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Tour de France: AG2R LA MONDIALE selects first 7 riders

During a press briefing this Thursday morning at the AG2R LA MONDIALE headquarters, Vincent Lavenu, General Manager of the AG2R LA MONDIALE cycling team, announced the names of the first seven riders who have been selected to take part in the 2019 Tour de France wearing the colors of the Group:

Romain Bardet
Mikaël Cherel
Benoit Cosnefroy
Mathias Frank
Tony Gallopin
Pierre Latour
Oliver Naesen

The eighth rider will be named after the National Championships on June 30th.

VINCENT LAVENU: "Influence the race at all times"

"We must live up to the expectations of the public, the media, and partners who like to see the French teams shine. In the recent past, we have been able to demonstrate our ability to play a leading role at the Grande Boucle with 3 podiums, a victory in the team standings, a white jersey, multiple stage wins and many exciting attacks. We have built a strong, motivated and dynamic team around our leader, Romain Bardet. We will approach the Tour de France with humility in view of the scope of the event, but also with ambition, and the seriousness to be able to influence the race at all times. We hope to have more success than in 2018. Last year, after only a few days, we lost 3 riders who were forced to abandon due to injuries."VINCENT LAVENU

ANDRÉ RENAUDIN: "The riders are admirable and supportive"

André RENAUDIN, General Manager of AG2R LA MONDIALE:
"Vincent Lavenu has put together a very good team for the Tour de France 2019; all riders are united, supportive, and hardworking. Their ability to ride outside themselves and their stamina impresses me. All of AG2R LA MONDIALE's members are behind them at every stage with tremendous enthusiasm."ANDRÉ RENAUDIN

Les coureurs sélectionnés

ROMAIN BARDET

28 years old
Tour de France:
> 6 participations
> Best results : 2nd (2016), 3rd (2017),
3 stage victories (2015-2016-2017)
7 career victories
Best results for 2019:
> 2nd at Tour du Haut Var
> 2nd at Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenges
> 5th at Paris-Nice

Vincent Lavenu :
"Romain will once again be a charismatic leader for the team. He deserves all our attention and support in view of his past performances at the Tour de France, his overall dedication, and his top condition. He has once again prepared himself very well, and will be at his best at the Tour.”

MIKAEL CHEREL

33 years old
Tour de France:
> 4 participations
> Best result: 18th (2015)
Best result 2019: 11th in the 3rd stage of the Tour de la Provence

Vincent Lavenu:
"Mika has regained his best level. He provides essential support in the mountains, especially alongside Romain. He can also be an able road captain thanks to his ability to read the race, particularly in his positioning within the pack.”

BENOIT COSNEFROY

23 years old
Tour de France: 1st participation
3 career victories
Best results for 2019:
> Winner of Paris-Camembert
> Winner GP de Plumelec

Vincent Lavenu:
"Benoît is a young rider who will continue his education by racing the first Grand Tour of his career. He has demonstrated that he has the ability to succeed at the UCI WorldTour level. He exudes enthusiasm and freshness, and knows how to win races.”

TONY GALLOPIN

31 years old
Tour de France:
> 8 participations
> Best result: 21st (2017),
winner of a stage and wearing the yellow jersey (2014)
12 career victories
Best results for 2019:
> 2nd in the 7th stage of the Giro d’Italia,
> 3rd in the general classification of the Tour de la Provence.

Vincent Lavenu:
"Tony will tackle this Tour de France in better conditions than last year when he was injured just before the Tour in
a crash at the French National Championships. He will bring to the team his versatility. He’s a great rouleur and climbs well too. And he has a huge amount of experience. In strategic moments, he is able to help his teammates navigate the situation.”

MATHIAS FRANK

32 years old
Tour de France:
> 3 participations
> Best result: 8th (2015)
Best results for 2019:
> 2nd at Tour de l’Ain
> 3rd place in the 2nd stage

Vincent Lavenu:
"Mathias has a lot of experience, and is a very calm rider. He has a very high level, and has shown great abilities in recent weeks. He is a valuable teammate, especially in the mountains.”

PIERRE LATOUR

25 years old
Tour de France:
> 2 participations
> Best result: 13th (2018)
3 career victories

Vincent Lavenu:
"Pierre scared us this year with a heavy crash. But now he has returned to racing and has reassured us of his level. He is a complete rider, a good rouleur and strong climber. So he is able to shine on many terrains. He will be an asset to Romain in the decisive moments, but he can also play his card in certain racing situations."

OLIVER NAESEN

28 years old
Tour de France:
> 3 participations
> Best result: 63rd (2017)

4 career victories
Best results for 2019:
> 2nd Milan San Remo
> 3rd Gent Wevelgem

Vincent Lavenu:
"Oliver Naesen is our fortress for the flat and the hilly stages. He is a valuable force in reassuring and protecting our leader. He is very team oriented, and able to win a stage when the opportunity arises."

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