Jimmy Casper

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Jimmy Casper
Jimmy Casper 2008.jpg
Casper at the 2008 Four Days of Dunkirk
Personal information
Full name Jimmy Casper
Born (1978-05-28) May 28, 1978 (age 36)
Montdidier, Somme, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 69 kg (152 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
1998–2003
2004–2006
2007
2008
2009–2011
2012
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
1 stage (2006)
Infobox last updated on
1 January 2013

Jimmy Casper (born May 28, 1978 in Montdidier, Somme) is a French retired road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1998 and 2012.

Career[edit]

He has on two occasions finished in last place in the General classification of the Tour de France, thereby 'winning' the red lantern.[1]

Casper at the 2006 Tour de France.

Casper was suspended from his team, Agritubel because he tested positive for corticosteroid, an asthma drug that is banned unless the user has a medical exemption for its use, during the 2008 Tour de France by the Agence Française de Lutte contre le Dopage. The exemption had been renewed but with a previous asthma medication than the one prescribed and used during the Tour de France.[2] He has been cleared of any charges during the hearing held by the Federation Francaise de Cyclisme. For 2009 he signed with the Besson Chaussures-Sojasun team, with whom he enjoyed success, winning two stages at the Étoile de Bessèges, a stage of the Critérium International, the Paris–Camembert, and the Grand Prix de Denain. Casper joined the Ag2r-La Mondiale team for the 2012 season.[3]

In December 2012, Casper announced his retirement as a professional cyclist. He had a total of 61 victories and stated that he would like to remain in the cycling environment with a coaching job.[4]

Major achievements[edit]

1999 – Française des Jeux
1st, Stages 1, 3, 4 & 8, Deutschland Tour
1st, Stage 4a, Four Days of Dunkirk
1st, Stage 1a, Tour de l'Ain
9th, Delta Profronde van Midden-Zeeland
2000 – Française des Jeux
8th, Overall, Tour de Normandie
2001 – Française des Jeux
1st, Stage 3, Tour Méditerranéen
1st, Stage 2b, Circuit des Mines
1st, Stage 2a, Route du Sud
1st, Stage 3, Tour du Poitou-Charentes et de la Vienne
6th, Overall, Etoile de Bessèges
144th, Overall, Tour de France (Lanterne Rouge)
2002 – Française des Jeux
1st, GP Cholet-Pays de Loire
1st, Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
1st, Stage 2, GP Erik Breukink
1st, Stage 6a, Circuit des Mines
1st, Stage 9, Tour de l'Avenir
6th, Road Race, 2002 UCI Road World Championships
8th, Classic Haribo
2003 – FDJeux.com
1st, Stage 3a, Giro della Liguria
2nd, Overall, Driedaagse Van West-Vlaanderen
1st, Stage 1
3rd, GP de Villers-Cotterêts
6th, Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne
8th, Overall, GP Erik Breukink
1st, Stage 1
8th, GP Jef Scherens
2004 – Cofidis
1st, Overall, Circuit Franco-Belge
1st, Stage 2
1st, Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen
1st, Stage 1, Four Days of Dunkirk
1st, Stage 6, Danmark Rundt
2nd, Overall, Tour de Picardie
1st, Stage 4
5th, Gent–Wevelgem
6th, Nokere Koerse
7th, Classic Haribo
147th, Overall, Tour de France (Lanterne Rouge)
2005 – Cofidis
1st, Châteauroux – Classic de l'Indre
1st, Grand Prix de Denain
1st, Stage 5, Étoile de Bessèges
2nd, Overall, Circuit Franco-Belge
114th, Road Race, 2005 UCI Road World Championships
124th, Overall, Vuelta a España
2006 – Cofidis
1st, Overall, Tour de Picardie
1st, Stage 3
1st, Grand Prix de Denain
2nd, Tour de Vendée
137th, Overall, Tour de France
1st, Stage 1
2007 – Unibet.com
1st, Overall, Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen
1st, Stage 1
1st, Memorial Samyn
2008 – Agritubel
1st, Stage 2, Tour Méditerranéen
1st, Stage 2, Circuit de Lorraine
2nd, Classic Loire Atlantique
2nd, Grand Prix de Denain
3rd, GP de la Ville de Rennes
7th, GP Cholet
8th, Overall, Boucles de la Mayenne
1st, Stage 2
9th, Tour de Picardie
10th, Route Adélie de Vitré
2009 – Besson Chaussures-Sojasun
1st, Paris–Camembert
1st, Grand Prix de Denain
1st, Châteauroux Classic
1st, Stages 1 & 2, Étoile de Bessèges
1st, Stage 1, Critérium International
1st, Stage 2, Tour de Gironde
1st, Stage 1, Ronde de l'Oise
1st, Stage 1, Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne
2nd, GP Cholet
3rd, Overall, Tour de Picardie
4th, Grand Prix de Fourmies
6th, Overall, Boucles de la Mayenne
1st, Stage 1
10th, Le Samyn
10th, Tro-Bro Léon
2010 – Saur-Sojasun
1st, Val d'Ille U Classic 35
1st, Stage 1, Tour of Oman
1st, Stage 4, Tour de Normandie
1st, Stage 3, Tour of Belgium
1st, Stage 3, Volta a Portugal
6th, Overall, Tour du Poitou Charentes et de la Vienne
1st, Stage 5
8th, Scheldeprijs
8th, Grand Prix de Denain
9th, GP Cholet
10th, Overall, Tour de Picardie
1st, Stage 3
10th, Châteauroux Classic
10th, GP de la Somme
2011 – Saur-Sojasun
1st, Overall, Boucles de la Mayenne
1st, Stages 2 & 3
1st, Grand Prix de Denain
1st, Stage 3, Tour de Picardie
1st, Stage 1, Tour de l'Ain
7th, Le Samyn
9th, Paris-Troyes
2012 – Ag2r-La Mondiale
4th, Flèche d'Emeraude
10th, Grand Prix de Denain

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lanterne Rouge
  2. ^ "Fifth Tour rider fails drugs test". BBC News. 9 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Jimmy Casper joins Ag2r-La Mondiale for one-year deal". VeloNews (Competitor Group, Inc.). Agence France-Presse. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 1 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Casper retires from professional cycling". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). 21 December 2012. Retrieved 22 December 2012.