Pierre Rolland (cyclist)

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Pierre Rolland
Pierre Rolland CD 2011.jpg
Personal information
Full name Pierre Rolland
Born (1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 27)
Gien, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Team Europcar
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Amateur team(s)
2005
2006
Super Sport 35
Crédit Agricole (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2007–2008
2009–
Crédit Agricole
Bbox Bouygues Telecom
Major wins
Tour de France
Young rider classification (2011)
2 individual stages (2011, 2012)
Infobox last updated on
2 January 2014

Pierre Rolland (born 10 October 1986) is a French professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Team Europcar.[2]

Cycling career[edit]

Born in Gien, Rolland turned professional in 2007 for Crédit Agricole after riding for the team as a stagiaire in late 2006. In his first season as a professional he won stages at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo and the Tour du Limousin. In 2008 he won the Mountains classification at the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.[3] At the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Rolland competed in the road race but he did not finish. In 2010 he won a stage at the Circuit de Lorraine and finished eighth at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

During the 2011 Tour de France, Rolland gained acclaim for his strong work in defense of Thomas Voeckler's yellow jersey. Following the 14th stage of the Tour, Lance Armstrong referred to Rolland as a "rockstar."[4] Rolland won the 19th stage at the top of Alpe d'Huez, beating Olympic gold medalist Samuel Sánchez and two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador.[5] The victory also won him the white jersey, which he successfully defended in the 20th stage. He finished the Tour 10th in the general classification.

At the 2012 Tour de France, Rolland made a late attack which led to him winning stage 11, a mountain top finish up in La Toussuire/Les Sybelles.[6] He finished the Tour in eighth place in the general classification, his best career performance, and the highest position of any Frenchman that year.

At the 2014 Giro d'Italia, Rolland finished fourth in the general classification, his best finish in a grand tour.

Palmarès[edit]

2007
1st Stage 2 Tour du Limousin
2nd Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
1st Stage 1
2nd Tour du Doubs
8th Tro-Bro Léon
2008
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
6th Overall Circuit Cycliste Sarthe
8th Trophée des Grimpeurs
9th Paris-Camembert
9th Tour du Haut Var
2009
3rd Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
2010
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification Critérium International
2nd Overall, Circuit de Lorraine
1st Stage 4
5th Boucles de l'Aulne
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
9th Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan
2011
10th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 19[7]
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
5th Overall Circuit de Lorraine
6th Overall Tour de l'Ain
7th Les Boucles du Sud Ardèche
10th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
2012
4th Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 3
8th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 11
2013
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Stage 4
3rd Paris–Camembert
10th Overall Giro del Trentino
2014
11th Overall Tour de France
4th Overall Giro d'Italia

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro  —  —  —  —  — 4
Yellow jersey Tour 21 58 10 8 24 11
red jersey Vuelta  — WD  —  —  —

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pierre Rolland profile". 
  2. ^ "Team Europcar (EUC) – FRA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  3. ^ An interview with Pierre Rolland Cyclingnews.com, 17 June 2008
  4. ^ Voeckler A Tour De France Contender, Says Armstrong Cyclingnews.com, 16 July 2011
  5. ^ Pierre Rolland wins 19th stage of Tour de France Yahoo! News, 19 July 2011
  6. ^ "Wiggins and Froome fill top two places". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Tour De France: Stage 19, Route Maps & Results Cyclingnews.com, 22 July 2011

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