Bardet Brings French Something To Cheer At Tour de France Stage 18

By Barnaby CHESTERMAN Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne, France, July 23, 2015 (AFP) - Romain Bardet helped salvage some host pride with victory on the 18th stage of the Tour de France on Thursday. The 24-year-old took off on his own with just under 40km remaining of the 186.5km stage from Gap to Saint Jean de Maurienne to take victory -- his first on the Tour -- 33sec … [Read more...]

AG2R Team Devastated After Mondory Tests EPO Positive

Saint-Amand-Montrond, France, March 10, 2015 (AFP) - The world of cycling was hit by another doping scandal on Tuesday when French rider Lloyd Mondory was revealed to have tested positive for EPO, the International Cycling Union (UCI) have announced. Mondory, 32, of the AG2R La Mondiale team, who has twice taken part in the Tour de France, returned a positive test for the … [Read more...]

AG2R Opt For ‘Eight and Half’ Frenchmen

PARIS, June 24, 2012 (AFP) - The AG2R-La Mondiale team will field virtually an-all French team for the Tour de France, but there will be no place for experienced Italian rider Rinaldo Nocentini who led the race in 2009. "We have never had so many French riders," said team manager Vincent Lavenu. "There will be eight and a half," he added, in reference to Ireland's Nicolas Roche, who is … [Read more...]

Roche heads up AG2R Vuelta challenge

PARIS, Aug 8, 2011 (AFP) - Irish rider Nicolas Roche will lead the AG2R team in the forthcoming Tour of Spain the French outfit announced on Monday. The 27-year-old, son of Irish cycling legend Stephen, finished a creditable 26th on the Tour de France and is the only one of the nine man team selected to have competed in this year's edition of the world's most prestigious cycling race. … [Read more...]

Jean-Christophe Péraud Leaves Omega Pharma-Lotto

By a mutual agreement, Omega Pharma-Lotto and Jean-Christophe Péraud have decided to put an end to their collaboration. Jean-Christophe had been given by Omega Pharma-Lotto a chance to become a professional road racer, after having shown his capabilities as a mountain biker as well as having been the 2009 French ITT champion. A heavy crash at Dauphiné Libéré had kept him to confirm … [Read more...]

Sébastien Minard Joins AG2R

French Sebastien Minard (Cofidis) has signed a two-year contract with the cycling team AG2R, it was announced Monday by the French team. Picard has two victories as a pro, and is only 28 years old. Winner of 2005 Tour de l'Avenir, he won this year's Paris-Camembert race under the colors of the Cofidis team he joined in 2006. … [Read more...]

Le Lay Out of Tour After Stage Three Crash

ARENBERG, France - Frenchman David Le Lay became the latest crash victim of the Tour de France on Tuesday, the AG2R rider being forced to leave the race after suffering apparent collarbone injuries. Stage three on the race features seven cobblestoned sections totaling 13km that were set to take a heavy toll on a peloton which, after just two days, has suffered more than its fair share of … [Read more...]

Tour de Suisse – AG2R Has Four Riders Drop Out

On Wednesday AG2R saw four of their eight riders drop out of the Tour de Suisse, Lloyd Mondory, José Luis Arrieta, Sebastien Hinault and Ludovic Turpin. Mondory and Arrieta did not start after having been victims of crashes during stage 4. Mondory found it "very difficult to walk" after falling heavily in the final sprint crash of stage 4 in Wettingen, said the team's sporting … [Read more...]

Giro d’Italia – The French Teams Speak

AMSTERDAM (Netherlands), May 6, 2010 - Three French teams will line up on Saturday for the Giro, the second national tour of the year. Officials of three teams (AG2R, Bbox, Cofidis) explained their motivations and background for the race that has been severely shaken by recurring doping scandals. What brings you the Giro? Vincent Lavenu (AG2R): "This is a test of a very … [Read more...]

AG2R Goes With Dupont

PARIS, May 4, 2010 (AFP) - The French team of AG2R called on Hubert Dupont instead of Slovenian Tadej Valjavec on Tuesday for the Giro, which starts Saturday in Amsterdam. Valjavec was laid off without delay after the announcement by the International Cycling Union (UCI) that he was accused of doping based on changes in abnormal blood values. Dupont has ridden the Giro twice before. … [Read more...]