La Vuelta a Espana (25 août - 16 septembre) - Equipe cycliste AG2R La Mondiale

La Vuelta a Espana (25 août – 16 septembre)

Julien Jurdie presents the eight riders racing the Vuelta a Espana (August 25 – September 16)

MIKAEL CHEREL

Born March 17, 1986. 32 years old
Height / Weight : 185 cm / 65 kg
Vuelta : 5th participation

Main results :
20th GC Santos Down Under Tour and Paris-Nice (2018) ; 18th Tour de France (2015) ;

"Mikaël has prepared well for this Vuelta, which will be his second Grand Tour of the season. He has a lot of experience in three week races. He proved again in the Giro that he can slip into a breakaway during a mountain stage and play for the stage win. He will be our road captain.”

CLEMENT CHEVRIER

Born June 29, 1992. 26 years old.
Height / Weight : 177 cm / 56 kg
Vuelta : 3rd participation
Main results :
3rd TTT Vuelta a Valencia (2018) ; 20th GC Tour de l’Ain (2018)

"Despite his youth, Clément already has a great deal of experience in Grands Tours. In addition to his work for the collective, he can play his personal card on some difficult stages.”

HUBERT DUPONT

Born November 13, 1980.38 ans
Height / Weight : 174 cm / 58 kg
Vuelta : 6th participation
Main results :
11th Giro d’Italia (2016-2011) ;

"Hubert is a metronome and a good road captain. He’s nearing the end of his career and wanted to race the Vuelta again. Few riders in the peloton have competed in as many Grand Tours as he has. He will be able to aim for a good overall place, and slip into breaks during the difficult stages that he likes.”

TONY GALLOPIN

Born May 24, 1988. 30 years old
Height / Weight : 180cm / 70 kg
Vuelta : 2nd participation
11 victories
Main results :
Tour de France stage winner and yellow jersey (2014) ; Winner Classica San Sebastian (2013) ; Paris-Nice (2015) stage winner.

“Tony's participation in the Vuelta was not planned at the start of the season, but since he was forced to abandon the Tour, that changed the plans a little. He is returning to this event eight years after his first participation. The sensations are there, and we hope that success will not be far behind. We certainly know that he is capable of taking a stage, but he could also look to do well in the general classification.”

BEN GASTAUER

Born November, 14. 1987. 30 years old.-
Height / Weight : 190 cm / 73 kg
Vuelta : 3rd participation
2 victories
Main results :
Tour du Haut Var (2015) ; 21st Tour de France (2014)

"Ben is an experienced rider. He has already proved his abilities at a Grand Tour. He is strong enough to perform as the third rider to keep our squad high in the overall team standings, and he is a valuable worker for the whole group.”

ALEXANDRE GENIEZ

Born April, 16, 1988. 30 years old
Height / Weight : 182 cm / 84 kg
Vuelta : 6th participation
13 victories
Main results :
Vuelta a Espana stage winner (2013-2016) ; 11th Giro d’Italia (2018) ; Winner Tre Valli Varesine (2017) ;

"Unlike when he raced the Giro (taking 11th), Alexandre will not be at the start of the Vuelta to aim for the overall classification.
He has already shown in the past (stage wins in 2013, 2016), that he knows what to do when he is in a position to take a stage victory. He has prepared well in the mountains, and is capable of doing great things.”

ALEXIS GOUGEARD

Born March 5, 1993. 25 years old
Height / Weight : 176 cm / 66 kg
Vuelta : 3rd participation
8 victories
Main results :
La Vuelta a espana stage winner (2015) ; 4th Quatre Jours de Dunkerque (2018)

"Alexis is a warrior, strong enough to succeed solo as he proved in his during his first participation in the Vuelta in 2015. He is a key rider for the team and able to win.

NANS PETERS

Born March 12, 1994. 24 years old
Height / Weight : 177 cm / 72 kg
Vuelta : 1st participation
Main results : 5th GC Tour de l’Ain (2018) ; 13th Ruta Del Sol (2018) ;

“In his second year as a professional, Nans has shown that he has progressed physically. He has not been very far from taking a victory either. He is ready to discover how to race a three week tour. He will be there to learn, to work for the team, but he will also have the freedom to seize an opportunity should it pop up.”

THE NUMBER

22

After five Tours de France and eleven Giri d’Italia, Hubert Dupont is preparing to take the start of his sixth Vuelta a Espana.
Ahead of starting his twenty-second Grand Tour, Dupont, who comes from Lyon in France, has had to abandon only one of the three week tours that he has started, and has finished seven times in the top 20 of the general classification.