Tony Gallopin and Alexis Gougeard are just two of six riders who have extended their contracts with AG2R La Mondiale, the team has announced. Gallopin and Gougeard are currently taking part in the Tour de France, where they’re riding in support of French GC hopeful Romain Bardet.
Former Tour and Vuelta a Espana stage winner Gallopin and this year’s Circuit Cycliste Sarthe winner Gougeard – who also won a stage at the Vuelta in 2015 – were joined on the French WorldTour team’s list of riders re-signing for another two years by François Bidard, Julien Duval and Clément Venturini, while 35-year-old Belgian Stijn Vandenbergh has signed for one year.
“It’s vital for the stability of the team that we extend contracts with riders whose strengths and talent are very important to us,” said team manager Vincent Lavenu in a press release.
Eiking extends contract with Wanty-Gobert
Norway’s Odd Eiking – currently racing the Tour de France – has re-signed with Wanty-Gobert for a further two seasons, the team has reported. The Pro Continental outfit was offered a wild-card place for the 2019 Tour, and has been active in breakaways during the first half of the race.
Eiking was part of the six-man breakaway on stage 10 on Monday, which was caught with fewer than 30km to go, on a day when a number of GC contenders lost time due to the crosswinds.
“I’m very happy to stay with Wanty-Gobert, where I’ve been welcomed as one of the family,” said Eiking in a press release, with the 24-year-old having joined the team from FDJ in 2018, and won a stage at the Tour de Wallonie that same year. “I receive many opportunities for personal development and to continue practising my passion, and the atmosphere is excellent, which is very important.
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