Ag2r to compete
FRENCH favourites Ag2r La Mondiale will return to the Santos Tour Down Under with a strong team aiming for stage wins.
Ag2r, the only team to have competed every year since the Santos Tour Down Under began, today announced the seven-man roster heading to South Australia in January.
Explosive climber Maxime Bouet will lead the lineup, with compatriots Maxime Daniel and Sebastien Turgot focused on pushing to the front in sprint finishes.
Santos Tour Down Under race director Mike Turtur said Ag2r was popular with fans and consistently delivered strong results.
‘‘Maxime Bouet is an all-rounder and he’s particularly good on rolling terrain with short, sharp climbs,’’ Mr Turtur said. ‘‘His 2013 sea- son included a third place overall in the Giro del Trentino, tenth in the Tour of Oman and seventh in the Crite´ rium International.
‘‘The varied terrain across the 2014 Santos Tour Down Under route will appeal to Bouet and the Ag2r lineup and I’m sure we’ll see dynamic performances from this experienced group of riders.’’
Ag2r La Mondiale sports director Laurent Biondi said the team has looked forward to competing.
‘‘The pro cycling team AG2R La Mondiale will be led by Maxime Bouet, who will aim to finish in the top ten overall,’’ Mr Biondi said.
‘‘We will also focus on stage wins. Maxime Daniel and Sebastien Turgot will be our trump cards in sprint finishes.’’
AG2R: cycling team competing in the 12th stage of the Tour de France