Alexis Vuillermoz extends with AG2R La Mondiale with TDF hopes
Jun 03 2020 01:15 am CET

Alexis Vuillermoz extends with AG2R La Mondiale with TDF hopes
Alexis Vuillermoz extends with AG2R La Mondiale with TDF hopes
AG2R La Mondiale © Jonathan Roorda /

AG2R La Mondiale has confirmed the contract extension for Alexis Vuillermoz until 2021. Next year will be the eight year of the rider at the formation.

The French rider has received a piece of good news that were needed in his professional career. Vuillermoz has had some rough months after he fractured his kneecap during a training ride in 2019 just after finishing the Tour de France.

This injury left him out of the competition for the rest of the year and as he was preparing to make his return at the Volta a Catalunya, the coronavirus pandemic stroke and put a pause in the entire calendar. Now the rider can be confident to be in the team for another season and return to his good form -which has taken him to win one stage in the Tour de France, to take the victories at the Tour du Limousin and the Royal Bernard Drome Clasic, and finish in the fourth position of Il Lombardia in 2017.

"I am touched by this sign of confidence that Vincent Lavenu [team manager, Ed.] and the staff of the AG2R La Mondiale team have shown me," said the Frenchman. "I am coming out of two complicated seasons. I fractured my kneecap in August and I haven't raced since the Tour de France finished last July. I was looking forward to resuming the season in March at the Volta a Catalunya, but of course the pandemic prevented that. Despite everything, the team trusts me enough to sign me for an additional season and this illustrates their human dimension.

"I have been part of the team for six years; I have seen it grow and evolve, so I am proud and happy to continue the adventure. I am pleased that we will be able to resume the season because we have sometimes wondered whether we would end up having a blank season. Taking part in the Tour de France in August would be a strong signal for our sport, but also for the entire country. I really hope I can take part. It's the race that has made me dream since I was a little kid."

Lavenu welcomed this news and praised Vuillermoz. "Alexis is a good guy and even if these past two seasons have been disrupted by injuries, we know we can count on his strength, his punch, and his panache," he commented.

"He has been wearing our colors since 2014 and is one of the riders who embodies the soul of the team. We are delighted to be able to continue our adventure with him."




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