One of the longest-standing organizations of the professional peloton and, for the past few seasons, one of the most active mountain teams in each of its three-week race participations. The team, led by Vincent Lavenu, totals over two decades of pedalling; first as Chazal, for four seasons under Casino’s sponsoring and alongside the insurance company AG2R; sponsored by La Mondiale since 2008.
In 1998, the Estonian, Jaan Kirsipuu, started the tally of French victories in the Vuelta, where they have already participated on up to 16 occasions. They would have to wait until 2006 for the Spaniard José Luis Arrieta to obtain the team’s second stage victory in the Spanish Tour, thanks to a long escape that ended in Ciudad Real. Nine years later, in 2015 third-last stage, young Alexis Gougeard had a repeat of his success in Avila, earning a reputation as one of the French peloton’s greatest treasures. In 2016, Pierre Latour won on the top of the Alto de Aitana with one stage to go. Nicolas Roche (2010) and Domenico Pozzovivo (2013) obtained good Top 10 positions in the final classifications of those editions.
Overall victories: 0
Stage victories: 4
1998 : Jaan Kirsipuu, in Estepona.
2006 : José Luís Arrieta, in Ciudad Real.
2015 : Alexis Gougeard, in Ávila.
2016 : Pierre Latour, at the top of the Alto de Aitana. Ejército del Aire.
Leader jerseys: 0
Victories in secondary classifications: 0
8 : the years it took the team to win a second stage in La Vuelta after their first victory with Jan Kirsipuu in Estepona.
September 6th 1997 : First participation in La Vuelta with the Casino sponsoring.
September 15th 2006 : With 35 years and after 13 seasons as professional, José Luis Arrieta got the biggest victory of his career after outsprinting his breakaway companions.
September 10th 2016 : Pierre Latour outsprints Darwin Atapuma in the last meters of the uphill finish in Alto de Aitana.
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