Jean-Baptiste Quiclet : “A young and motivated team”
“The Tour du Doubs is one of the most beautiful races of the season, and we will be able to count on a pretty young team. Clément Champoussin has just won the difficult Giro della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, and should be in his element at this event. Jaakko Hänninen will also be able to show off his qualities as a climber. They both can also use this Coupe de France event to prepare for the U23 World Championships. This race will necessarily be extremely special for Hubert Dupont who is about to retire. This will be his last competition in France, and takes place not too far from his home, so his family will be on the side of the road. We will also be on the start line with the intention of defending our place at the top of the team classification for the Coupe de France.”JEAN-BAPTISTE QUICLET
Ahead of the Tour du Doubs, which is the thirteenth round of the Coupe de France, AG2R LA MONDIALE leads the team classification with 103 points.
Arkea-Samsic is in second place with 87 points. In the individual classification, Benoît Cosnefroy is in second place with 150 points.
Bouchard defends his jersey
At the end of the 18th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, Geoffrey Bouchard has defended his King of the Mountains jersey. With 39 points remaining until Sunday's finish in Madrid, he now has a 32-point lead over Angel Madrazo. "The stage again was raced at a crazy pace. The team has helped me a lot today, and I'm happy to have been able to secure an extra 26 points. On the last climb when the favorites from the general classification caught us, I tried to hang on, but I could not fight for long.”