Didier Jannel : “Be in the game right from the start”
“Unlike other years, Tirreno Adriatico does not have a big mountain stage. We will be faced with a sequence of hills where the classics specialists will be able to show off their skills. The race opens with a team time trial that is 21.5km long, and I think that it will play a 60% role in determining the final overall classification. So it will be important to be in the game right from the start. Alexis Vuillermoz is in good shape, as he proved recently. And he will be our leader for the overall standings. We can also count on a rider like Silvan Dillier who has already performed very well in the first two classics of the season. Julien Duval and Nans Peters, who was at the front of the early season French races, will also be important to the team.”DIDIER JANNEL
Fourth in the 2014 edition, Jean-Christophe Péraud earned the highest place for the AG2R LA MONDIALE team at Tirreno Adriatico.
Naesen 12th at the first stage of Paris-Nice
Oliver Naesen took the 12th place at the end of the first stage of Paris-Nice. “It was a very tense day. We were not far from the “orange” warning for violent winds, and we were 160 riders ready to fight and to trap each other. I was lucky to have a strong team, and Tony knows the roads well.The day went off without a hitch despite the stress,” Romain Bardet explained, having taken 45th on the stage finishing safely in the pack.