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At the start of 2012, Vincent Lavenu celebrated twenty uninterrupted years of his professional team’s existence. As the oldest of the French teams, it has had three main sponsors: Chazal, Casino and Ag2r. It boasts seventeen participations in the Tour de France, which it has not missed since 1997, with varying fortunes, from the disgrace of its leaders (Rodolfo Massi in 1998 and Francisco Mancebo in 2006) to the eight-day adventure in yellow of Rinaldo Nocentini in 2009.

Founded and based since its beginnings in Chambery, the team from Savoy has stood out thanks to its local produce, either born in the Rhone-Alpes region such as Sylvain Calzati, a stage winner at Lorient in 2006, or Cyril Dessel, a Yellow Jersey wearer and 6th in the overall general classification during the same year (the best result achieved by one of Lavenu’s riders), or trained by the team, like Estonian Jaan Kirsipuu, loyal to Lavenu from 1992 to 2004, who won four stages and wore yellow for six days in 1999.

AG2R La Mondiale regularly achieves winning moves on the Tour de France, with the latest in the form of recruiting mountain-biking Olympic vice-champion Jean-Christophe Peraud, 10th on his first participation in the Big Loop in 2011, at 34 years old, and 2nd on the stage that finished at Annonay Davezieux in 2012. It also boasts one of the leading emerging French riders in its ranks: Romain Bardet.

Stage victories: 12
- 1998: Jacky Durand at Montauban and Rodolfo Massi at Luchon
- 1999: Jaan Kirsipuu at Challans
- 2000: Christophe Agnolutto at Limoges
- 2001: Jaan Kirsipuu at Strasbourg
- 2002: Jaan Kirsipuu at Rouen
- 2004: Jaan Kirsipuu at Charleroi and Jean-Patrick Nazon at Wasquehal
- 2006: Sylvain Calzati at Lorient
- 2008: Vladimir Efimkin at Bagnères-de-Bigorre and Cyril Dessel at Jausiers
- 2010: Christophe Riblon at Ax 3 Domaines

Victories in secondary classifications: 2
- 1998: Jacky Durand (combativity award)
- 1999: Benoît Salmon (best young rider)

Yellow Jerseys: 16
- 1998: Bo Hamburger, one day
- 1999: Jaan Kirsipuu, six days
- 2006: Cyril Dessel, one day
- 2009: Rinaldo Nocentini, eight days

Key Figures: 19 - the number of participations in the Tour de France by Vincent Lavenu’s team, a French record for the currently active teams.

KEY DATES
5th July 1999: Jaan Kirsipuu, a rider from Vincent Lavenu’s team’s beginnings, becomes the first Estonian to wear the Yellow Jersey
9th July 2006: on the day of the football World Cup final between France and Italy, Sylvain Calzati, a Frenchman of Italian origin, wins the stage at Lorient
10th July 2009: in Andorra, Rinaldo Nocentini starts, between Fabian Cancellara and Alberto Contador, an eight-day transition in yellow, the longest period an Ag2r rider has worn the Yellow Jersey.