Pierre Latour to start in French national championships with uncertainty
Jun 25 2019 04:56 am CET

Pierre Latour to start in French national championships with uncertainty
Pierre Latour to start in French national championships with uncertainty
AG2R La Mondiale © Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

AG2R La Mondiale's Pierre Latour is prepared to face the French national championships in La Haye Fouassiere. Many other riders of the team are set to start in the championships of their countries.

Latour suffered a crash in February that left him with many injuries -including a fracture in the left wrist- and he is slowly returning to the rhythm of racing. "Unlike last year, I'm going to start the French Championships without any real certainty," he commented. "I have only started two time trials so far this year. And I am just coming out of a difficult Tour of Switzerland where I had to drop out during the last stage in the mountains. I just didn't have any power.

"Of course, that sort of thing is not an ideal way to build up the confidence. Still, I'm not all that surprised. After my crash on February 22nd, I stayed off the bike for four months, so I certainly expected that my return to competition would be difficult. Despite everything, after two years wearing the jersey as the national time trial champion of France, I intend to give my best in this race. And anyway, after this sort of start to the season, I really have nothing to lose."

AG2R La Mondiale's riders to start in the French national championships road race (30th of June):

François Bidard
Geoffrey Bouchard
Mikaël Cherel
Clément Chevrier
Benoit Cosnefroy
Samuel Dumoulin
Hubert Dupont
Julien Duval
Tony Gallopin
Alexandre Geniez
Dorian Godon
Alexis Gougeard
Quentin Jaurégui
Pierre Latour
Aurélien Paret Peintre
Nans Peters
Clément Venturini
Alexis Vuillermoz

Riders that will start in their own national championships:

Gediminas Bagdonas (Lithuania)
Mathias Frank (Switzerland)
Oliver Naesen and Stijn Vandenbergh (Belgium)
Ben Gastauer (Luxembourg)
Nico Denz (Germany)
Larry Warbasse (United States)




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