AG2R Citroën Team

AG2R Citroën Team (UCI team code: ACT) is a French cycling team with UCI WorldTeam status. Its title sponsors are French insurance firm AG2R La Mondiale and French automobile manufacturer Citroën. The team is predominantly French.

AG2R Citroën Team
Team information
UCI codeACT
RegisteredFrance
Founded1992 (1992)
Discipline(s)Road
StatusUCI WorldTeam
BicyclesFactor (To 2018)
Eddy Merckx Cycles (2019–2020)
BMC (2021–)
ComponentsCampagnolo
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerVincent Lavenu
Team manager(s)Laurent Biondi
Team name history
1992–1995
1996
1997–1999
2000–2007
2008–2014
2015–2020
2021–
Chazal
Petit Casino
Casino–AG2R Prévoyance
AG2R Prévoyance
Ag2r–La Mondiale
AG2R La Mondiale
AG2R Citroën Team
Current season

HistoryEdit

 
Ag2r team photo at sign in during stage 11 of the 2006 Tour de France

In 1992 Vincent Lavenu, who had just retired from professional cycling, started a professional cycling team with Chazal as the main sponsor. Lavenu had previously organised sponsorship from Chazal of his last professional team. This sponsor stayed from 1992 to 1995. In 1996 Petit Casino, a chain of coffee shops in supermarkets, took over the sponsorship of the team. At this time the team was a second division team that relied on the public to sponsor the team. The team had the saying "Petit Casino- c’est votre equipe" – "it’s your team", which signified this involvement of the public.[1] In 1997 Casino, the supermarket chain that contained the Petit Casino coffee shops, took over the sponsorship of the team and the budget increased substantially. Lavenu's team could compete in the big races such as the classics.[2] The team obtained successes with Alexander Vinokourov, Jaan Kirsipuu and Lauri Aus.

The insurance company Ag2r Prevoyance took over as the main sponsor in 2000.[3] The team obtained further successes with Laurent Brochard, Jaan Kirsipuu and Jean-Patrick Nazon. In 2006, the team joined the UCI ProTour, following the signings of big cycling names Francisco Mancebo and Christophe Moreau. Fassa Bortolo's exit from the competition had freed a licence and AG2R was the only team left vying for the license, as Comunidad Valenciana voluntarily withdrew, while the proposed new team of former Fassa Bortolo sporting director Giancarlo Ferretti turned out to be without financial backing. Ag2r obtained success in the 2006 Tour de France with a stage win by Sylvain Calzati, and a day in the yellow jersey as leader of the general classification by Cyril Dessel.

Rinaldo Nocentini took the yellow jersey after stage 7 of the 2009 Tour de France after a successful breakaway in which fellow Ag2r-La Mondiale rider Christophe Riblon also took part and earned the daily combativity award. Nocentini retained the race leadership for eight stages, and Ag2r-La Mondiale also led the team classification from stage 7 to stage 11 and for one further day after stage 14.

In 2014, the team had great results at the Tour de France, winning a stage and having Jean-Christophe Péraud taking second place in the overall classification. In October of that year, it was announced that AG2R would continue to sponsor the team through 2018,[4] at the 2016 Tour de France the sponsorship was extended a further two years – into the 2020 season.[5]

In September 2020, the team signed a contract with BMC as their bike supplier from 2021 for three years. The team will also be known under the name AG2R Citroën Team from the 2021 season after the French car company announced that they had become the co-sponsor of the team.[6]

DopingEdit

On September 21, 2012, Steve Houanard tested positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test and was provisionally suspended.[7][8][9]

On May 15, 2013, Sylvain Georges tested positive for the banned stimulant Heptaminol and failed to start stage 11 of the 2013 Giro d'Italia.[10][11] Georges blamed the positive result on the freely available product 'Ginkor Fort' (made from Ginkgo biloba).[12] On May 21 Georges 'B Sample' also tested positive for the stimulant[13] causing the team to voluntarily remove itself from the 2013 Criterium du Dauphine in accordance with MPCC rules.[14] As a result of the positive Georges was banned by the French Cycling Federation for 6 months.[15]

On March 10, 2015, the UCI announced that Lloyd Mondory had tested positive for EPO on February 17 in an out of competition test. As a result, Mondory was suspended pending the outcome of his B sample analysis.[16][17]

Team rosterEdit

As of 1 January 2021.[18]
Rider Date of birth
  François Bidard (FRA) (1992-03-19) 19 March 1992 (age 28)
  Geoffrey Bouchard (FRA) (1992-04-01) 1 April 1992 (age 28)
  Lilian Calmejane (FRA) (1992-12-06) 6 December 1992 (age 28)
  Clément Champoussin (FRA) (1998-05-29) 29 May 1998 (age 22)
  Mikaël Cherel (FRA) (1986-03-17) 17 March 1986 (age 34)
  Benoît Cosnefroy (FRA) (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 25)
  Stan Dewulf (BEL) (1997-12-20) 20 December 1997 (age 23)
  Julien Duval (FRA) (1990-05-27) 27 May 1990 (age 30)
  Mathias Frank (SUI) (1986-12-09) 9 December 1986 (age 34)
  Tony Gallopin (FRA) (1988-05-24) 24 May 1988 (age 32)
  Ben Gastauer (LUX) (1987-11-14) 14 November 1987 (age 33)
  Dorian Godon (FRA) (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996 (age 24)
  Alexis Gougeard (FRA) (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 27)
  Jaakko Hänninen (FIN) (1997-04-16) 16 April 1997 (age 23)
  Anthony Jullien (FRA) (1998-03-05) 5 March 1998 (age 22)
Rider Date of birth
  Bob Jungels (LUX) (1992-09-22) 22 September 1992 (age 28)
  Lawrence Naesen (BEL) (1992-08-28) 28 August 1992 (age 28)
  Oliver Naesen (BEL) (1990-09-16) 16 September 1990 (age 30)
  Ben O'Connor (AUS) (1995-11-25) 25 November 1995 (age 25)
  Aurélien Paret-Peintre (FRA) (1996-02-27) 27 February 1996 (age 25)
  Nans Peters (FRA) (1994-03-12) 12 March 1994 (age 26)
  Nicolas Prodhomme (FRA) (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 24)
  Marc Sarreau (FRA) (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 27)
  Michael Schär (SUI) (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 (age 34)
  Damien Touzé (FRA) (1996-07-07) 7 July 1996 (age 24)
  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) (1985-05-17) 17 May 1985 (age 35)
  Gijs Van Hoecke (BEL) (1991-11-12) 12 November 1991 (age 29)
  Andrea Vendrame (ITA) (1994-07-20) 20 July 1994 (age 26)
  Clément Venturini (FRA) (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 27)
  Larry Warbasse (USA) (1990-06-28) 28 June 1990 (age 30)

Major winsEdit

World & National championsEdit

1997
  French Road Race, Stéphane Barthe
  Belgian Road Race, Marc Streel
1998
  Estonian Road Race, Jaan Kirsipuu
  Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
1999
  French Time Trial, Gilles Maignan
  Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
  Estonian Road Race, Jaan Kirsipuu
2000
  Estonian Road Race, Lauri Aus
  Estonian Time Trial, Lauri Aus
2001
  Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
  Belgian Road Race, Ludovic Capelle
2002
  Estonian Road Race, Jaan Kirsipuu
  Irish Road Race, Mark Scanlon
  Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
2003
  Irish Road Race, Mark Scanlon
  Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
 Spanish Time Trial, Inigo Bernardez
2004
  Estonian Road Race, Erki Putstep
  Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
  Ukrainian Time Trial, Yuriy Krivtsov
2006
  Estonian Road Race, Erki Pütsep
2007
  French Road Race, Christophe Moreau
2008
  Estonian Time Trial, Tanel Kangert
  Moldovan Road Race, Alexandre Pliuschin
2009
  Irish Road Race, Nicolas Roche
2010
  Swiss Road Race, Martin Elmiger
2012
  Luxembourg Time Trial, Ben Gastauer
2014
  Belarusian Road Race, Yauheni Hutarovich
2015
  Canada Time Trial, Hugo Houle
2017
  World U23 Road Race, Benoît Cosnefroy
  French Time Trial, Pierre Latour
  Belgian Road Race, Oliver Naesen
2018
  Lithuania Road Race, Gediminas Bagdonas
  Lithuania Time Trial, Gediminas Bagdonas
  French Time Trial, Pierre Latour
2019
  French Cyclo-cross, Clément Venturini
  Lithuania Time Trial, Gediminas Bagdonas
2020
  French Cyclo-cross, Clément Venturini
2021
  French Cyclo-cross, Clément Venturini

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hung Up in Picardy, Hoping for Bigger Things". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  2. ^ "Cycling team rolls on to the big time". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  3. ^ "Histoire de l'equipe cycliste Ag2r Prevoyance". Ag2r non official supporters. Archived from the original on 8 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-06.
  4. ^ "News shorts: AG2R renews through 2018, Androni on Kuota". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ag2r-la-mondiale-extends-sponsorship-through-2020-news-shorts/
  6. ^ Branquinho, Lance (14 September 2020). "AG2R Citroën team to ride BMC in 2021". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 26 November 2020.
  7. ^ Cycling News. "Houanard provisionally suspended for EPO". Cyclingnews.com.
  8. ^ "Steve Houanard provisionally suspended after A-sample positive for EPO". velonation.com.
  9. ^ "Ag2r suspends Houanard after positive EPO test". VeloNews.com.
  10. ^ Cycling News. "Sylvain Georges positive for Heptaminol". Cyclingnews.com.
  11. ^ "Sylvain Georges returns positive A sample for Heptaminol, out of Giro d'Italia". velonation.com.
  12. ^ Cycling News. "Georges takes blame for positive doping control". Cyclingnews.com.
  13. ^ Cycling News. "Georges' B Sample also positive, UCI confirms". Cyclingnews.com.
  14. ^ Peter Cossins. "Ag2r confirm they won't ride Dauphiné". Cyclingnews.com.
  15. ^ Cycling News. "UCI wants Georges' ban extended to two years". Cyclingnews.com.
  16. ^ "Ag2r's Lloyd Mondory positive for EPO - VeloNews.com". VeloNews.com.
  17. ^ Cycling News. "Mondory returns adverse analytical finding for EPO". Cyclingnews.com.
  18. ^ "AG2R Citroën Team". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.

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