ROMAIN BARDET :”Great team cohesion “
“We did a good time trial. The team fought as one man in order to post a good time, because you have to have all eight involved. I take my hat off to the guys who had to drop off 10 kilometers from the finish, like Axel Domont and Silvan Dillier; they gave 100% of themselves. Tony Gallopin did a huge amount of work despite his broken rib, and Pierre Latour was very impressive. He is the best French rouleur for sure. My legs are going well considering I’ve been five weeks without racing. I’m waiting for this first week of increasing pressure to be in top form in time for the mountains. You have to concentrate for 21 stages. The level is always high, and precious seconds are won everywhere.”
VINCENT LAVENU :”We have improved”
“It’s a good time trial. The team worked very well together. Especially considering we started with two of our strongest riders injured, so there were uncertainties for us. Nevertheless, Tony Gallopin and Silvan Dillier were solid; they helped the team to stay consistent throughout the course. The overall result is good. We have cut our losses compared to the best teams during the Dauphiné team time trial. So we have made progress. It’s reassuring that we have a very well organized team around Romain Bardet. Pierre Latour’s work was absolutely decisive, and Romain was very strong too. That’s a good omen for the future”
This was AG2R La Mondiale’s average speed during the team time trial.