Clermont Ferrand, France
Cooking / Wine pairing / Watching other sports / Hiking / Politics
Favourite Food
Pasta with truffle
Favourite holiday destination
Favourite race
Strade Bianche

A new addition to the team in 2021, Romain until now has plied his trade in French outfit AG2R La Mondiale since turning pro. Building up an illustrious palmarès that includes three Tour de France stage wins and two GC podium finishes, alongside several strong one-day results such as his second place in the 2018 World Championships, Romain is looking forward to a new challenge and reinvigorating himself within the team.

“Joining the team, and the structure it has, I think it gives me the best chance to get better at my age. It’s a new start to my career – I feel young again.”

Falling in love with the sport from a young age, Romain wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, who himself raced at a regional level in France. At the age of ten, he got a race license and never looked back. Immersing himself fully in cycling, Romain loves the competitive side of racing but also enjoys the simple beauty of being able to go out and ride his bike amongst the hills where his childhood heroes raced.

“I’m really passionate about cycling; all of the history and the legendary roads or passes. I also like how the climbs are so unchanged over the years and have seen some of the greatest battles of cycling. On my own little scale, it is really nice to be part of such battles – it keeps me excited.”

With his infectious and down-to-earth personality, Romain’s humility allows him to get on with almost whoever he meets. Away from the sport the certified sommelier can be found honing his craft, piquing his interests in his university degree by studying the latest geopolitics or enjoying the simple pleasures in life; such as a hike through the local hills with his family.