Romain Bardet and Tony Gallopin headline AG2R La Mondiale at Paris-Nice
Mar 07 2019 03:26 am CET

Romain Bardet and Tony Gallopin headline AG2R La Mondiale at Paris-Nice
Romain Bardet and Tony Gallopin headline AG2R La Mondiale at Paris-Nice
AG2R La Mondiale © Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Romain Bardet and Tony Gallopin will be the leaders of AG2R La Mondiale in Paris-Nice. The race will start on the 10th of March and will be held until the 17th.

A strong team will support the two designated captains, who will also use part of this race as a preparation for the Tour de France. "The first three stages of Paris-Nice will be fairly traditional, and we will certainly expect to invest a lot of effort in keeping our two leaders, Tony Gallopin and Romain Bardet, well placed," said Sports Director Julien Jurdie.

"Starting on Wednesday, the crossing of the Massif Central with the arrival in Pélussin, can create the first surprises. The time trial around Barbentane will be interesting as a test with a view to the next Tour de France."

This will also be a good chance for the riders to test their legs ahead of the big races. "Of course, the attraction of the week will be the climb of Turini on Saturday," explained Jurdie. "It will be the first long pass of the beginning of the season, climbing more than fifteen kilometres. The guy's bodies are not yet accustomed to this kind of effort.

"For several years, we have also seen that the short stage on Sunday can tilt the race. Throughout this past weekend, whether in Belgium or on the roads of the Drôme Ardèche, we were playing a big part in all of the races. We hope to continue in that direction."

AG2R La Mondiale's line-up for Paris-Nice (10th to 17th of March):

Romain Bardet
Tony Gallopin
Mikael Cherel
Mathias Frank
Oliver Naesen
Stijn Vandenbergh
Benoit Cosnefroy




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