AG2R La Mondiale reaches new deals with Geoffrey Bouchard, Dorian Godon and Aurélien Paret-Peintre
Jun 06 2020 12:15 am CET

AG2R La Mondiale reaches new deals with Geoffrey Bouchard, Dorian Godon and Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale reaches new deals with Geoffrey Bouchard, Dorian Godon and Aurélien Paret-Peintre
AG2R La Mondiale © Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Geoffrey Bouchard, Dorian Godon and Aurélien Paret-Peintre have reached new deals with AG2R La Mondiale for two more years.

The three riders are considered "part of the spirit" of the French team in words of General Manager Vincent Lavenu. Bouchard turned professional in the formation in 2019 -when he was 27 years old- and has showed glimpses of his talents in the climbs and as a GC rider.

"I am delighted to extend my contract for two seasons," he explained. "I turned pro late and I have had an atypical career profile. This renewal is confirmation that I have my place in the peloton. It took me time to adapt to the rhythm of the races, the calendar and, today, I am reaching physical maturity with still a lot of mental freshness to invest myself enormously in my work.

"Since May 11th, we have had favourable conditions for training, and I approach the upcoming few months of competition with enormous motivation."

This is the second year for the 24-year-old Godon in the team and in his first season in it, he won one stage at the Boucles de la Mayenne -where he also finished in the top 10 of GC- and finished third in the sixth stage of the Vuelta a España. "I am pleased to have been shown this mark of confidence from the AG2R La Mondiale team," the Frenchman commented. "This opens up longer-term prospects for me. We are a good group and there is good cohesion among the riders.

"I dream of winning a stage in a grand tour and of being able to support Oliver Naesen in the Flanders classics. I can't wait to get back to racing. I'm sure that from August onwards, there will be many opportunities to express ourselves if we have the freshness. I don't mind training, but racing is the most important thing."

For Paret-Peintre, this is also his second season as a professional and in the team, where he started as a stagiaire in 2018. "I've been on the team for two and a half years and I'm happy to continue my career with the team," he affirmed. "Extra continuity comes also from my years at Chambéry Cyclisme Formation. I've made good progress and I hope I can still have bigger responsibilities like I had at the start of this season.

"I managed to notch up some interesting performances, particularly in support of Benoit Cosnefroy at the Etoile de Béssèges and at Paris-Nice. I hope to continue with this good momentum over the rest of the season. I am looking forward to it."

Lavenu expressed his satisfaction with this two-year contract extensions. "Geoffrey turned professional late but quickly adapted to the pros by showing great abilities, as his King of the Mountains jersey at the Vuelta a España demonstrates," the manager said.

"Dorian is a puncher who has a very good spirit and a lot of enthusiasm. He is able to win races. Aurélien is a pure product of our training squad. He comes from a family of cyclists and Valentin, his brother, is currently part of the Chambéry Cyclisme Formation. He demonstrated great potential at the start of the season which will allow him to obtain interesting results in the future."

Earlier in the season, AG2R La Mondiale already confirmed the contract extensions of Oliver Naesen and Alexis Vuillermoz.




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