VINCENT LAVENU : “Extraordinary momentum to move ahead”
“The Tour will be an important moment in social and sporting life. We will arrive at the start with our best assets and a very likely duo of Romain Bardet and Pierre Latour. We are not starting from scratch, since our riders are training and they are in constant contact with the coaches and sport directors of the AG2R LA MONDIALE team. Even though the Tour will not take place in July, we hope that when the race passes through the villages, the teachers will still allow the students the opportunity to see the riders go past.
The fans will certainly miss it, but the excitement and all the Tour represents will certainly offer an extraordinary momentum to move ahead. With the UEFA Euro 2020 and the Olympic Games being postponed, this will certainly be the biggest sporting event organized this year. At the moment, most of our riders are training on the turbo at home, often using connected software platforms, which allows them to find each other and ride together. It’s not the same or as nice as going out on the road, but I am not worried about their preparation for the Tour. We hope that among the postponed events, the Critérium du Dauphiné will serve as a springboard before the Tour. The calendar will be packed over the last three months of the year. We will organize the racing schedule for each rider. It will be intense, perhaps, but we will adapt. We now have the benchmarks that allow us to move forward.” »VINCENT LAVENU
PIERRE LATOUR : “If it can make people smile”
“If the Tour starts at the end of August, this will mean that the current situation in France and more generally in the world, will have improved. We have not had the opportunity to train on the road for four weeks, but that is not very important compared to what is currently happening in hospitals. I’m glad that the cycling season can start again, if it can make people smile and think about something else, that’s all that matters.”PIERRE LATOUR
Since 2014, the AG2R LA MONDIALE team has won one of the official classifications for Tour de France and has stepped on the final podium in Paris seven times.
2014: Second place for Jean-Christophe Péraud; Best Team Classification
2015: Romain Bardet, Most Aggressive Rider
2016: Second place for Romain Bardet
2017: Third place for Romain Bardet
2018: Pierre Latour Best Young Rider
2019: Romain Bardet King of the Mountains