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Turgot and Gaudin sign with Ag2r-La Mondiale for three years

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Sébastien Turgot (Team Europcar) on the attack in the early five-man break

Sébastien Turgot (Team Europcar) on the attack in the early five-man break
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Sébastien Turgot (Team Europcar) en route to an 8th place finish at the Tour of Flanders

Sébastien Turgot (Team Europcar) en route to an 8th place finish at the Tour of Flanders
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Ballan, Boonen and Turgot on the podium at Paris-Roubaix

Ballan, Boonen and Turgot on the podium at Paris-Roubaix
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In a photo finish, Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) pipped Alessandro Ballan (BMC) for second place.

In a photo finish, Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) pipped Alessandro Ballan (BMC) for second place.
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Ag2r-La Mondiale has boosted its squad for the cobbled classics by signing both Sébastien Turgot and Damien Gaudin from Europcar. The French pair have both signed three-year contracts with Ag2r.

With five victories in seven years, Turgot is not a prolific winner but his fast finish and quiet consistency make him a good signing for the Ag2r squad. Having finished eighth in this year's Tour of Flanders and second in last year's Paris-Roubaix, Turgot's classics experience will also be a welcome addition to a team that has made little impact in the cobbled classics in recent seasons.

The 29-year-old Turgot has ridden for Jean-René Bernaudeau’s team since turning professional in 2006. He rode for Bouygues Telecom for four years and remained on board for a following three years after the team changed title sponsors to become Team Europcar. Now with the continued backing of a French team, Turgot can continue chasing his aspiration to become France's first Paris-Roubaix winner since Frédéric Guesdon in 1997.

Turgot will be joined at Ag2r by his close friend, current Europcar teammate and sometime Madison partner Damien Gaudin. The powerful Gaudin enjoyed a break-out spring in 2013, winning the prologue of Paris-Nice and Cholet-Pays de Loire, and finishing an impressive 5th at Paris-Roubaix.

The 27-year-old has been a professional since 2008, and like Turgot, Gaudin raced came through the ranks in Jean-René Bernaudeau’s set-up, racing for Vendée U as an amateur, and then for Bouygues Telecom and Europcar as a professional.