Ag2r to com­pete

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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

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