AG2R Citroën are the longest-running French team at the top tier of the sport and can trace their roots back to 1992 and the creation of the Chazal-Vanille et Mûre-Vetta squad by former pro Vincent Lavenu. Their title sponsor, insurance company AG2R, didn’t join until the turn of the millennium in 2000 but they’ve stuck with the team since, supporting them even as they’ve normalised the wearing of brown cycling shorts.
The team has retained its French core throughout its 30-year history and has remained focussed on winning the biggest races that France has to offer. The Tour de France has been the site of many of their major successes; since their inception they have won no fewer than 21 stages at the three-week race.
In 2021 the team underwent a number of big changes, bringing in Citroën as a new co-title sponsor, as well as a new bike supplier in BMC. Fresh sponsors boosted the team’s budget and allowed them to sign some big-name riders, including Greg Van Avermaet, Oliver Naesen and Ben O’Connor.
The latter has since gone on to become AG2R’s talisman and the rider that the team will most likely pin their hopes to in 2023. Big things will also be expected of the team’s talented Frenchmen, Benoît Cosnefroy, Marc Sarreau and new recruit Bastien Tronchon.
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