John Gadret likes Swiss air

AG2R's climbing specialist John Gadret.

AG2R's climbing specialist John Gadret. (Image credit: Shane Stokes)

John Gadret (Ag2r) enjoys riding in Switzerland. After recently winning the GP Aargau/Gippingen he is doing well in the Tour de Suisse where he is currently 14th at 2'40", despite having some knee trouble, he told

"I was thinking about the overall classification before the race - getting the best place possible. And I also want to see if I can do something in the next couple of days when the race hits the mountains. Those stages will certainly show who is on form," the Frenchman concluded.

He feels well prepared for the Tour de France, where he will first and foremost "help Christophe Moreau, who has just won the Dauphiné," but also go for a stage win "if I get a green light on one of the stages." Gadret continued that "the team did some training in the Alps for a week recently and we especially checked out the stage to Le Grand Bornard."

Gadret reckons that his cyclo-cross racing in the winter does help to get him in a good condition early, rather than interfering with his road racing program.

The Ag2r rider is very happy with the progress he has made in the last few years, "from my beginnings at Chocolade Jacques to be able to now win my first road race as pro and make the Tour team, that is a great pleasure. But I don't want to stop here now."

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