Ag2r Citroën Team 7/10

Ben O'Connor wins stage nine of the Tour de France 2021

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After a modest start to the Tour de France spent focussing on hopeless breakaways, Ag2r’s race sparked into life when Ben O’Connor catapulted up the rankings by winning stage nine with a huge attack on the Montée de Tignes. The Australian went on to defy expectations by remaining right up there on GC, and sealed a fourth-place finish, the team’s best overall finish since Romain Bardet’s podium four years ago.

Alpecin-Fenix 9/10

Mathieu van der Poel wins stage two of the 2021 Tour de France

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Just like at the Giro d’Italia, Alpecin-Fenix started the race with a bang as Mathieu van der Poel won stage two at Mûr de Bretagne, and went on to enjoy an even better opening week as Van der Poel defended yellow all week and Tim Merlier won a sprint.