in 2018, he should be able to confirm his potential this year.”

HUBERT DUPONT

Born on November 13th, 1980.
38 years old
Height / weight : 1m74 / 58 kg
Giro : 12th participation
Best result : 11e (2011-2016)
2019 season : 1 top ten

"At the Giro, Hubert will continue in the role that suits him perfectly: that of road captain. He will be starting the Giro for the twelfth time in his career.
At almost 39 years old, he know the Giro by heart and he likes the difficult courses. He is able to ride outside himself to help his leaders in the mountains.
He is an essential component in the organization of the team.”

TONY GALLOPIN

Born on May 24th, 1988. 30 years old.
Height / weight : 1m80 / 69 kg
Giro : 1st participation
2019 Season : 4 top ten

"Tony is getting ready to do his very first Giro in his 12 years of racing. Already a stage winner at the Tour de France (2014) and the Vuelta a Espana (2018), he now dreams of raising his arms in Italy. He is an experienced rider whose talent is well established. And he proved last year in Spain (11th) that he can also play a leading role in a three-week race. He will share the responsibilities at the head of the team with Alexis Vuillermoz.”

BEN GASTAUER

Born on November 14th, 1987.
31 years old.
Height / weight : 1m90 / 73 kg
Giro : 5th participation

“Ben Gastauer, is a great guy, and the team's quiet strength. At 31, he will start his 12th Grand Tour. He is able to race as our third man for the overall team standings, but he will also be very important on tough days. His experience, as well as his calm, are huge assets to ease three weeks of racing! He also has the means to win a stage.”

NANS PETERS

Born March 12th, 1994. 25 years old
Height / weight : 1m77 / 72 kg
Giro : 1st participation
2019 season : two top ten

"Nans should have been at the Giro last year, but an injury delayed his introduction to this Italian event. At last year’s Vuelta, his first Grand Tour, he showed great recovery abilities. He was racing at the front during the 11th stage where he finished in 4th place. He has a real team spirit but mixes that with an aggressive racing streak. He can hope for great things during this three weeks.”

ALEXIS VUILLERMOZ

Born on June, 1st, 1988. 30 years old
Height / weight: 1m74, 60 kg
Giro : 2nd participation
Best result : 11th (2014)
2019 season : 1 victory, 7 top ten

"Alexis wanted to change his program this season and return to the Giro, five years after his last participation (where he took 11th). After a victory in March at the Royale Bernard Drôme Classic, his progress was slowed by a crash at Tirreno Adriatico. But during the Tour des Alpes, he proved that he was not very far from his best form. His climbing skills and his recovery capacity over three weeks should allow him to demonstrate his strengths on the Italian roads and aim for a top ten, or even better. He will be the leader of our team over the next three weeks.”

LARRY WARBASSE

Born on June, 28th, 1990. 28 years old.
Height / weight : 1m83 / 67 kg
Giro : 2nd participation
2019 season : 1 top twenty

"Larry will be one of the road captains for our team at this Giro. He joined our squad over the winter, and has perfectly integrated with the group. He knows how difficult Grand Tours can be, and has proved his ability to be at the head of affairs on the most difficult stages. His stage victory at the Tour de Suisse in 2017 also shows that he can win UCI WorldTour events.”

VINCENT LAVENU

Vincent Lavenu :"A Top 10 and a stage victory"
“We are starting this Giro d'Italia with great ambitions. During their careers both Alexis Vuillermoz and Tony Gallopin have proved that they are able to take victories at Grand Tours. And Tony proved last year at the Vuelta a Espana that he also has the ability to race for the general classification in a three week event. He is a very professional racer, and I know he will be prepared for the toughest stages. In 2014, in his only participation in the Italian event, Alexis Vuillermoz made a strong impression (11th), while working for the team all along. In general, I want to see aggressive and uncomplicated racers taking on the 21 stages. I know that the entire team can achieve great things.”

THE NUMBER

231

After eleven participations in the Giro, Hubert Dupont has already completed 231 stages over the Italian roads. During his career, he has completed an incredible 21 Grand Tours (four Tour de France, five Vuelta, and eleven Giro).