AG2R La Mondiale

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Ag2r La Mondiale
Ag2r-La Mondiale logo.png
Team information
UCI code ALM
Registered France
Founded 1992 (1992)
Discipline Road
Status UCI WorldTeam
Bicycles Focus[1]
Components SRAM
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Vincent Lavenu
Team manager(s) 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. The team is predominantly French.

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 Alexander 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.

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,[5] at the 2016 Tour de France the sponsorship was extended a further two years - into the 2020 season.[6]

Doping[edit]

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 bearing the outcome of his B sample analysis.[16][17]

2016 team roster[edit]

Wikidata-logo S.svg   Rider Date of birth  Previous team 
LTU Gediminas Bagdonas December 26, 1985 An Post-Sean Kelly (2012)
BEL Jan Bakelants February 14, 1986 Omega Pharma-Quick Step (2014)
FRA Romain Bardet November 09, 1990 Chambéry CF (2011)
FRA Julien Bérard July 27, 1987 Chambéry CF (2009)
FRA François Bidard March 19, 1992 Chambéry CF (2015)
FRA Guillaume Bonnafond June 23, 1987 Chambéry CF (2008)
FRA Mikaël Cherel March 17, 1986 FDJ (2010)
FRA Maxime Daniel June 05, 1991 Sojasun (2013)
GER Nico Denz February 15, 1994 Chambéry CF (2015)
FRA Axel Domont August 07, 1990 Chambéry CF (2012)
FRA Samuel Dumoulin August 20, 1980 Cofidis (2012)
FRA Hubert Dupont November 13, 1980 RAGT Semences (2005)
LUX Ben Gastauer November 14, 1987 Chambéry CF (2009)
FRA Damien Gaudin August 20, 1986 Europcar (2013)
FRA Cyril Gautier September 26, 1987 Europcar (2015)
FRA Alexis Gougeard March 05, 1993 USSA Pavilly Barentin (2013)
GER Patrick Gretsch April 07, 1987 Argos-Shimano (2013)
CAN Hugo Houle September 27, 1990 SpiderTech-C10 (2012)
FRA Quentin Jaurégui April 22, 1994 Roubaix Lille Métropole (2014)
FRA Blel Kadri September 03, 1986 GSC Blagnac (2006)
FRA Pierre Latour October 12, 1993 Chambéry CF (2014)
FRA Sébastien Minard June 12, 1982 Cofidis (2010)
ITA Matteo Montaguti January 06, 1984 De Rosa-Stac Plastic (2010)
FRA Jean-Christophe Péraud May 22, 1977 Omega Pharma-Lotto (2010)
ITA Domenico Pozzovivo November 30, 1982 Colnago-CSF Inox (2012)
FRA Christophe Riblon January 17, 1981 CC Nogent-sur-Oise (2004)
NZL Jesse Sergent July 08, 1988 Trek Factory Racing (2015)
FRA Sébastien Turgot April 11, 1984 Europcar (2013)
BEL Johan Vansummeren February 04, 1981 Garmin-Sharp (2014)
FRA Alexis Vuillermoz June 01, 1988 Sojasun (2013)

Major results[edit]

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 Belarusian Road Race, Yauheni Hutarovich
2015
MaillotCan.PNG Canada Time Trial, Hugo Houle

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. ^ "News shorts: AG2R renews through 2018, Androni on Kuota". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 14 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/ag2r-la-mondiale-extends-sponsorship-through-2020-news-shorts/
  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. 

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