The Tour de France started strong this year, with the first victory of Simon Clarke from Israel Premier Tech during the 5th stage!
The perfect opportunity to celebrate their Special TDF Kit supporting the Field of Dreams, a fundraising project to build a bike center and change the lives of thousands of kids in Bugesera, Rwanda!
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Then, a superb victory on the 10th stage in Chatel for Bob Jungel who finishes with a solid 12th place overall.
It was also the 21st success in the Tour de France for the AG2R CITROËN TEAM.
Bob Jungels: “You always have to believe in yourself”
“I’m happy to have finished this Tour de France, without illness or problems and to be twelfth in the overall classification with a stage win to my name. It was a Tour de France without any dead time, without any moment of respite. We had to fight hard and not give up. I will keep in mind the stage of Châtel and this success so important after all that I had gone through. It wasn’t easy to take on the role of leader after Ben O’Connor’s retirement, but I fought to take up the challenge. Then I tried to take my chances, to go in a breakaway as it was the case in the stage of Mende but I did not succeed. That’s life.
A year ago, I was commenting the last time trial on Radio Télé Luxembourg, a few days after my operation. It’s a pleasure to be here. It’s a relief and it’s a sign that you should always believe in yourself. That’s the most important thing in life.”
Finally, this TDF ends with some nice podiums and a strong emotional victory in the Pyrenees on the 16th stage of the Tour for Canadian Hugo Houle followed closely by his teammate Michael Woods of the Israel Premier Tech team in 3rd place.
“Hugo’s win was an emotional one for everybody involved. It had been a long time coming for him and the way he finished it off, with a 40 km solo ride, was just incredible. It sums up the team’s values and how we keep working hard and never give up. The beginning of the season wasn’t easy for us but I believe we have shown our true level in this Tour and this is just the beginning of this team going on to bigger and better things”, Dempster tells.
“This has been a milestone performance by the entire team”, sports director Zak Dempster says. “We came into this race with a strong and highly capable group and everybody played their part perfectly. Not only the riders but also the staff”.