Tour de France (stage 20): Ben O’Connor 4th in GC, Aurélien Paret Peintre 15th

Ben O’Connor : «I’m taking a new step forward»

«On Friday, I felt a lot of emotion thinking about the Tour de France, and what I was doing. Today, I am super happy. I have taken a new step forward with a team that trusted an Australian rider. When I think back to what we went through the first day, where I thought I had a fractured shoulder, had stitches and was sore all over the place, and that most of the team had also crashed, I can only savor what we are going through right now.»Ben

Aurélien Paret-Peintre : «I’m satisfied»

« It was a difficult time in a superb landscape… which I found very beautiful to watch on TV before taking the start. I am happy to finish my first Tour de France. My results are pretty good, even if the last week was difficult. I was able to get into two great breakaways which pushed me forward towards a good spot in the overall classification. I am satisfied.»Aurélien

Le chiffre

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With Ben O’Connor’s 4th place, it will be the eighth time since 2014 that a rider from the AG2R CITROËN TEAM has finished in the top 10 of the Tour de France.

Jean-Christophe Péraud finished 2nd in 2014, Romain Bardet, 2nd in 2016, 3rd in 2017, 6th in both 2014 and in 2018, as well as 9th in 2015, and now Ben O’Connor is 4th in 2021.

The news

Ben O’Connor will return to racing at the Deutschland Tour

After a few days off, Ben O’Connor will return to competition at the Deutschland Tour (August 26-29). He should then participate in the Tour du Jura (September 4), the Tour du Doubs (September 5) and the Tour du Luxembourg (September 14-18).

Aurélien Paret Peintre, Nans Peters, and Dorian Godon will compete in the Tour de l’Ain (July 29 – August 1).

Oliver Naesen will be at the start of the Arctic Race (August 5-8) and then the Cyclacics Hamburg (August 22).

Greg Van Avermaet, Michaël Schär and Benoit Cosnefroy will participate to the Olympic race (July 24th).

These programs are subject to change.