Paris-Roubaix (14th april) - Equipe cycliste AG2R La Mondiale

Paris-Roubaix (14th april)

VINCENT LAVENU : “We are aiming for a big day”

“We are coming to Paris-Roubaix with big ambitions. Whether in Milan San Remo or Gent Wevelgem, Oliver Naesen has consistently proved that he is one of the best racers at the classics. At the Tour of Flanders, his big goal, he took 7th place in spite of the fact he was suffering bronchial issues. That bodes well for this coming weekend. Our hope is to reach the podium, and even a victory. We are looking for the big exploit. Since early March and the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, the guys have raced together, they know each other well, and everyone, from the staff to the racers, are all very motivated. At the Tour of Flanders, we also saw how strong of a lieutenant Stijn Vandebergh can be. He was pushing at the front in the last hour of race. Of course, by mentioning Paris-Roubaix, I do not forget Silvan Dillier. VINCENT LAVENU

THE NUMBER

4

Clément Venturini took 4th place in the first stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe: "After my crash at the Route Adélie last Friday, this placing has reassured me today. I have some regrets about how the sprint unfolded, but I will just remember that the legs are good.”

THE NEWS

Bardet returns to racing at Paris-Camembert

Even in light of his hard crash in the eighth stage of the Volta Catalunya on March 31, Romain Bardet will follow the race schedule originally planned for him and take part in Paris-Camembert (April 16) before continuing onto the Ardennes classics, Amstel Gold Race (April 21), Flèche Wallonne (April 24) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 28). Alexis Vuillermoz, who has been handicapped by an injury to the adductor muscle-tendon junction, will resume racing at the Tour des Alpes (April 22-26).