In this episode of Kilometre 0, we tell the story of one of the longest-running teams in the peloton. The AG2R-Citroën team is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
Vincent Lavenu's team started life as Chazal, sponsored by a charcuterie producer, in 1992 and rode the Tour de France for the first time in 1993, with former Vuelta winner Eric Caritoux and future Tour stage winner Jaan Kirsipuu in the line-up.
Later the team was sponsored by the supermarket chain Casino and insurance firm AG2R came on board as a co-sponsor in 1998 before taking over as title sponsors in 2000.
Arguably the team's most successful years, certainly in the Tour de France, were when Romain Bardet was riding in their colours. In this episode we hear from AG2R riders past and present, including Simon Gerrans, Larry Warbasse, Oliver Naesen and Aurelien Paret-Peintre, and discover there's more to the team than their now trademark brown shorts.
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