Alexis Vuillermoz takes first victory of the season for AG2R La Mondiale in Drome Classic
Mar 04 2019 05:38 am CET

Alexis Vuillermoz takes first victory of the season for AG2R La Mondiale in Drome Classic
Alexis Vuillermoz takes first victory of the season for AG2R La Mondiale in Drome Classic
AG2R La Mondiale © Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Alexis Vuillermoz has taken the victory of La Drome Classic, which is also the first victory for AG2R in the 2019 season so far.

The seventh edition of the race was 207.8 kilometres long and the French rider crossed the finish line three seconds ahead Groupama-FDJ's Valentin Madouas. "I was focused on the last climb, the Mur de Livron," said the rider at the end of the race. "Romain (Bardet) was a decisive player by going along with a lot of attacks, especially with Lilian Calmejane and Warren Barguil. I actually had less good legs than yesterday and at the foot of the wall, I did not really believe in my chances.

"As I climbed, I felt good and when Anthony Perez made a move, I was able to accelerate. What makes me happy is to have been able to catch back up on the climb. I felt good there, but I was careful because the descent is very complicated."

The last time the rider took the victory was at the 2017 Tour du Limousin, where he won the second stage and topped the overall classification. "I did not manage to win a race last year, so this win feels good," Vuillermoz explained. "In 2018 I was coming off two fantastic seasons where I was winning and playing a big part for the team, and already the season has been difficult with crashes and injuries.

"This is the first win of the year for the AG2R La Mondiale team. We've really been knocking on the door in recent weeks, there is no doubt about that. So winning here is very good for the morale."




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