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Fencing, rock climbing, running - AG2R's action-packed winter camp

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Does any other team enjoy such amazing scenery on its camps

Does any other team enjoy such amazing scenery on its camps
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Romain Bardet with team manager Vincent Lavenu and new recruit Tony Gallopin in the hotel

Romain Bardet with team manager Vincent Lavenu and new recruit Tony Gallopin in the hotel
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Those doing the Tour Down Under in January head out on the mountain bikes

Those doing the Tour Down Under in January head out on the mountain bikes
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Riders kept their fitness up with a range of activities

Riders kept their fitness up with a range of activities
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Samuel Dumoulin looked the part as a fencer

Samuel Dumoulin looked the part as a fencer
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Romain Bardet is a natural climber

Romain Bardet is a natural climber
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One of the more terrifying activities

One of the more terrifying activities
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Mathias Frank leads the trail run

Mathias Frank leads the trail run
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A fond farewell to Christophe Riblon, who is retiring

A fond farewell to Christophe Riblon, who is retiring
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Riders were also on media duty

Riders were also on media duty
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Full team photo

Full team photo
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There's already a blanket of snow in the Alps

There's already a blanket of snow in the Alps
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Riders placing plenty of trust in their teammates

Riders placing plenty of trust in their teammates
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More fencing

More fencing
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Rare upper body work for the riders

Rare upper body work for the riders
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Axel Domont and Clement Chevrier arrive for the camp

Axel Domont and Clement Chevrier arrive for the camp
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Nico Denz doesn't neglect the upper body

Nico Denz doesn't neglect the upper body
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Sam Dumoulin tries his hand at fencing

Sam Dumoulin tries his hand at fencing
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The AG2R La Mondiale team gathered in Vaujany in the French Alps this week for its first off-season camp of the winter, and it was action-packed as ever, with a range of activities on offer for the riders. 

Fencing, trail running, rock climbing, mountain biking, and hiking was all on offer for the riders as they enjoyed the surroundings of one of the most picturesque training camp locations in professional cycling. 

The team said goodbye to Christophe Riblon who is retiring, and hello to new recruits including Tony Gallopin

The team will hold two further camps this winter, in December and January - though in the rather more mundane - albeit much warmer - setting of the south east of Spain. 

Flick or swipe through the gallery above to see what Romain Bardet and his AG2R La Mondiale teammates got up to this week.