Éric Berthou

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Éric Berthou
Berthou 4JDD2011.JPG
Personal information
Full name Éric Berthou
Born (1980-01-23) 23 January 1980 (age 37)
Brest, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 75 kg (165 lb)
Team information
Current team Team Raleigh–GAC
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
2002 Jean Floc'h
Professional team(s)
2003 Barloworld
2004–2005 R.A.G.T. Semences–MG Rover
2006–2007 Caisse d'Epargne–Illes Balears
2008 Crédit Agricole
2009–2010 Carmiooro-Avionord
2011–2012 Bretagne–Schuller
2013 Team Raleigh

Éric Berthou (born 23 January 1980 in Brest, Brittany) is a French professional road bicycle racer.[1][2][3] Berthou started his career with Barloworld in 2003[4] before joining the French R.A.G.T. Semences–MG Rover team the following season, where he won a stage of Paris–Corrèze in 2004.[5] When R.A.G.T. Semences closed at the end of 2005, Berthou joined the Spanish ProTour squad Caisse d'Epargne–Illes Balears.[6]

In the spring of 2012, Berthou was in a solo breakaway in the Tro Bro Leon and observers thought he was in a good position to win until he faltered with fatigue during the last 10 kilometers, allowing Canadian Ryan Roth (SpiderTech–C10) to take the victory. Berthou finished 12th in that race, with the main chase group, 37 seconds behind the winner.[7]

Berthou will retire at the end of the 2013 season,[8] after eleven years as a professional, and will join the management team at his final professional outfit Team Raleigh.[9]


Ronde du Pays Basque
Paris–Corrèze, one stage
1st, Val d'Ille U Classic 35
1st Stage 2, Tour de Bretagne
3rd, Rutland–Melton International CiCLE Classic
10th, Grand Prix de la Ville de Lillers


  1. ^ 01/05/12 - Le Tour de Bretagne bascule à Dinan : Éric Berthou battu aux points face à Reinardt Janse van Rensburg
  2. ^ Photo May 2012 "Éric Berthou sur le podium, entre Christian Marquet, maire de Lannion, et Jean-Yves Le Drian, président de Région. Photo Bernard Charmentray."
  3. ^ CyclismActu "Dans le final, Éric Berthou a fait une bonification pour protéger la place de Romain Hardy"
  4. ^ Quénet, Jean-François (2002-11-30). "Eric Berthou joins Team Barloworld". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  5. ^ Quénet, Jean-François (2004-09-26). "Gilbert, Gerrans, De Kort and Berthou bring fresh air into cycling". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  6. ^ "RAGT Semences bows out". Cyclingnews.com. 2005-10-05. Retrieved 2007-01-08. 
  7. ^ Quénet, Jean-François (15 April 2012). "Roth wins Tro-Bro Leon". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Mignot, Alexandre (10 October 2013). "Eric Berthou met un terme à sa carrière pro" [Eric Berthou concludes his professional career]. Cyclism'Actu (in French). Swar Agency SPRLS. Retrieved 9 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Henrys, Colin (6 December 2013). "Tour de France legend Bernard Hinault becomes Team Raleigh patron". Roadcycling UK. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 

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