Ag2r-La Mondiale

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Ag2r-La Mondiale
Ag2r-La Mondiale logo.png
Team information
UCI code ALM
Based France
Founded 1992 (1992)
Discipline Road
Status UCI ProTeam
Bicycles Focus[1]
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Vincent Lavenu
Directeur sportif Laurent Biondi
Team name history
1992–1995
1996
1997–1999
2000–2007
2008–
Chazal
Petit Casino
Casino-AG2R Prévoyance
AG2R Prévoyance
Ag2r-La Mondiale
Ag2r-La Mondiale jersey
Jersey
Current season

Ag2r-La Mondiale (UCI team code: ALM, formerly AG2R Prévoyance) is a French cycling team with UCI ProTour team status. Its title sponsors are the Ag2r Group, which is a French-based interprofessional insurance and supplementary retirement fund group, and the La Mondiale Group, which is a French-based international group for supplementary pension and estate planning insurance.

History[edit]

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.[2] In 1997 Casino, the supermarket chain that contained the coffee shops called Petit Casino, 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.[3] The team obtained successes with Alexandre Vinokourov, Jaan Kirsipuu and Lauri Aus.

The insurance company Ag2r Prevoyance took over as the main sponsor in 2000.[4] 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 maillot jaune 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.

2014 roster[edit]

As of 1 January 2014.[5] view · edit · talk
Rider Date of birth
 Davide Appollonio (ITA) (1989-06-02)2 June 1989 (aged 24)
 Gediminas Bagdonas (LTU) (1985-12-26)26 December 1985 (aged 28)
 Romain Bardet (FRA) (1990-11-09)9 November 1990 (aged 23)
 Julien Bérard (FRA) (1987-07-02)2 July 1987 (aged 26)
 Carlos Betancur (COL) (1989-10-13)13 October 1989 (aged 24)
 Guillaume Bonnafond (FRA) (1987-06-23)23 June 1987 (aged 26)
 Maxime Bouet (FRA) (1986-11-03)3 November 1986 (aged 27)
 Steve Chainel (FRA) (1983-09-06)6 September 1983 (aged 30)
 Mickaël Cherel (FRA) (1986-03-17)17 March 1986 (aged 27)
 Maxime Daniel (FRA) (1991-06-05)5 June 1991 (aged 22)
 Axel Domont (FRA) (1990-08-07)7 August 1990 (aged 23)
 Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) (1980-08-20)20 August 1980 (aged 33)
 Hubert Dupont (FRA) (1980-11-13)13 November 1980 (aged 33)
 Ben Gastauer (LUX) (1987-11-14)14 November 1987 (aged 26)
 Damien Gaudin (FRA) (1986-08-20)20 August 1986 (aged 27)
Rider Date of birth
 Alexis Gougeard (FRA) (1993-03-05)5 March 1993 (aged 20)
 Patrick Gretsch (GER) (1987-04-07)7 April 1987 (aged 26)
 Hugo Houle (CAN) (1990-09-27)27 September 1990 (aged 23)
 Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR) (1983-11-29)29 November 1983 (aged 30)
 Blel Kadri (FRA) (1986-09-03)3 September 1986 (aged 27)
 Julian Kern (GER) (1989-12-28)28 December 1989 (aged 24)
 Sébastien Minard (FRA) (1982-06-12)12 June 1982 (aged 31)
 Lloyd Mondory (FRA) (1982-04-26)26 April 1982 (aged 31)
 Matteo Montaguti (ITA) (1984-01-06)6 January 1984 (aged 29)
 Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA) (1977-09-25)25 September 1977 (aged 36)
 Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA) (1977-05-22)22 May 1977 (aged 36)
 Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) (1982-11-30)30 November 1982 (aged 31)
 Christophe Riblon (FRA) (1981-01-17)17 January 1981 (aged 32)
 Sébastien Turgot (FRA) (1984-04-11)11 April 1984 (aged 29)
 Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA) (1988-06-01)1 June 1988 (aged 25)

Major results[edit]

2007
1st Jersey orange.svg Overall Tour Down Under, Martin Elmiger
1st Stage 4 Tour Méditerranéen, Rinaldo Nocentini
1st Stage 1 Paris-Nice, Jean-Patrick Nazon
1st GP Miguel Indurain, Rinaldo Nocentini
1st Stage 1 Circuit de Lorraine, Ludovic Turpin
1st GP de Plumelec-Morbihan, Simon Gerrans
1st GP Kanton Aargau, John Gadret
1st Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Christophe Moreau
1st Stages 2 & 4, Christophe Moreau
1st Stage 1 Route du Sud, Jean-Patrick Nazon
1st  France Road Race Championships, Christophe Moreau
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Ain, John Gadret
1st Stage 3, John Gadret
1st Stage 4 Tour du Limousin, Alexandre Usov
1st Tour de la Somme, Christophe Riblon
1st GP d'Isbergues, Martin Elmiger
2008
1st Stage 7 Tour de Langkawi, Alexandre Usov
1st GP di Lugano, Rinaldo Nocentini
1st Stage 5 Four Days of Dunkirk, Cyril Dessel
1st Stage 2 Tour de Picardie, Martin Elmiger
1st Stage 3 Volta a Catalunya, Cyril Dessel
1st GP Kanton Aargau, Lloyd Mondory
1st Stage 4 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, Cyril Dessel
1st  Estonia Time Trial Championships, Tanel Kangert
1st  Moldova Road Race Championships, Alexandre Pliuschin
1st Stage 9 Tour de France, Vladimir Efimkin
1st Stage 16 Tour de France, Cyril Dessel
1st Stage 2 Paris-Corrèze, Lloyd Mondory
1st Stage 4 Tour de l'Ain, John Gadret
2nd Overall Paris-Nice, Rinaldo Nocentini
2009
1st Stage 7 Tour of California, Rinaldo Nocentini
1st Stage 1 Route du Sud, Nicolas Rousseau
1st Stage 3 Route du Sud, Christophe Riblon
1st  Ireland Road Race Championships, Nicolas Roche
1st Stage 3a Tour de l'Ain, Ludovic Turpin
2010
1st Stage 2 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Julien Loubet
1st Stage 3 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Nicolas Rousseau
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour Méditerranéen, Rinaldo Nocentini
1st Stage 1 Tour du Haut Var, Rinaldo Nocentini
1st Boucles du Sud Ardèche, Christophe Riblon
1st Stages 2 & 5 Circuit de la Sarthe, Anthony Ravard
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Four Days of Dunkirk, Martin Elmiger
1st Stage 4, Martin Elmiger
1st Stage 2a Route du Sud, Blel Kadri
1st   Switzerland Road Race Championships, Martin Elmiger
1st Stage 14 Tour de France, Christophe Riblon
1st Stage 3 Tour de Wallonie, Kristof Goddaert
1st Stage 3 Tour de l'Ain, Maxime Bouet
1st Stage 2 Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Anthony Ravard
1st Châteauroux Classic, Anthony Ravard
1st GP de la Somme, Martin Elmiger
1st Paris-Bourges, Anthony Ravard
2011
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Etoile de Bessèges, Anthony Ravard
1st Stage 2, Lloyd Mondory
1st Stage 11 Giro d'Italia, John Gadret
1st Châteauroux Classic, Anthony Ravard
1st Stage 3 Tour du Poitou Charentes, Anthony Ravard
1st Stage 3 Tour of Beijing, Nicolas Roche
2012
1st  Luxembourg Time Trial Championships, Ben Gastauer
1st Stage 3 Circuit de Lorraine, Sébastien Hinault
1st Stage 6 Tour of California, Sylvain Georges
1st Boucles de l'Aulne, Sébastien Hinault
1st Stage 4 Route du Sud, Manuel Belletti
2013
1st Stage 5 Étoile de Bessèges, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Stage 4 Tour Méditerranéen, Jean-Christophe Péraud
1st Roma Maxima, Blel Kadri
1st Stage 1a Giro del Trentino, Maxime Bouet
1st Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification in the Giro d'Italia, Carlos Betancur
1st Stage 18 Tour de France, Christophe Riblon
1st Stage 2 Tour de Pologne, Christophe Riblon
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de l'Ain, Romain Bardet
1st Overall French Road Cycling Cup, Samuel Dumoulin
2014
1st Stage 5 Tour Méditerranéen, Jean-Christophe Péraud
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour du Haut Var, Carlos Betancur
1st Stage 1, Carlos Betancur
1st La Drôme Classic, Romain Bardet
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Paris–Nice, Carlos Betancur
1st Stages 5 & 6, Carlos Betancur
1st Teams classification Giro d'Italia
1st Classic Loire Atlantique, Alexis Gougeard
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Critérium International, Jean-Christophe Péraud
1st Grand Prix de la Somme, Yauheni Hutarovich
1st  Belarus National Road Race Championships, Yauheni Hutarovich
1st Teams classification Tour de France
1st Stage 8, Blel Kadri

National Champions[edit]

1997
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race, Stéphane Barthe
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Road Race, Marc Streel
1998
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Jaan Kirsipuu
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
1999
MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial, Gilles Maignan
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Jaan Kirsipuu
2000
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Lauri Aus
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Lauri Aus
2001
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
MaillotBélgica.PNG Belgian Road Race, Ludovic Capelle
2002
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Jaan Kirsipuu
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish Road Race, Mark Scanlon
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
2003
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish Road Race, Mark Scanlon
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
MaillotEspaña.PNGSpanish Time Trial, Inigo Bernardez
2004
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Erki Putstep
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Jaan Kirsipuu
MaillotUcrania.PNG Ukrainian Time Trial, Yuriy Krivtsov
2006
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Erki Pütsep
2007
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race, Christophe Moreau
2008
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Tanel Kangert
MaillotMoldavia.PNG Moldovan Road Race, Alexandre Pliuschin
2009
MaillotIrlanda.PNG Irish Road Race, Nicolas Roche
2010
MaillotSuiza.PNG Swiss Road Race, Martin Elmiger
2012
MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG Luxembourg Time Trial, Ben Gastauer
2014
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarussian Road Race, Yauheni Hutarovich

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FOCUS returning to World Tour with AG2R LA MONDIALE 2013". Focus-Bikes.com (Focus Bikes). 26 September 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Hung Up in Picardy, Hoping for Bigger Things". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Cycling team rolls on to the big time". International Herald Tribune. Archived from the original on 2007-08-26. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  4. ^ "Histoire de l’equipe cycliste Ag2r Prevoyance". Ag2r non official supporters. Archived from the original on 8 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-06. 
  5. ^ "AG2R La Mondiale (ALM) – FRA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 

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