CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"These are situations that I like. When I feel the pressure of having to finalize the work of the team. And that was the case in this finale. Finally, it was able to do."

Photo: Sirotti

AG2R CITROEN TEAM

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

GUILLAUME BONNAFOND

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

SAMUEL DUMOULIN

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
01.03.2015 @ 21:25 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

One year after Romain Bardet, it was the Samuel Dumoulin's turn to win the Drôme Classic. Once again, AG2R La Mondiale has shown an incredible team spirit.

 

After a breathless finish, Samuel Dumoulin emerged as the strongest in the Drôme Classic. The Frenchman was unstoppable on the final climb after huge work done by Romain Bardet and won the third victory of the season for AG2R La Mondiale. It was the 25th win of his career.

 

"Today it was really demanding on small roads with rain and cold," he told Directvelo. "These are not the conditions that suit me, but there was a big momentum in the team. I took it on and when I saw that I had survived the long climb pretty easily, I realized that there was a chance. Several guys on the team like Axel (Domont), Ben (Gastauer) and Romain (Bardet) could play a leading role. In the end, I told myself that I could try something too.  Romain tried to atack. Then he made ​​a 150% effort for me so that we got back to the race leaders before the bottom of the last climb. 

 

"At the last passage of the line, I did not have a big morale. I saw some blue sky and I thought it was going to come back. This morning in the bus, Jicé  (Péraud) told me that I was the best card of the team. Honestly, I did not really believe him. The course was quite demanding with the weather conditions. 

 

"I gradually started my attack. When I saw that the TV motorcycle was behind me, I knew it was good for me.

 

"These are situations that I like. When I feel the pressure of having to finalize the work of the team. And that was the case in this finale. Finally, it was able to do. 

 

"I do not often win alone. I won the Route Adélie in somewhat similar conditions (in 2006). In the end, I did not take a single turn, the team was really valuable.

 

"In recent weeks, there was always a little doubt, after a long time without winning. I thought it was starting to become difficult. I was a little disappointed because I worked hard this winter, with great strength and very intensive sessions. I was not too bad at the Tour Down Under, but I could not do well in Europe because of the cold. I was very gar from my level last week at the Tour du Haut Var.

 

"On Monday morning, I woke up not knowing what to do. I did not know how to do it, if I had done too much before Haut-Var, or conversely not enough. But with experience and the help of my coach and my fitness coach, I turned it around. I tried not to panic. 

 

"Yesterday in the Classic Sud Ardeche, I was not terrible. I was able to resume the pace which I had perhaps missed a bit. Now, this victory makes me feel good.

 

"Indeed, we have a good tim.! The team works hard and I hope it will continue next week in Paris - Nice."

 

"Today the team had big expectations," Guillaume Bonnafond told Directvelo. "We did not want to bear the weight of the race. So, we sent Axel (Domont) in front early in the race. The circuit was very difficult. You really had to stay in a good position all the time as it would be too hard otherwise and you could be forced make unnecessary efforts. 

 

"In the second part of the race, there was a big series of climbs. We knew Romain (Bardet) worked hard. He had to follow the attacks with Ben (Gastauer). We knew that Samuel (Dumoulin) could also play his card. It was really hard. 

 

"This is a very good thing to be able to win again in this race. It is a collective victory. Nobody has personal motives. Eerybody rides for the team. It is motivating for everyone. This is what makes the success of the team, in my opinion. To win like this is encouraging. This forces us to continue to work in that way. 

 

"Personally, I hope to have my chance in stage races, with slightly hilly profiles. I have to keep an offensive character. Several times in my career, I was in the finale, not far from doing something. This will eventually pay off. I wait for my time. I feel I'm progressing, but there are many leaders in the team. When you're a teammate, there is a lot of work to do and it's hard to play your own card. But I do not lose hope."

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13

Currently no news in this list

Andreas CHERIANTO
35 years | today
Michel KREDER
35 years | today
Changsheng ZHANG
24 years | today
Lizzie WILLIAMS
39 years | today
Jean-Luc JONROND
56 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com