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by Shane Stokes
October 27, 2015
Photography by Cor Vos
Moving on after five years with the Team RadioShack/Trek Factory Racing teams, New Zealand’s Jesse Sergent has inked a multi-year deal with the Ag2r-La Mondiale squad.
The 27 year old rider will compete with the French team for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, and will try to seize new opportunities.
“I’m excited to be joining Ag2r La Mondiale Pro cycling team for the next two seasons,” he said, “and I would like to thank Vincent Lavenu for the opportunity to be racing with his team.
“Ag2r La Mondiale Pro Cycling Team is known for its aggressive, attacking, never give up style of racing and I am looking forward to being a part of that.”
Sergent was part of the bronze medal winning team pursuit squad in both the Beijing and London Olympics. On the road, his past results include overall victory in the Driedaagse van West Vlaanderen and Tour du Poitou Charentes in 2011, plus a stage win in each, as well as a stage in that year’s Eneco Tour.
Since then his sole win was a stage in the Tour of Austria last year, with third in the Driedaagse van West Vlaanderen this season being his best showing.
He was part of the leading break in the Tour of Flanders but was hit from behind by the Shimano neutral service car, suffering a broken collarbone.
Sergent is approaching the age when riders achieve their best results and wants to step up a level.
“I hope to continue to grow as a rider and to keep targeting time trials and shorter stage races,” he said. “[Also] helping the leaders on the team to achieve results as its something I enjoy. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Team manager Vincent Lavenu said that he had tracked his performances in recent seasons, keeping his eye on the rider.
“He is a rouleur and a Classic rider and he will strengthen our team in this field,” he said. “It’s the first time a rider from New Zealand joins our team.”