Greg Van Avermaet and Michael Schär sign for AG2R La Mondiale
Aug 11 2020 01:28 am CET

Greg Van Avermaet and Michael Schär sign for AG2R La Mondiale
Greg Van Avermaet and Michael Schär sign for AG2R La Mondiale
AG2R La Mondiale © Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Greg Van Avermaet and Michael Schär have signed with AG2R La Mondiale for the next three seasons.

The duo has been working together in the formation currently known as CCC for years and the former Swiss national champion has become one the most trusted domestiques for the Olympic Champion. After the Polish company CCC has withdrawn its sponsorship from the team and its future is uncertain, both riders have chosen to move to the French formation that will be known from 2021 as AG2R Citroën.

"I am happy and motivated to start a new adventure," said the winner of the 2017 Paris-Roubaix. "I have just spent ten beautiful years in the structures of Jim Ochowicz, and I am embarking on a new challenge.

"I am happy that Vincent Lavenu has shown such confidence in me, and I intend to give my best in order to achieve great results. The prospect of working with Oliver Naesen, with the goal of winning classics, is particularly exciting. My goal is always the same: to win races like the Tour of Flanders or Paris-Roubaix, stages of the Tour de France or wear the yellow jersey for as long as possible."

Schär is excited about bringing his talents and experience to a new team. "I'm very excited to begin writing a new chapter in my career," the rider commented. "I was won over by the sports project presented by Vincent Lavenu, who is a true cycling enthusiast.

"I live in the same village as Mathias Frank, and he has always talked to me about the AG2R La Mondiale team in glowing terms. We can achieve good performances, especially in the classics with the duo Greg Van Avermaet, with whom I have been riding since 2011, and Oliver Naesen. I will be very happy to help them achieve big goals."

Vincent Lavenu, Team Manager of AG2R La Mondiale is pleased with these signings. "It is a great satisfaction to have secured the signings of Greg Van Avermaet and Michaël Schär," he explained. "Greg is a great champion, showing incredible consistency at the highest level. His experience, his rigor, his hard work will be important in our development project. He will be an example for all our young riders.

"His bond with his friend Oliver Naesen, with whom he sometimes trains with, will be an added advantage. Michaël is one of the best teammates in the world. He will be invaluable in protecting our leaders, whether in stage races or in the classics. He is also a very good time trialist. He will be a pilot fish whose experience will contribute a great deal."




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