Ben O'Connor to debut with AG2R Citroën at Tour de la Provence
Feb 10 2021 05:38 am CET

Ben O'Connor to debut with AG2R Citroën at Tour de la Provence
Ben O'Connor to debut with AG2R Citroën at Tour de la Provence
AG2R Citroën Team

AG2R Citroën Team is prepared to face the Tour de La Provence and Ben O'Connor will test himself for the first time in the colours of the formation.

The French team is going to face the race with a strong formation in which O'Connor will try to continue the good moment the formation is going through. "I am excited to be competing in my first race with the AG2R Citroën Team," said the Australian. "This is the start of a new stage in my career. Physically I am feeling good and recovered well from a broken collarbone in November I suffered while mountain biking.

"The Tour de la Provence will be an opportunity to test myself and see where I am in my fitness. The team is doing well already, first with Aurélien Paret Peintre's victory at the GP La Marseillaise and then Greg Van Avermaet's good form at Etoile de Béssèges. It gives us confidence. My first goal will be Tirreno-Adriatico, but above all I hope to be able to influence the race at the Tour de Romandie. Of course I am also determined to support Bob Jungels and Benoit Cosnefroy in the Ardennes races."

The Tour de la Provence will include a mountain-finish on the Mont Ventoux, something that the rider will do for the first time. "Even if the climb stops at Chalet Reynard, I know it will be tough for February," O'Connor commented.

"And it will certainly let me know where I stand physically. I have no historical references on the Ventoux. I just know it's very hard... and Chris Froome ran up it for a while."

AG2R Citroën's roster for the Tour de la Provence (February 11-14):

Aurelien Paret-Peintre
Tony Gallopin
Ben O'Connor
Geoffrey Bouchard
Lilian Calmejane
Michael Schär
Clement Venturini
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