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Team Europcar
Team Europcar logo.svg
Team information
UCI code EUC
Based France
Founded 2000 (2000)
Discipline Road
Status UCI ProTeam
Bicycles Colnago
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Jean-René Bernaudeau
Team name history
2000–2002
2003–2004
2005–2008
2009–2010
2011–
Bonjour
Brioches La Boulangère
Bouygues Télécom
Bbox Bouygues Telecom
Team Europcar
Team Europcar jersey
Jersey
Current season

Team Europcar (UCI team code: EUC) is a professional road bicycle racing team that competes as a UCI ProTeam on the UCI World Tour. Its title sponsor, Europcar, is a Paris-based car rental company. In previous years, the team was known as Brioches La Boulangère, Bonjour, Bouygues Télécom, and Bbox Bouygues Telecom.

Beginnings[edit]

The team was founded in 1984 as System U. The team disbanded in 1985 but returned in 1986 under new management. Cyrille Guimard became the directeur sportif, bringing his protégé Laurent Fignon who nearly won the 1989 edition of the Tour de France. A change of sponsor in 1990 renamed the team Castorama.

In 1992 Guimard became manager of the team. In 1995, Jean-René Bernaudeau, a former professional racer, became director of the team. From 1996 to 1999, the team withdrew from top-level competition. Bernaudeau set up a development team in the Vendée region called Vendée U.

History[edit]

Thomas Voeckler time-trialing in the previous Bouygues Télécom uniform

In 2000, the team again became a professional team Bonjour, still under the control of the sporting director Bernaudeau. In 2003, the team became "Brioches La Boulangère", then "Bouygues Télécom" in 2005. The amateur team Vendée U still acts as feeder team for the professional team.

As Bonjour and Brioches La Boulangère the team gained prominence with promising young stars Fabrice Salanson, Thomas Voeckler and Sylvain Chavanel. Salanson's death due to heart disease in 2003 was a blow to the team. Voeckler wore the maillot jaune for 10 days in the 2004 Tour de France while also French national champion and became a national hero.

The team competes mainly in French races. Chavanel left the team in 2005 to join Cofidis.

On 29 September 2009 Bbox Bouygues Telecom along with Cofidis were not allowed to renew their ProTour licenses due to poor results.[1]

Team Bbox Bouygues Telecom becomes Team Europcar (2010–2011)[edit]

2011 Europcar team support vehicle convoy

In their first season post-relegation, the team made showings at some grand tours, winning several stages and holding various classification jerseys. They had particular success in the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France. However sponsorship questions and unmet desires to rejoin the top tier, continued to dog the team.

In late 2010, following a lengthy struggle to secure a sponsor for the 2011 season, Europcar was confirmed as the replacement, after assurances that then- French National Champion Thomas Voeckler would remain with the team,[2] but the guarantee of the team's future, so late that it necessitated an extension of the usual UCI deadline for licence application, was too late to retain the services of Pierrick Fédrigo and Nicolas Vogondy. Voeckler's contract is worth over 400,000 euros a year, second only to Sylvain Chavanel among French riders, although he had been offered nearly twice as much to leave Bernadeau's team and join Cofidis for the 2011 season.[3][4][5]

Following these sponsorship questions, the team had its best year to date in 2011, winning stages in Paris–Nice and the Criterium du Dauphine (in which they also took the team competition). In July, Thomas Voeckler won and held the overall lead in the Tour of France for 10 days; support rider Pierre Rolland received accolades for his defense of Voeckler,[6] and later took a stage victory on the famous Alpe D'Huez climb, leading to the race's overall white jersey title.[7] The team also fielded Yohann Gène, the first black rider in the Tour.[8] Europcar hoped that its new higher profile will allow it compete internationally in 2012 and sign more notable riders.[9]

2012 season[edit]

Team Europcar failed to achieve World Tour status for the second year. Nevertheless, the team showed strong early-season form, taking second at the renowned Paris-Roubaix with Sébastien Turgot, and then winning the next classic on the schedule, as Thomas Voeckler rode solo to victory for 30 kilometers at the Brabantse Pijl.[10][11][12] Following that result, the team continued their spring success with top-five showings from Voeckler in both Ardennes Week classics, the Amstel Gold and Liège–Bastogne–Liège.[13]

The squad sent to Gabon also enjoyed stage victories in late April from both Géne and Voeckler, while Anthony Charteau won the overall lead for the third year running;[14][15][16] and in Europe team sprinter Matteo Pelucchi took a stage in Dunkerque at the beginning of May.

In April the team received a wildcard invitation to the Tour de France, along with three other French-registered teams.[17] In the Tour, Europcar rider Voeckler won stages 10 and 16 and the King of the Mountains jersey, and Pierre Rolland won stage 11.

2013 season[edit]

Although negotiations with lead sponsor Europcar to extend their sponsorship beyond the end of the season have so far been unsuccessful,[18] the team began their season with strong showings in some early races, seeing Yohann Gène taking a stage as well as winning the overall classification at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, the team's fourth successive overall victory in Gabon.[19][20] The team later took three successive stage wins at the Étoile de Bessèges, with Bryan Coquard winning the second and fourth stages,[21][22] and Jérôme Cousin winning the third stage.[23] Coquard took two wins at the Tour de Langkawi, winning stages eight and nine. In the team's first World Tour appearance of the season, at Paris–Nice, Damien Gaudin achieved a victory in the race-opening prologue. Gaudin won the Cholet-Pays de Loire single-day race, later in March, while Anthony Charteau won the fourth stage of the Tour de Normandie. In April, Pierre Rolland won the penultimate stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe, en route to winning the race overall. Cyril Gautier won the Tour du Finistère from an eight-rider breakaway move, while Natnael Berhane won the queen stage of the Tour of Turkey, finishing the race second overall the first place on the General Classification was awarded to Berhane after an anti-doping rule violation.[24] Coquard's good performances saw him take the lead of the UCI Europe Tour, and continued his form into may, winning the second stage of the Tour de Picardie.

In June, David Veilleux soloed to an opening stage victory at the Critérium du Dauphiné, while Thomas Voeckler also won a stage at the race. Gène won the second stage of the Route du Sud, and Voeckler took the queen stage of the race the following day, going on to win the race overall. Veilleux continued his form into the Boucles de la Mayenne, winning the race overall. In August, Angelo Tulik achieved his first professional victory by winning the final stage of the inaugural Tour des Fjords. Coquard won his first one-day race, by winning the Châteauroux Classic to take the lead of the French Road Cycling Cup from FDJ.fr rider Anthony Geslin. Voeckler won the penultimate stage time trial of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes, to take the overall lead of the race. He maintained the lead until the end, to win the race for the second time.

Team roster[edit]

As of 1 January 2014.[25] view · edit · talk
Rider Date of birth
 Yukiya Arashiro (JPN) (1984-09-22)22 September 1984 (aged 29)
 Natnael Berhane (ERI) (1991-01-05)5 January 1991 (aged 22)
 Giovanni Bernaudeau (FRA) (1983-08-25)25 August 1983 (aged 30)
 Bryan Coquard (FRA) (1992-04-25)25 April 1992 (aged 21)
 Jérôme Cousin (FRA) (1989-06-05)5 June 1989 (aged 24)
 Dan Craven[27] (NAM) (1983-02-01)1 February 1983 (aged 30)
 Antoine Duchesne (CAN) (1991-09-12)12 September 1991 (aged 22)
 Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA) (1979-12-07)7 December 1979 (aged 34)
 Cyril Gautier (FRA) (1987-09-26)26 September 1987 (aged 26)
 Yohann Gène (FRA) (1981-06-25)25 June 1981 (aged 32)
 Romain Guillemois (FRA) (1991-03-28)28 March 1991 (aged 22)
 Tony Hurel (FRA) (1987-11-01)1 November 1987 (aged 26)
 Fabrice Jeandesboz (FRA) (1984-12-04)4 December 1984 (aged 29)
 Vincent Jérôme (FRA) (1984-11-26)26 November 1984 (aged 29)
 Christophe Kern (FRA) (1981-01-18)18 January 1981 (aged 32)
Rider Date of birth
 Morgan Lamoisson (FRA) (1988-09-07)7 September 1988 (aged 25)
 Davide Malacarne (ITA) (1987-07-11)11 July 1987 (aged 26)
 Yannick Martinez (FRA) (1988-05-04)4 May 1988 (aged 25)
 Maxime Méderel (FRA) (1980-09-19)19 September 1980 (aged 33)
 Bryan Nauleau (FRA) (1988-03-17)17 March 1988 (aged 25)
 Alexandre Pichot (FRA) (1983-01-06)6 January 1983 (aged 30)
 Perrig Quéméneur (FRA) (1984-04-26)26 April 1984 (aged 29)
 Kévin Reza (FRA) (1988-05-18)18 May 1988 (aged 25)
 Pierre Rolland (FRA) (1986-10-10)10 October 1986 (aged 27)
 Romain Sicard (FRA) (1988-01-01)1 January 1988 (aged 26)
 Björn Thurau (GER) (1988-07-23)23 July 1988 (aged 25)
 Angelo Tulik (FRA) (1990-12-02)2 December 1990 (aged 23)
 Thomas Voeckler (FRA) (1979-06-22)22 June 1979 (aged 34)


Major results[edit]

2011
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Anthony Charteau
1st Stages 2 & 5, Yohann Gène
1st Stage Etoile de Bessèges, Said Haddou
1st Stage 1 Tour Méditerranéen, Thomas Voeckler
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour du Haut Var, Thomas Voeckler
1st Stage 3 Tour of South Africa, Yohann Gène
1st Stages 4 & 8 Paris–Nice, Thomas Voeckler
1st GP Cholet, Thomas Voeckler
1st La Roue Tourangelle, David Veilleux
1st Tro-Bro Léon, Vincent Jérôme
1st Stage 2 Giro del Trentino, Thomas Voeckler
1st Jersey pink.svg Overall Four Days of Dunkirk, Thomas Voeckler
1st Stage 4, Thomas Voeckler
1st Stage 2 Circuit de Lorraine, Sébastien Chavanel
1st Stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné, Christophe Kern
1st Prologue Boucles de la Mayenne, Sébastien Turgot
1st Stage 2 Route du Sud, Anthony Charteau
1st  France Time Trial Championships, Christophe Kern
1st Stage 19 Tour de France, Pierre Rolland
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification in the Tour de France, Pierre Rolland
2012
1st Stage 3 Étoile de Bessèges, Pierre Rolland
1st Overall Tour de Normandie, Jérôme Cousin
1st Stage 2, Jérôme Cousin
1st Brabantse Pijl, Thomas Voeckler
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Anthony Charteau
1st Stages 1 & 5, Yohann Gène
1st Stage 3, Thomas Voeckler
1st Stage 5 Four Days of Dunkirk, Matteo Pelucchi
1st Stage 3 Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour, Jérôme Cousin
1st Stage 4 Rhône-Alpes Isère Tour, Angelo Tulik
1st Stage 3 Ronde de l'Oise, Matteo Pelucchi
1st Stages 10 & 16 Tour de France, Thomas Voeckler
1st Stage 11 Tour de France, Pierre Rolland
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification in the Tour de France, Thomas Voeckler
1st Polynormande, Tony Hurel
1st Overall Mi-Août Bretonne, David Veilleux
1st Stage 1, David Veilleux
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour du Limousin, Yukiya Arashiro
1st Tre Valli Varesine, David Veilleux
2013
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Yohann Gène
1st Stage 6, Yohann Gène
1st Stages 2 & 4 Étoile de Bessèges, Bryan Coquard
1st Stage 3 Étoile de Bessèges, Jérôme Cousin
1st Stages 8 & 9 Tour de Langkawi, Bryan Coquard
1st Prologue Paris–Nice, Damien Gaudin
1st Cholet-Pays de Loire, Damien Gaudin
1st Stage 4 Tour de Normandie, Anthony Charteau
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Circuit de la Sarthe, Pierre Rolland
1st Stage 4, Pierre Rolland
1st Tour du Finistère, Cyril Gautier
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Turkey, Natnael Berhane
1st Stage 3, Natnael Berhane
1st Stage 2 Tour de Picardie, Bryan Coquard
1st Stage 1 Critérium du Dauphiné, David Veilleux
1st Stage 6 Critérium du Dauphiné, Thomas Voeckler
1st Jersey orange.svg Overall Route du Sud, Thomas Voeckler
1st Stage 2, Yohann Gène
1st Stage 3, Thomas Voeckler
1st Overall Boucles de la Mayenne, David Veilleux
1st  Japan Road Race Championships, Yukiya Arashiro
1st Stage 4 Tour des Fjords, Angelo Tulik
1st Châteauroux Classic, Bryan Coquard
1st Jersey white.svg Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes, Thomas Voeckler
1st Stage 4 (ITT), Thomas Voeckler
2014
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Natnael Berhane
1st Stages 3 & 4 Étoile de Bessèges, Bryan Coquard
1st Route Adélie, Bryan Coquard
1st Paris–Camembert, Bryan Coquard
1st La Roue Tourangelle, Angelo Tulik
1st Stage 5 Four Days of Dunkirk, Jimmy Engoulvent
1st Stage 1 Tour de Picardie, Bryan Coquard
1st  Eritrea Time Trial Championships, Natnael Berhane
1st Stage 2 Tour de Limousin, Cyril Gautier

National Champions[edit]

2001
1st MaillotFra.PNG France Road Race Championships, Didier Rous
2003
1st MaillotFra.PNG France Road Race Championships, Didier Rous
2004
1st MaillotFra.PNG France Road Race Championships, Thomas Voeckler
2005
1st MaillotFra.PNG France Road Race Championships, Pierrick Fédrigo
2006
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG Netherlands Time Trial Championships, Stef Clement
2007
1st MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonia Road Race Championship, Erki Pütsep
1st MaillotHolanda.PNG Netherlands Time Trial Championship, Stef Clement
2010
1st MaillotFra.PNG France Road Race Championships, Thomas Voeckler
1st MaillotFra.PNG France Time Trial Championships, Nicolas Vogondy
2011
1st MaillotFra.PNG France Time Trial Championships, Christophe Kern
2013
1st MaillotJapón.PNG Japan Road Race Championships, Yukiya Arashiro
2014
1st MaillotEritrea2.jpg Eritrea Time Trial Championships, Natnael Berhane

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