Ben O’Connor: «The third week of the Grand Tours suit me well»
“I didn’t feel as good as the day before, but I managed to get through it. It’s a good day for me and for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM. The third week of the Grand Tours suit me well. Wilco Kelderman and I did the same race today. I’m fourth in the overall standings but the gap with him is slim (32’’). We will see on Saturday after the time trial.”Ben
Aurélien Paret Peintre is fifteenth in the general classification and fourth in the best young rider classification. “For my first Tour, I am satisfied. There have been ups and downs, but I have been in the mix,” Aurélien Paret Peintre explained. The AG2R CITROËN team is fourth in the team classification.“It’s a great day for our team, without too much stress since the race was going so smoothly. In Brest, at the start of the Tour de France, we did not expect such a good result,” Vincent Lavenu, general manager of the AG2R CITROËN TEAM, said.
Bidard, Chérel, Gastaeur, Peters and Venturini are back to racing
Five of our riders who have had to take a break from racing due to health problems will return to competition in the coming weeks.
Mikaël Chérel, who suffered a double collarbone fracture last November in training, will compete in his first race of the season on July 31 at the Clasica San Sebastian.
François Bidard will also return at the Clasica San Sebastian after having to abandon on the sixth stage of the Giro d´Italia with a fractured left collarbone.
Clément Venturini, who has not raced since abandoning during the fifth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné (due to a knee injury following a crash), and Nans Peters, who left the Tour de France during the 9th stage, because of a fracture of the lumbar transverse apophysis, will participate in the Tour de l’Ain (July 29-31).
Ben Gastauer, who has not raced since the Itzulia Basque Country in April and suffered from saddle sore issues, will be at the start of the Tour de Poland (August 9-15).