Julien Bérard

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Julien Bérard
Julien Bérard - Tour de l'Ain 2013.JPG
Bérard at the 2013 Tour de l'Ain
Personal information
Full name Julien Bérard
Born (1987-07-27) 27 July 1987 (age 27)
Paris, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 70 kg (150 lb)
Team information
Current team Ag2r-La Mondiale
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
2009
Ag2r-La Mondiale (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2010–
Infobox last updated on
22 June 2014

Julien Bérard (born 27 July 1987) is a French professional road bicycle racer riding for UCI ProTour team Ag2r-La Mondiale.[1]

Amateur career[edit]

Born in Paris, Bérard recorded his first notable result in July 2005 when he won the third stage of the junior edition of the Tour du Valromey.[2] In another stage during that same stage race he finished in second position. In 2008 he started as a stagiaire for the Ag2r-La Mondiale team. His first top-three spot he claimed in the Tour des Pays de Savoie where he finished in second position in stage 3, but also managed to claim the same second spot in the general classification.[1] In the Tour de la Creuse he managed to finish in third position in the second stage, but he also claimed the victory in the general classification standings for that race.[1] His first real road race win at senior level was a win in the second stage of the Tour du Gévaudan with the finish in Mende.[1]

Bérard maintained his spot in the team for the 2009 season in which he claimed his first victory on the 28th of March, when he finished 32 seconds in front of the runner-up at the Grand Prix Saint-Etienne Loire.[3] In the Tour du Perigord - A Travers les Bastides he became third and he won the third stage of the under-23 edition of the Ronde de l'Isard d'Ariège.[1] That result was followed by two second places in the first stage of the Tour des Pays de Savoie and the Mi-Aout-Bretonne. In that last race he also claimed the third spot in the general classifications.[1] In the Tour de l'Avenir he booked his biggest success as an amateur, by winning the first stage of the "Race of the future". Start and finish were both in Dreux, France, while Romain Sicard and Dennis van Winden were the first riders to cross the finish line after Bérard.[4] Not only was this his biggest success as an amateur, it was also the last time he was performing as such.

Professional career[edit]

Ag2r-La Mondiale offered him a professional contract for the 2010 season, in which he struggled to come up with some top-three results. His best results of that season were accomplished during the La Tropicale Amissa Bongo race in Gabon. Here he finished fifth in the second stage, seventh in the fourth stage and sixth in the general classification.[1] In 2011 Bérard made his debut in one of the grand tours when he was called up for the 2011 Giro d'Italia. Without any serious race winning attempts Bérard managed to complete the prestigious stage race with finish in Milan and a 122nd place in the general classification of the race.[5] During the French national road cycling championship in Boulogne sur Mer Bérard finished in fourth position behind Sylvain Chavanel, Anthony Roux and Thomas Voeckler.[6] Later on he took a third spot in the Tour du Doubs to finish the 2011 season.[1]

Palmares[edit]

2008
2nd Overall Tour des Pays de Savoie
1st Overall Tour de la Creuse
1st Stage 2 Tour du Gévaudan
2009
10th Boucles du Sud Ardèche
1st Stage 3 Ronde de l'Isard
1st Grand Prix Saint-Etienne Loire
3rd Tour du Perigord - A Travers les Bastides
3rd Overall Mi-Aout-Bretonne
1st Stage 1 Tour de l'Avenir
2010
6th Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
8th Polynormande
2011
4th National Road Race Championships
3rd Tour du Doubs
2012
8th Route Adélie de Vitré
2013
10th Route Adélie
2014
4th Classic Loire Atlantique
10th Route Adélie

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro 123 110 WD 70
Yellow jersey Tour
red jersey Vuelta 94

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress

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