Julien Duval : « Paris-Tours will be the last road race of my professional career »
«Paris-Tours will be the last road race of my professional career. Then I will have my very final race at the Chrono des Nations (October 17). I was at the end of my contract, and I don’t have a sufficiently interesting project to continue. I made my decision about ten days ago, after much thought.
I am hanging up my wheels wearing the AG2R CITROËN TEAM jersey, one of the best teams in the world, which has enabled me to participate in the most beautiful races. I will end my career competing at Paris-Tours, racing with some great classics riders on my team. So, I can turn the page calmly and I hope to stay close to the sport. I have fond memories of all these years, beginning with my stint with the pros in 2013, up through five seasons with AG2R LA MONDIALE and then AG2R CITROËN. I developed as a person and had the chance to do a great job that allowed me to exceed my physical and mental limits and to travel the world.
I happily remember the breakaway at the Tour de Vendée in 2012 which gave me the chance to turn pro and I will never forget the phone call from Vincent Lavenu who gave me the chance of my career. I have competed in the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, the Critérium du Dauphiné and the Vuelta. I am aware of what this represents and I want to put the same energy into my retraining. »Julien
After 73 days of competition, Greg Van Avermaet clocked up 12,511.70 kilometers for his first year in the AG2R CITROËN TEAM jersey.
Three podiums for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM
AG2R CITROËN TEAM team finished on the podium in the last three editions of Paris-Tours with Benoît Cosnefroy (2nd and 3rd in 2020 and 2018) and Oliver Naesen (3rd in 2019).