Ag2r La Mondiale

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Stubbornly brown-shorted Ag2r have been perennial also-rans at the Tour de France for many years. But they’ve quietly assembled a very talented team and are regularly breaking into the top 10 of the hardest WorldTour races. More importantly, they’ve started riding like a team who want to shape and win races.

Don’t expect Ag2r to fall into the role of break fodder any more. Carlos Betancur and Romain Bardet will be aiming high. Betancur was fifth in the Giro d’Italia in 2013 and won Paris-Nice last year, and while Ag2r are prioritising gaining experience at the Tour, he won’t just sit back and follow. He will however have to actually get himself to Europe, a task which was proving difficult recently.