2010 Ag2r la Mondiale Team
Vincent Lavenu's Pro Tour squad returns after a successful 2009 campaign
bolstered in numbers and new talent ready to make their mark in the new season
Though it's 5 victories in 2009 may not seem to many to constitute a
successful year the team can celebrate 24 trips to the podium in near misses for
a victory. The the team will more likely be remembered more for their a
aggressiveness and presence in breaks as in the 14th stage pf the tour where
Nicholas Roche escaped with a group of twelve and won the sprint for second only
18 seconds after Serguei Ivanov escaped in the final kilometers for the win over
5 minutes ahead of the peloton.
2009 Tour de France, stage 14: Nicolas Roche wins the sprint for 2nd over
Roulston and Maaskant. Photo ©
2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
The real highlight of the young team for will be they spent on the front of
the peloton in during he tour de France as they supported Italian team mate
Rinaldo Nocentini in the yellow jersey of tour leader. If that were not enough
the team led the rankiings for the week and finished in 4th on the final team
classification as the top French team. Nocentini would finish 10th on the G.C.
A week in yellow at the tour de France for Ag2r la Mondiale's Rinaldo Nocentini,
couldn't be happier. Photo © 2009
That alone would make any sponsor happy as TV around the world followed their
team and the commentators called out the teams name as they led the peloton or
appeared on the podium.
But it wasn't the first time that year that the Ag2r lads wore a leaders
jersey in a stage race. Slovene Tadej Valjavec took the yellow jersey at the
tour of Switzerland and led the race until the final day where he lost over 3
minutes to Fabian Cancellara in the final stage time trial in Berne. One can't
fault the rider or team who fought with great courage for the victory. We
shouldn't have been too surprised by Tadej as he had led the team in the Giro
d'Italia that year finishing in 9th place.
2009 Tour of Switzerland, Stage 7: A happy Tadej Valjavec after a tough stage,
holds on to the yellow jersey for another round of kisses from the Swiss misses.
Photo © 2009 Fotoreporter Sirotti
Vincent Lavenu has assembled an international squad of 28 riders (up 8 riders
from 2009) from 7 countries for the coming season. All the strongmen have
returned to ride, Nocentini, Valjavec, Christophe Riblon, Ludovic Turpin, The
Efimkin twins: Alexander & Vladimir, Martin Elmiger and John Gadret; along with
veterans: Sébastien Hinault, Cyril Dessel and Luis Arrieta of Spain who will be
useful guiding what is largely a young team with 7 riders under 25 years of age.
Over the off season Irish road champion Nicolas Roche was awarded the
Eurosport Trophy for teh best young French rider or rider on a French team.
The ranking is based on the number of miles to escape and the final ranking of
each rider in events broadcast on Eurosport.
This trophy rewards Nicolas Roche who stepped up attacks throughout the season
and has confirmed the hopes placed in him by Vincent Lavenu.
This year Roche won Irish road title
and finished 2nd and 4th in stages during his first Tour de France.
Nicolas Roche and Rinaldo Nocentini caught in a pre stage interview in front of
the Ag2r team bus. Photo © 2009
Cyril Dessel has also been busy releasing his book this week on November
21rst. The book titled:
"Mes rêves en jaune au pays des Verts
" (My dream of yellow in the land of Green) looks back on the career of
Etienne, describing the rigours of the daily life of a top athlete and rider and
his life on Ag2r la Mondiale.
Cycling fans and riders will find the account filled with "professional advice".
Several players from the world cycling are also involved in this book written in
collaboration with writer Philippe Besson.
book, I encourage all young people to persevere and not get discouraged after
failures. There are several interesting chapters for those seeking advice.I
wanted to beautify the bike and especially that it is possible to wear the
yellow jersey of the Tour by turning in a clen performance."
"I wanted at any price for the book to be a picture of me, between
simplicity, sympathy and relief. Those who know me will find me in this book,
those who don't will get to know me. The book is really my picture."
Published by Editions de Phénicie in France.
Ag2r la Mondiale 2010 Team Roster
José Luis Arrieta (Spain - 38)
Guillaume Bonnafond (France - 22)
Cyril Dessel (France) - 35)
Hubert Dupont (France - 29)
Alexander Efimkin (Russia - 28)
Vladimir Efimkin (Russia - 28)
Martin Elmiger (Switzterland - 31)
John Gadret (France - 30)
Sébastien Hinault (France - 35)
Blel Kadri (France - 23)
Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukraine - 30)
Julien Loubet (France - 24)
René Mandri (Estonia - 25)
Lloyd Mondory (France - 27)
Rinaldo Nocentini (Italy - 32)
Christophe Riblon (France - 28)
Nicolas Roche (Ireland - 25)
Nicolas Rousseau (France - 26)
Gatis Smukulis (Latvia - 22)
Ludovic Turpin (France - 34)
Tadej Valjavec (Slovénia - 32)
Julien Berard (France - 22 ) 2009 : Chambéry
Maxime Bouet (France - 23) 2009 :
Dimitri Champion (France - 26) 2009 : Bretagne Schuller*
Ben Gastauer (Luxembourg - 22) 2009 :
Kristof Goddaert (Belgium - 23)
2009 : Topsport Vlaanderen
David Le Lay (France - 30) 2009 : Agritubel
Anthony Ravard (France - 26) - 2009 : Agritubel
Neo Pro* - U25
Général Manager: Vincent Lavenu
Directeur Sportifs :
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Wheels: Mavic www.mavic.fr
Tires: Michelin www.michelin.fr
Helmets: SPIUK www.spiuk.com
Pedals: TIME www.time-sport.com
About Groupe Ag2r laMondiale - AG2R La Mondiale is a mutual system to
cover all risks of human life, in respect of their founding values and
principles of social economy. By uniting the two players gave birth to a new
group that is characterized by comprehensive expertise in insurance and social
protection of heritage and principles of action that combine economic
performance and social commitment. With a total of € 13.3 billion of
contributions for 8 million policyholders, AG2R La Mondiale is the 9th largest
personal insurer in France.
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