French ProTour team AG2R-La Mondiale will be meeting in Temple-sur-Lot from December 12-21 for its first winter training camp. The team counts 30 riders for 2008, who will all be present for the usual programme: training rides between 60-180 kilometres, adjustment of gear, meetings and photo shoots with the new team kit.
The squad counts eight new riders on its roster: Christophe Edaleine, Vladimir Efimkin, Stijn Vandenbergh and Tadej Valjavec, as well as the youngsters Tanel Kangert, Cédric Pineau, Alexandr Pliuschin and Jean-Charles Senac. Cyclo-crosser John Gadret will also be present even though he will be arriving only on December 17 due to the World Cup race in Overijse, Belgium on the day before. Christophe Riblon and Nicolas Rousseau will just be back from Beijing for the team meeting, after having participated in the second round of the Track World Cup in the team sprint, a vital step in view of their qualification to the Olympics next summer.
The 30 riders of the 2008 team are: José Luis Arrieta, Sylvain Calzati, Philip Deignan, Cyril Dessel, Renaud Dion, Hubert Dupont, Christophe Edaleine, Vladimir Efimkin, Martin Elmiger, John Gadret, Stéphane Goubert, Tanel Kangert, Yuriy Krivtsov, Julien Loubet, René Mandri, Laurent Mangel, Lloyd Mondory, Jean-Patrick Nazon, Rinaldo Nocentini, Cédric Pineau, Alexandr Pliuschin, Stéphane Poulhiès, Christophe Riblon, Nicolas Rousseau, Jean-Charles Senac, Blaise Sonnery, Ludovic Turpin, Alexandre Usov, Tadej Valjavec and Stijn Vandenbergh.
Manager Vincent Lavenu will have the help of four directeurs sportifs next season: Laurent Biondi, Gilles Mas, Arturas Kasputis and Julien Jurdie.