Cofidis (cycling team)

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Cofidis Solutions Crédits
Cofidis (cycling team) logo.jpg
Team information
UCI code COF
Based France
Founded 1997 (1997)
Discipline Road
Status UCI Professional Continental
Bicycles Look
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Yvon Sanquer
Team name history
1997–present Cofidis
Cofidis (cycling team) jersey
Jersey

Cofidis Solutions Crédits (UCI team code: COF) is a French professional road bicycle racing team sponsored by a money-lending company, Cofidis. It was started in 1996 by Cyrille Guimard the former manager of Bernard Hinault, Greg LeMond and Laurent Fignon of the Renault-Elf-Gitane team of the 1980s. The team's sponsor has supported the team despite repeated problems such as doping scandals. After it was part of the UCI ProTour for the ProTour's first five seasons, from 2010 on the team competes as a UCI Professional Continental team.

History[edit]

Cyrille Guimard started the team in 1996 with backing from Migraine. An acquisition was Lance Armstrong, formerly of Motorola Cycling Team. Armstrong was dropped[1] because of his cancer and another American, Bobby Julich, became leader for stage races. Julich's place in the first three of the 1998 Tour de France brought the team to the spotlight, and Frank Vandenbroucke brought further results in classics. That year, Cofidis finished as the Top Team in the Tour.

Years of drought followed as Julich and Vandenbroucke switched teams. Vandenbroucke's Belgian compatriots, Nico Mattan, Chris Peers, Peter Farazijn, and Jo Planckaert, stayed on but were criticised for inconsistent performance. Cofidis, on Migraine demand, began paying riders by results, judged by the points they won in a season-long competition run by the Union Cycliste Internationale. Belgian riders criticised the policy, saying it would lead riders to compete unadventurously to be sure of good placings at the finish. They debated the issue publicly with the manager, Alain Bondue, and left.

Cofidis rider Alexandre Usov, of Belarus, in the 2009 Cofidis racing kit at the 2009 Tour Down Under

David Millar raised the team's profile by winning the prologue of the 2000 Tour de France, taking leadership of the team. Millar criticized the points system and the team relented.

In 2004 Cofidis had three world champions – Igor Astarloa on the road, David Millar in the individual time trial and Laurent Gané on the track. However, a doping scandal involving Millar and other riders led them to stop racing until it was resolved. Astarloa left the team. The investigation decided that doping was by individual riders and that the team was not involved. However, David Millar has since suggested otherwise, in a strongly worded interview with the BBC.[2] The team then returned to competition for the 2004 Tour de France, in which Stuart O'Grady and David Moncoutié won stages, Moncoutié's on Bastille Day .

Moncoutié won on Bastille day again in the 2005 Tour de France – the only French stage win – with O'Grady's help. However, a new signing, Sylvain Chavanel failed to win a stage or to make a strong impression .

O'Grady and Matthew White left in 2006. Cédric Vasseur – often the road captain – also left. Early victory in Classic Haribo by Arnaud Coyot showed the team still had firepower. Cofidis won the first stage of the 2006 Tour de France with Jimmy Casper, in a chaotic sprint.

For 2007 the team signed Belgians Nick Nuyens and Kevin De Weert from Quick Step-Innergetic.

On 25 July 2007 Cofidis rider Christian Moreni failed his doping test after the 11th stage of the Tour de France. His blood contained traces of testosterone. Moreni acknowledged doping. The team withdrew from the Tour.[3]

On 29 September 2009, the UCI ProTour decided not to renew the ProTour licenses of Cofidis and Bbox Bouygues Telecom, due to poor results. [4]

In 2012, the team received a wildcard invitation to the Tour de France, along with three other French-registered teams.[5]

On 10 July 2012, the first rest day in the 2012 Tour de France, French police raided the Cofidis team hotel, arresting French rider Remy Di Gregorio[6] on suspicion of doping.[7]

2013 Paris - Roubaix, Forest of Arenberg

Team roster[edit]

As of 27 January 2014.[8]
Rider Date of birth
 Yoann Bagot (FRA) (1987-09-06) 6 September 1987 (age 26)
 Jérémy Bescond (FRA) (1991-02-27) 27 February 1991 (age 23)
 Edwig Cammaerts (BEL) (1987-07-17) 17 July 1987 (age 26)
 Jérôme Coppel (FRA) (1986-08-06) 6 August 1986 (age 27)
 Nicolas Edet (FRA) (1987-12-02) 2 December 1987 (age 26)
 Julien Fouchard (FRA) (1986-06-20) 20 June 1986 (age 27)
 Egoitz García (ESP) (1986-03-31) 31 March 1986 (age 28)
 Romain Hardy (FRA) (1988-08-24) 24 August 1988 (age 25)
 Gert Jõeäär (EST) (1987-07-09) 9 July 1987 (age 26)
 Christophe Laporte (FRA) (1992-12-11) 11 December 1992 (age 21)
 Christophe Le Mével (FRA) (1980-09-11) 11 September 1980 (age 33)
 Romain Lemarchand (FRA) (1987-07-26) 26 July 1987 (age 26)
 Cyril Lemoine (FRA) (1983-03-03) 3 March 1983 (age 31)
Rider Date of birth
 Guillaume Levarlet (FRA) (1985-07-25) 25 July 1985 (age 28)
 Luis Ángel Maté (ESP) (1984-03-23) 23 March 1984 (age 30)
 Rudy Molard (FRA) (1989-09-17) 17 September 1989 (age 24)
 Daniel Navarro (ESP) (1983-07-08) 8 July 1983 (age 30)
 Adrien Petit (FRA) (1990-09-26) 26 September 1990 (age 23)
 Stéphane Poulhies (FRA) (1985-06-26) 26 June 1985 (age 28)
 Florian Sénéchal (FRA) (1993-07-10) 10 July 1993 (age 20)
 Julien Simon (FRA) (1985-10-04) 4 October 1985 (age 28)
 Rein Taaramäe (EST) (1987-04-24) 24 April 1987 (age 26)
 Clément Venturini (FRA) (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 20)
 Louis Verhelst (BEL) (1990-08-28) 28 August 1990 (age 23)
 Romain Zingle (BEL) (1987-01-29) 29 January 1987 (age 27)

Major results[edit]

2008
1st GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise, Hervé Duclos-Lassalle
1st Stage 4 Tour Méditerranéen, Leonardo Duque
1st Stage 5 Tour Méditerranéen, Sylvain Chavanel
1st Stage 6 Paris-Nice, Sylvain Chavanel
1st Dwars door Vlaanderen, Sylvain Chavanel
1st Brabantse Pijl, Sylvain Chavanel
1st Stage 2 Circuit de la Sarthe, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Overall Four Days of Dunkirk, Stéphane Auge
1st Stage 1, Stéphane Auge
1st Stage 3 Tour de Picardie, Jean-Eudes Demaret
1st Stage 5 Volta a Catalunya, Sylvain Chavanel
1st  France Time Trial Championships, Sylvain Chavanel
1st Stage 3 Tour de France, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Stage 19 Tour de France, Sylvain Chavanel
1st Stage 7 Deutschland-Tour, Stéphane Auge
1st Stage 8 Vuelta a España, David Moncoutié
1st Mountains classification in the Vuelta a España, David Moncoutié
1st Stages 2 & 5 Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Samuel Dumoulin
2nd Tour of Flanders, Nick Nuyens
2009
1st GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise, Rémi Pauriol
1st Stage 5 Etoile de Bessèges, Jean-Eudes Demaret
1st Stage 6 Tour Méditerranéen, David Moncoutié
1st GP di Lugano, Rémi Pauriol
1st Stage 1 Tirreno-Adriatico, Julien El Fares
1st Stage 5 Circuit de la Sarthe, Jean-Eudes Demaret
1st Stage 7 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, David Moncoutié
1st  Estonia Road Race Championships, Rein Taaramäe
1st  Estonia Time Trial Championships, Rein Taaramäe
1st Overall Tour de Wallonie, Julien El Fares
1st Overall Tour de l'Ain, Rein Taaramäe
1st Stage 1, Mickaël Buffaz
1st Stage 4, Rein Taaramäe
1st Stage 2 Tour du Limousin, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Stage 13 Vuelta a España, David Moncoutié
1st Mountains classification in the Vuelta a España, David Moncoutié
3rd Overall Tour de Romandie, Rein Taaramäe
2010
1st Stage 2 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Overall Étoile de Bessèges, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Stage 3, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Stage 4 Tour Méditerranéen, Julien El Fares
1st GP Insubria, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Le Samyn, Jens Keukeleire
1st Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, Jens Keukeleire
1st Stage 1, Jens Keukeleire
1st Stage 7 Paris-Nice, Amaël Moinard
1st Nokere-Koerse, Jens Keukeleire
1st GP Cholet, Leonardo Duque
1st Stage 6 Volta a Catalunya, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Stage 4 Circuit de la Sarthe, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Paris-Camembert, Sébastien Minard
1st Stage 17 Giro d'Italia, Damien Monier
1st Stage 3 Tour de Luxembourg, Tony Gallopin
1st Overall Route du Sud, David Moncoutié
1st Stage 2b, David Moncoutié
1st  Estonia Road Race Championships, Kalle Kriit
1st Overall Paris-Corrèze, Mickaël Buffaz
1st Stage 1, Mickaël Buffaz
1st Stage 8 Vuelta a España, David Moncoutié
1st Mountains classification in the Vuelta a España, David Moncoutié
2nd Overall Volta a Catalunya, Rein Taaramäe
2011
1st Stage 3 Etoile de Bessèges, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Overall Tour Mediterranéen, David Moncoutié
1st Stage 5, David Moncoutié
1st Stage 1 Tour du Haut Var, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Stages 5 & 7 Volta a Catalunya, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Flèche d'Emeraude, Tony Gallopin
1st Tartu GP, Jean-Eudes Demaret
1st Stage 4 Route du Sud, Luis Ángel Maté
1st  Estonia Time Trial Championships, Rein Taaramäe
1st Stage 3 Österreich-Rundfahrt, Jens Keukeleire
1st Overall Paris-Corrèze, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Stage 1, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Stage 2 Danmark Rundt, Remy Cusin
1st Overall Tour de l'Ain, David Moncoutié
1st Stage 2 Tour du Limousin, Tony Gallopin
1st Stage 11 Vuelta a España, David Moncoutié
1st Stage 14 Vuelta a España, Rein Taaramäe
1st Mountains classification in the Vuelta a España, David Moncoutié
2012
1st  Latvia Road Race Championships, Aleksejs Saramotins
1st  Estonia Time Trial Championships, Rein Taaramäe
1st Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise, Samuel Dumoulin
1st Stage 3 Vuelta a Asturias, Rémy Di Gregorio
1st Stage 2 Boucles de la Mayenne, Nico Sijmens
1st Overall Paris–Corrèze, Egoitz García
2013
1st Stage 4 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Adrien Petit
1st Vuelta a Murcia, Daniel Navarro
1st Classic Loire Atlantique, Edwig Cammaerts
1st Overall Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour, Nico Sijmens
1st Stage 3, Nico Sijmens
1st Overall Tour of Estonia, Gert Jõeäär
1st  Estonia Road Race Championships, Rein Taaramäe
1st Jersey blue dotted.png Mountains classification in the Vuelta a España, Nicolas Edet
1st Overall Tour du Gévaudan, Yoann Bagot
1st Stage 1, Yoann Bagot
2014
1st Overall Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen, Gert Jõeäär
1st Prologue, Gert Jõeäär

National Champions[edit]

2000
MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG Luxembourg Time Trial Championships, Stève Fogen
2001
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Road Race Championships, Janek Tombak
2003
MaillotAustralia.PNG Australian Road Race Championships, Stuart O'Grady
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Road Race Championships, Janek Tombak
2005
MaillotFra.PNG France Time Trial Championships, Sylvain Chavanel
2006
MaillotFra.PNG France Time Trial Championships, Sylvain Chavanel
2008
MaillotFra.PNG France Time Trial Championships, Sylvain Chavanel
2009
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Road Race Championships, Rein Taaramäe
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Time Trial Championships, Rein Taaramäe
2010
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Road Race Championships, Kalle Kriit
2011
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Time Trial Championships, Rein Taaramäe
2012
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvia Road Race Championships, Aleksejs Saramotins
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Time Trial Championships, Rein Taaramäe
2013
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Road Race Championships, Rein Taaramäe
2014
MaillotFra.PNG France Under-23 Cyclo-cross Championships, Clément Venturini

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