Crédit Agricole (cycling team)

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Crédit Agricole
Team information
UCI code C.A
Based France
Founded 1987 (1987)
Disbanded 2008
Discipline Road
Status ProTour
Key personnel
General manager Roger Legeay
Team name history
1987
1988–89
1990
1991–92
1993–98
1998–2008
Vétements Z-Peugeot
Z-Peugeot
Z-Tomasso
Z
GAN
Crédit Agricole
Crédit Agricole (cycling team) jersey
Jersey

Crédit Agricole (UCI Team Code: C.A) was a French professional cycling team managed by Roger Legeay. From 1997 to 2008, the team was sponsored by the French bank Crédit Agricole. Prior to 1997, the team was known as Vétements Z-Peugeot (1987), Z-Peugeot (1988-89), Z-Tomasso (1990), Z (1991–92) and GAN (1993–96). In 1990, the team's leading cyclist, the American Greg LeMond, won the Tour de France. The team also won the team title at the Tour de France that year. Crédit Agricole announced that they would cease to sponsor the team after 2008,[1] and the team was subsequently disbanded.

History[edit]

The team was born out of the Peugeot cycling team, which existed from the early 1900s to 1986. Roger Legeay was the Peugeot team's last manager, and he created Vétements Z-Peugeot in 1987 (taking its name from the children's clothing brand Z and the car manufacturer Peugeot). That year, the team made its appearance at the Tour de France, with Frenchman Pascal Simon as its leading cyclist.

In 1988, under the name of Z-Peugeot, the team achieved its first stage win at the Tour de France when Jérôme Simon (Pascal Simon's brother) won stage 9 of the tour. The team's second stage win came in 1989, when the Scottish rider Robert Millar took a mountain stage.

In 1990, the Tour's defending champion, Greg LeMond, moved to the team, which had been renamed Z-Tomasso. Riding for the team, LeMond won his third Tour title that year, coming in 2 minutes and 16 seconds ahead of the second-placed rider, the Italian Claudio Chiappucci. LeMond credited strong team support and tactics for his third Tour victory. And the team also won the team title at the year's Tour, coming in just 16 seconds ahead of the ONCE cycling team (the closest margin for the team classification in the Tour's history).

In 1991, with the team renamed simply Z, LeMond wore the yellow jersey for five stages in the earlier part of the Tour, but faded as the event progressed and eventually finished in seventh place, 13 minutes behind the new champion, the Spanish rider Miguel Indurain.

In 1992, LeMond struggled and eventually abandoned the Tour on the 14th stage. However the team picked up one stage win that year, with Jean-Claude Colotti winning stage 17.

In 1993, the team was renamed GAN. LeMond did not ride in the 1993 Tour. He returned in 1994, but withdrew after the six stages.

Just prior to LeMond's departure the team acquired the British track cyclist Chris Boardman, a time trial specialist. Riding for the team, Boardman won the Prologue of the Tour de France in both 1996 and 1998.

The team also acquired a young Australia track rider, Stuart O'Grady, in the mid-1990s. He won several Tour stages and nearly took the Green Jersey in the 2000 Tour de France. O'Grady held on to the Yellow Jersey for many days during that same tour.

The team was renamed Crédit Agricole in 1997.

German rider Jens Voigt joined the team until the 2003 season, winning a Tour stage and spending a day in the yellow jersey in 2000.

Thor Hushovd riding in front of the Crédit Agricole team car, when winning the prologue in the 2006 Tour de France.

The 2000 and 2001 seasons saw Americans Bobby Julich and Jonathan Vaughters in the team, making it the team with the most English speakers. The team also won the 2001 Tour de France team time trial in front of the ONCE and U.S. Postal teams. Julich and Vaughters left after one and two seasons respectively.

The 2003 season saw the emergence of Thor Hushovd of Norway as the main sprinter of the team. At the end of 2003 O'Grady and Voigt left for Cofidis and Team CSC respectively.

2005 was successful for the team. Pietro Caucchioli finished in the top ten of the Giro d'Italia and Christophe Le Mével took a breakaway stage win. In the 2005 Tour de France Christophe Moreau was the highest-placed French rider (11th) and Thor Hushovd secured the green jersey points classification.

In 2006, Crédit Agricole captured the team classification at the Tour de Pologne. Hushovd took stage wins and two days in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, won the Gent–Wevelgem classic, and a stage win and the points classification at the Vuelta a España.

From 2005 to 2008, the team was one of the 20 which competed in the UCI ProTour.

The team disbanded at the end of the 2008 season when Crédit Agricole ended their sponsorship.

Major results[edit]

Z - Peugeot

1988
  • Route du Sud
1st Overall, Ronan Pensec
1st Stage 9, Jerome Simon
1989
1st Overall, Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle
  • Paris - Nice
1st Stage 4, Bruno Cornillet
  • Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 4, Robert Millar
  • Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 6b, Robert Millar
  • Tour de France
1st Stage 10, Robert Millar

Z

1990
  • 1st Cholet - Pays De Loire, Kim Andersen
  • 1st Tour de Vendée, François Lemarchand
  • Tour de Romandie
1st Stage 4, Robert Millar
  • Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 11, Eric Boyer
1st Stage 14, Eric Boyer
  • Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Overall Jersey yellow-bluebar.svg, Robert Millar
  • Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 11, Kim Andersen
  • Tour de France
1st Overall Jersey yellow.svg, Greg Lemond

Z - Peugeot

1991
1st Overall, Bruno Cornillet
  • Tour du Poitou Charentes
1st Overall, Kim Andersen
  • 1st GP de la Ville de Rennes, Kim Andersen
  • 1st Trophée des Grimpeurs, Atle Kvalsvoll
  • Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 1, Philippe Casado
1st Stage 4, Eric Boyer
1st Stage 5, Robert Millar

Z - Cycles Lemond

1992
  • Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne
1st Overall, Pascal Lance
  • Tour du Limousin
1st Overall, Eric Boyer
1st Overall, Bruno Cornillet
  • Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 8, Eric Boyer
  • Tour de France
1st Stage 17, Jean-Claude Colotti

GAN

1993
  • 1st GP d'Ouverture La Marseillaise, Didier Rous
  • Route du Sud
1st Overall, Eric Boyer
  • Tour du Haut Var
1st Overall, Thierry Claveyrolat
1st Stage 2, Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle
1994
  • Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Prologue, Chris Boardman
1st Stage 3, Chris Boardman
1st Stage 7, Chris Boardman
  • Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 6, Chris Boardman
  • Tour de France
1st Prologue, Chris Boardman
1st Stage 21, Eddy Seigneur
1st Overall, Eddy Seigneur
1995
  • Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco
1st Stage 2, Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle
  • Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Prologue, Chris Boardman
1st Overall, Nicolas Aubier
1996
  • Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana
1st Stage 4, Didier Rous
  • Critérium International
1st Overall, Chris Boardman
1st Overall, Philippe Gaumont
1st Overall, Philippe Gaumont
  • Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne
1st Overall, Eddy Seigneur
  • Paris - Nice
1st Stage 1, Frédéric Moncassin
1st Stage 8b, Chris Boardman
1st Overall, Laurent Desbiens
1st Prologue, Chris Boardman
1st Stage 2, François Simon
  • Tour de France
1st Stage 1, Frédéric Moncassin
1st Stage 19, Frédéric Moncassin
1997
  • Volta a la Comunidad Valenciana
1st Stage 5b, Chris Boardman
  • Tour de Romandie
1st Prologue, Chris Boardman
1st Stage 6, Chris Boardman
  • Critérium du Dauphiné
1st prologue, Chris Boardman
  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
1st Stage 1b, Chris Boardman
1st Stage 5, Chris Boardman
1st Prologue, Chris Boardman
1st Stage 5, Cédric Vasseur

Crédit Agricole

1998
1st Stage 5a, Jens Voigt
1st Prologue, Chris Boardman
1st Stage 4, Chris Boardman
1st Stage 1b, Chris Boardman
1st Stage 5, Chris Boardman
1st Prologue, Chris Boardman
1st Stage 14, Stuart O'Grady
1st Stage 19, Magnus Backstedt
1999
1st Overall, Jens Voigt
1st Stage 3, Chris Boardman
1st Overall, Stuart O'Grady
1st Stage 3, Stuart O'Grady
1st Stage 5, Stuart O'Grady
1st Stage 1, Chris Boardman
1st Overall, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 5, Thor Hushovd
2000
1st Overall, Jens Voigt
1st Overall, Sébastien Hinault
1st Stage 2, Fabrice Gougot
2001
1st Stage 5 TTT, Crédit Agricole
1st Stage 16, Jens Voigt
1st Overall Stuart O'Grady
1st Overall, Jens Voigt
1st Stage 2, Jens Voigt
1st Overall, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 1a, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 3, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 4, Jonathan Vaughters
1st Stage 6, Jens Voigt
2002
1st, Stage 18, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 3, Jens Voigt
1st Stage 4, Christophe Moreau
1st Stage 2, Thor Hushovd
2003
  • Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 6, Stuart O'Grady
1st Stage 8, Stuart O'Grady
1st Overall, Christophe Moreau
1st Stage 4, Christophe Moreau
1st Stage 5, Christophe Moreau
  • Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne
1st Overall, Jens Voigt
1st Stage 4, Jens Voigt
1st Stage 4 Sébastien Hinault
2004
1st Stage 3, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 4, Sébastien Hinault
  • Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 1, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 8, Thor Hushovd
  • Tour du Limousin
1st Overall, Pierrick Fedrigo
1st Stage 2, Pierrick Fedrigo
2005
  • Circuit Cycliste Sarthe - Pays de la Loire
1st Stage 3, Damien Nazon
  • La Côte Picarde
1st Jean Marc Marino
  • Circuit de Lorraine Professionnels
1st Stage 2, Bradley Wiggins
  • 4 Days of Dunkirk
1st Stage 1, Thor Hushovd
  • Tour de Picardie
1st Stage 4, Damien Nazon
  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
1st Stage 7, Damien Nazon
  • Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 16, Christophe Le Mevel
  • Tour de Luxembourg
1st Overall, Laszlo Bodrogi
  • Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 1, Thor Hushovd
  • Route du Sud
1st Stage 1, Nicolas Vogondy
1st Stage 4, Patrice Halgand
1st, Points Classification, Thor Hushovd
  • Tour du Limousin
1st Overall, Sébastien Joly
1st Stage 1, Sébastien Joly
1st Stage 4, Thor Hushovld
  • Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne
1st Stage 3, Jaan Kirsipuu
  • Vuelta a España
1st Stage 5, Thor Hushovd
  • Tour de l´Avenir
1st Stage 8, Bradley Wiggins
  • Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 3, Jaan Kirsipuu
  • Circuit Franco-Belge
1st Stage 2, Sébastien Hinault
2006
  • Jayco Bay Cycling Classic
1st Stage 5, Mark Renshaw
  • Etoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 2, Jaan Kirsipuu
1st Stage 5, Jaan Kirsipuu
  • Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 3, Saul Raisin
1st Stage 8, Sébastien Hinault
  • Tirreno - Adriatico
1st Stage 4, Thor Hushovd
  • Gent-Wevelgem, Thor Hushovd
  • Tro-Bro Léon, Mark Renshaw
  • Tour de Picardie
1st Stage 4, Sébastien Hinault
  • Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 7, Thor Hushovd
  • Route du Sud
1st Stage 4, Patrice Halgand
1st Prologue, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 20, Thor Hushovd

Tour of Austria

1st Stage 6, Laszlo Bodrogi
  • Tour de l´Ain
1st Stage 4, Patrice Halgand
1st Stage 4, Sébastien Hinault
  • Châteauroux Classic de l´Indre Trophée Fenioux, Nicolas Vogondy
  • Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne
1st Stage 5, Nicolas Vogondy
1st Points Classification, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 6 Thor Hushovd
1st Points Classification, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 3 Thor Hushovd
2007
  • Jayco Bay Cycling Classic
1st Overall, Mark Renshaw
1st Porlogue, Mark Renshaw
1st Prologue, Jimmy Engoulvent
1st Stage 1, Pierre Roland
1st Stage 3, Sébastien Hinault
1st, General Classification, Anthony Charteau
1st Stage 3, Anthony Charteau
  • Etoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 1, Angelo Furlan
1st Stage 1, Angelo Furlan
  • Tour de Picardie
1st Stage 2, Mark Renshaw
  • Ronde de l´Isard d´Ariège
1st Stage 4, Ignatas Konovalovas
  • Tour de Luxembourg
1st Prologue, Jimmy Engoulvent
1st Stage 4, Thor Hushovd
  • Tour de la Wallonne
1st Stage 4, Rémi Pauriol
  • Tour de l´Ain
1st Stage 4, Patrice Halgand
  • Tour du Limousin
1st Stage 2, Pierre Roland
2008
  • Jayco Bay Cycling Classic
1st Overall, Mark Renshaw
1st Stage 3, Mark Renshaw
  • Tour Down Under
1st Stage 1, Mark Renshaw
  • Etoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 4, Angelo Furlan
  • Tour de Langkawi
1st Stage 2, Jeremy Hunt
  • Tour Méditerranéen
1st Overall, Alexandre Botcharov
1st Stage 1, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 3, Alexandre Botcharov
  • Paris - Nice
1st Prologue, Thor Hushovd
  • Tour ivoirien de la Paix
1st Stage 4, Jimmy Engoulvent
  • Volta ao Distrito de Santarém
1st Stage 2, Angelo Furlan
  • Critérium International
1st Stage 2, Simon Gerrans
  • 4 Days of Dunkirk
1st Stage 6, Thor Hushovd
1st Points Classification, Thor Hushovd
1st Prologue, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 1, Thor Hushovd
  • Circuit de Lorraine Professionnels
1st Stage 1, Johnathan Hivert
  • Tour de Luxembourg
1st Stage 2, Ignatas Konovalovas
1st Stage 7, Dmitriy Fofonov
  • Route du Sud
1st Stage 1, Simon Gerrans
1st Stage 2, Thor Hushovd
1st Stage 15, Simon Gerrans
  • Tour de la Wallonne
1st Stage 5, Patrice Halgand
  • Tour du Limousin
1st Overall, Sébastien Hinault
1st Stage 1, Nicholas Roche
1st Stage 3, Sébastien Hinault
1st Stage 10, Sébastien Hinault
  • Tour de Pologne
1st Stage 3, Angelo Furlan
1st Stage 2, Mark Renshaw

National Champions[edit]

1994
1st Jersey rainbow.svg World Time Trial Championships, Chris Boardman
1995
1st MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Championships, Eddy Seigneur
1996
1st MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Championships, Stéphane Heulot
1st MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial Championships, Eddy Seigneur
1997
1st MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial Championships, Francisque Teyssier
1999
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Australian Road Race Championships, Henk Vogels
1st MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Championships, François Simon
2002
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Norwegian Time Trial Championships, Thor Hushovd
2003
1st MaillotAustralia.PNG Australian Road Race Championships, Stuart O'Grady
2004
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Norwegian Road Race Championships, Thor Hushovd
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Norwegian Time Trial Championships, Thor Hushovd
2005
1st MaillotNoruega.PNG Norwegian Time Trial Championships, Thor Hushovd
1st MaillotKaz.PNG Kazakhstan Time Trial Championships, Dimitry Muravyev
1st MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Road Race Championships, Jaan Kirsipuu
1st MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Time Trial Championships, Jaan Kirsipuu
2006
1st MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Time Trial Championships, Jaan Kirsipuu
1st MaillotHungary.png Hungary Time Trial Championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
2007
1st MaillotNuevaZelanda.PNG New Zealand Road Race Championships, Julian Dean
1st MaillotHungary.png Hungary Time Trial Championships, Laszlo Bodrogi
1st MaillotIrlanda.PNG Ireland Time Trial Championships, Nicolas Roche
2008
1st MaillotLituania.PNG Lithuania Time Trial Championships, Ignatas Konovalovas

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