The French WorldTour team AG2R La Mondiale has Tuesday, are eight headed selection for the Tour de France (7-29 July) published. Belgian champion Oliver Naesen is as expected of the party. Romain Bardet, for the past two years, each time on the podium in Paris, is again the leader.
The only surprise in the selection of team manager Vincent Lavenu is Alexandre Geniez. The Frenchman drove last month to an eleventh place in the overall standings of the Giro. The other seven names stood for quite some time. The Swiss rider Silvan Dillier and the French Axel Domont, Tony Gallopin, Pierre Latour, and Alexis Vuillermoz complete the AG2R-selection.
Team leader Romain Bardet was both in 2016 (second) 2017 (third) on the stage of La Grande Boucle. He also won three mountain stages in the Tour.
Oliver Naesen rode the Tour in the past two years. Naesen, that next Sunday is Belgian national title to defend, especially on the flat Bardet should help.
Selection AG2R: Romain Bardet (Fra), Silvan Dillier (Sui), Axel Domont (Fra), Tony Gallopin (Fra), Alexandre Geniez (Fra), Pierre Latour (Fra), Oliver Naesen (BEL), Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra)