Christophe Agnolutto

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Christophe Agnolutto
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Personal information
Full name Christophe Agnolutto
Born (1969-12-06) December 6, 1969 (age 45)
Soisy-sous-Montmorency, France
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Major wins
1 stage 2000 Tour de France
Infobox last updated on
July 30, 2008

Christophe Agnolutto (born 6 December 1969, Soisy-sous-Montmorency, Val-d'Oise[1]) is a professional road bicycle racer from France.

Agnolutto was a commercial artist when, as an amateur in 1995, he won Bordeaux-Saintes and the GP Nord-Pas de Calais and came third in the national championship. He rode successively for the CSM Puteaux, the US Créteil and the ASPPT[2] Paris. He dedicated himself to cycling when he met his wife, Mélanie, when he was 23.[1] He turned professional the following year for Petit Casino, sponsored by a supermarket chain. He stayed with the team and its directeur sportif, Vincent Lavenu, through changes of sponsors.[1] He said: "I didn't exactly have a lot of other offers."[1]

Then he left for Agritubel. He said:

Agnolutto won the 1997 Tour de Suisse after breaking clear on the second stage. The favourites didn't take up the chase and couldn't make up Agnolutto's lead afterwards. He said in 2001:

That win was stage seven of the 2000 Tour de France, taken in an early breakaway. It was France's first win in the Tour for two years, since Jacky Durand in 1998. He told his team-mates that morning what he planned to do and attacked three times at the start of the stage. On the third attempt he cleared the front of the race alone. He rode alone in the rain for 80 km of the 127 km from Tours to Limoges, getting up to 8m 20s lead.

Agnolutto rode the Tour five times and won nine races as a professional before retiring at the end of 2006.[6]

Retirement[edit]

Agnulotto lives in Pau and coaches the UN Pau Béarn. He studied for a Brevet d'État to open a school of sport and business and organises training camps for cyclists.[7] He runs a cycle shop[8] at Salies-de-Béarn[9] and helps organise a bike ride named after him.

Tour de France[edit]

  • 1997 - 94th
  • 1998 - 31st
  • 2000 - 66th, winner 7th stage
  • 2001 - 120th
  • 2002 - 144th

Major achievements[edit]

1996 – Petit Casino

First year as a professional

1997 – Casino
Overall and Stage 2 – Tour de Suisse (2.1)
A Travers le Morbihan (1.2)
97th overall – Tour de France
1998 – Casino
Stage 6 – Tour de Romandie (2.HC)
31st overall – Tour de France
1999 – Casino
King of the MountainsTour de Luxembourg (2.2)
2000 – Ag2r Prévoyance
Stage 7 win and 66th overall – Tour de France (2.HC)
2001 – Ag2r Decathlon
120th overall – Tour de France
2002 – Ag2r Prévoyance
144th overall – Tour de France
2003 – Ag2r Prévoyance
2004 – Ag2r Prévoyance
3rd overall – Tour de Wallonie (2.3)
2005 – Agritubel
Stage 1 – Tour du Poitou Charentes de la Vienne (2.1)
2006 – Agritubel

Retired at end of season

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d L'Équipe, France, 8 July 2000, p3
  2. ^ A chain of sports clubs linked to the post office.
  3. ^ Velo Club, le Dimanche 05 décembre 2004, L'interview de Christophe Agnolutto
  4. ^ Yesr of the Festina doping scandal
  5. ^ "Je me vois bien continuer jusqu'à 40 ans!", unidentified cutting, 2001
  6. ^ http://www.velonews.com/race/int/articles/10090.0.html Agnolutto retires
  7. ^ http://www.velo101.com/actualite/default.asp?Id=14198
  8. ^ http://www.cyclosport.com/article.php3?id_article=2265
  9. ^ http://www.societe.com/societe/agnolutto-bien-etre-sport-502372253.html