AG2R CITROEN TEAM
AG2R CITROEN TEAM
This year is the 30th consecutive season for the team created by Vincent Lavenu in 1992. And the amazing story still goes on! The oldest French squad in the peloton has had three main sponsors throughout its lifetime: Chazal, Casino and Ag2r. After twelve seasons competing as AG2R La Mondiale, it has now joined forces with the famous carmaker Citroën. It has featured 27 times in the Tour de France, where it has been a permanent fixture since 1997 with varying degrees of success, ranging from the fall from grace of its leaders Rodolfo Massi (1998) and Francisco Mancebo (2006) to the podium places of Jean-Christophe Péraud (2014) and Romain Bardet (2016 and 2017), not to mention Rinaldo Nocentini's eight-day adventure in yellow in 2009.
The team from Savoy was established in Chambéry and has been based there ever since. It focuses on French riders. Some, including Sylvain Calzati, winner of the stage to Lorient in 2006, and Cyril Dessel, who wore the yellow jersey and finished sixth overall in the same year, come from Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes. Others are home-grown talents, including Estonia's Jaan Kirsipuu, who rode for Lavenu from 1992 to 2004, winning four stages and spending six days in yellow in 1999, and Picard Christophe Riblon, who started on the track and went on to win a mountain stage in 2010 and another in 2013, when he was named the most combative rider of the Tour de France, a feat repeated by Romain Bardet in 2015.
AG2R La Mondiale, the winner of the team classification in 2014, has reaped the rewards of its approach to training with the rise of Romain Bardet, the top-placed French rider in the 2013 Tour (fifteenth), who finished sixth overall in 2014 after a stint in the white jersey and came in ninth in 2015 with a victory in the Alps and wearing the polka-dot jersey all the way to the Champs-Élysées (third in the mountains classification, after Chris Froome and Nairo Quintana). The rider from Auvergne with an outstanding university record, who won mountain stages three years in a row, finished on the podium for the second time in 2017, came in sixth in 2018 and claimed the polka-dot jersey in 2019, has passed on the torch to a new generation led by Benoît Cosnefroy, who wore the polka-dot jersey for two thirds of the 2020 Tour de France, and Nans Peters, the winner of a stage to Loudenvielle.
27: the number of Tour de France starts by Vincent Lavenu's team, a record among extant French squads.
- Final victory0
- Stages victories19
- Yellows Jerseys16
- Other race Won0
Overall wins: 0
Podium finishes: 3
2014: Jean-Christophe Péraud, second
2016: Romain Bardet, second
2017: Romain Bardet, third
Stage wins: 19
1998: Jacky Durand in Montauban and Rodolfo Massi in Luchon
1999: Jaan Kirsipuu in Challans
2000: Christophe Agnolutto in Limoges
2001: Jaan Kirsipuu in Strasbourg
2002: Jaan Kirsipuu in Rouen
2004: Jaan Kirsipuu in Charleroi and Jean-Patrick Nazon in Wasquehal
2006: Sylvain Calzati in Lorient
2008: Vladimir Efimkin in Bagnères-de-Bigorre and Cyril Dessel in Jausiers
2010: Christophe Riblon at Ax-3 Domaines
2013: Christophe Riblon on the Alpe d'Huez
2014: Biel Kadri in Gérardmer-La Mauselaine
2015: Alexis Vuillermoz in Mûr-de-Bretagne and Romain Bardet in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
2016: Romain Bardet in Saint-Gervais-Mont Blanc
2017: Romain Bardet at Peyragudes
2020: Nans Peters in Loudenvielle
Secondary classification wins: 7
1998: Jacky Durand (most combative rider)
1999: Benoît Salmon (best young rider)
2013: Christophe Riblon (most combative rider)
2014: team classification
2015: Romain Bardet (most combative rider)
2018: Pierre Latour (best young rider)
2019: Romain Bardet (mountains classification)
Yellow jerseys: 16
1998: Bo Hamburger, one day
1999: Jaan Kirsipuu, six days
2006: Cyril Dessel, one day
2009: Rinaldo Nocentini, eight days
5 July 1999: Jaan Kirsipuu, one of the riders who have been with Vincent Lavenu from the start, becomes the first Estonian to wear the yellow jersey.
27 July 2014: At age 37, the 2008 mountain bike Olympic silver medallist, Jean-Christophe Péraud, finishes one step below winner Vincenzo Nibali on the final podium of the Tour de France and then climbs onto the top step with his victorious team!
22 July 2017: In a time trial in Marseille, Romain Bardet saves his spot on the final podium (third) by a single second over Mikel Landa, a year after finishing runner-up to Chris Froome in Paris.
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