Tony Gallopin to assist Romain Bardet and Oliver Naesen at AG2R La Mondiale
Aug 03 2017 12:40 am CET

Tony Gallopin to assist Romain Bardet and Oliver Naesen at AG2R La Mondiale

French cyclist Tony Gallopin is leaving Lotto-Soudal to join AG2R La Mondiale from his home country at the end of the current season.

The team announced this through a press release issued on Wednesday evening.

"I am leaving Lotto Soudal having spent four years there. I was able to live through some very beautiful emotions, and I can only thank the team for this experience," Gallopin said in the statement.

"I am delighted to be joining AG2R La Mondiale Pro Cycling Team. We saw again recently at the Tour de France that this is a team that is among the best in the world. The vision of the sporting project is what seduced me and won me over.

"I will have a varied role. On the one hand, I will be playing a big part in the spring classics and hopefully helping Oliver Naesen to land a monument. I know that I will also have my own chance when racing the week-long events like Paris-Nice. I have been able to prove also that some of the one-day races suit me, and I hope to earn some great victories while wearing the AG2R La Mondiale Pro Cycling Team jersey.

"And then another part of my job will be to support Romain Bardet at the Tour de France. I am very motivated by this new challenge," he concluded.

Gallopin, 29, joined his current team from RadioShack-Nissan in 2014 after having won the Clasica San Sebastian in the previous year. In his first season at the Belgian team, he won a stage at the Tour de France. He also won the Grand Prix de Wallonie in 2016.

In the current season, Gallopin came close to victory a few times with second places at the Clasica San Sebastian and the Etoile de Besseges, in addition to finishing third at the Volta ao Algarve.
Photo of Tony Gallopin (cropped) by Lotto-Soudal