AURÉLIEN PARET-PEINTRE : “The Flèche Wallonne is part of the history of cycling”
” I had good feelings at the Amstel Gold Race and just missed my sprint. We now aim ourselves toward the Flèche Wallonne where we have the highest ambitions since the final is a place where Benoît Cosnefroy can be very competitive. I really want to put myself in the role of the strongest teammate to place him in the best possible position at the foot of the Mur de Huy. The Flèche Wallonne is a race that is decided in the last two minutes of effort, and it has been very rare in recent years to see an attack anticipating those final steep moments to succeed at the end. This is my second participation. I like this kind of race because it feels that it is a part of the history of cycling even if there will be few fans on the side of the road. Every year beautiful images result that echo and enhance the special atmosphere that accompanies this race. Liège-Bastogne-Liège suits me better with longer climbs. I will surely have a free role to try to get myself to the front of that race.”AURÉLIEN PARET-PEINTRE
Bob Jungels out of Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège
As a result of his crash on Sunday at the Amstel Gold Race, Bob Jungels suffered a slight cranial trauma without any symptoms. However, in the course of his training session this Monday, it was apparent that Jungels had not fully recovered. Therefore the medical advisors for the AG2R Citroën Team, in agreement with Bob Jungels, decided to observe a one-week rest period that will require him to miss Flèche Wallonne (April 21) and Liège-Bastogne-Liège (April 25).
"I am very disappointed because these two races are among the most important events of the season. But at the moment, it is more prudent for me not to race such demanding events," Bob Jungels explained. He will be replaced by Lawrence Naesen.
Benoît Cosnefroy finished second in the Flèche Wallonne in 2020. This will be his fourth participation. Hampered by knee pain at the beginning of the season, this will be only his seventh race day this year. He finished eighth at the Flèche Brabançonne last Wednesday.
Training camp in the Alps from May 14 to 22
Greg Van Avermaet, Oliver Naesen, Benoît Cosnefroy, Michaël Schär, Clément Venturini and Dorian Godon will be at a training camp in the Alps from May 14 to 22.