Cofidis (cycling team)

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Cofidis Solutions Crédits
Cofidis Solutions Crédits logo.png
Team information
UCI code COF
Registered France
Founded 1997 (1997)
Discipline Road
Status UCI Professional Continental
Bicycles Orbea
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Yvon Sanquer
Team name history
1997– Cofidis
Cofidis (cycling team) jersey
Current season

Cofidis Solutions Crédits (UCI team code: COF) is a French professional road bicycle racing team sponsored by a money-lending company, Cofidis. It was started in 1996 by Cyrille Guimard the former manager of Bernard Hinault, Greg LeMond and Laurent Fignon of the Renault-Elf-Gitane team of the 1980s. The team's sponsor has supported the team despite repeated problems such as doping scandals. After it was part of the UCI ProTour for the ProTour's first five seasons, from 2010 on the team competes as a UCI Professional Continental team.


Cyrille Guimard started the team in 1996 with backing from François Migraine, the chief executive of Cofidis. An acquisition was Lance Armstrong, formerly of Motorola Cycling Team. Armstrong was dropped[1] because of his cancer and another American, Bobby Julich, became leader for stage races. Julich's place in the top three of the 1998 Tour de France brought the team to the spotlight, and Frank Vandenbroucke brought further results in classics. That year, Cofidis won the team classification in the Tour.

Years of drought followed as Julich and Vandenbroucke left the team. Vandenbroucke's Belgian compatriots, Nico Mattan, Chris Peers, Peter Farazijn, and Jo Planckaert, stayed on but were criticised for inconsistent performances. Cofidis, on the demand of Migraine, began paying riders by results, judged by the points they won in a season-long competition run by the Union Cycliste Internationale. Belgian riders criticised the policy, saying it would lead riders to ride conservatively to be sure of good placings at the finish. They debated the issue publicly with the manager, Alain Bondue, and left.

Cofidis rider Alexandre Usov, of Belarus, in the 2009 Cofidis racing kit at the 2009 Tour Down Under

David Millar raised the team's profile by winning the prologue of the 2000 Tour de France, taking leadership of the team. Millar criticized the points system and the team relented.

In 2004 Cofidis had three world champions – Igor Astarloa on the road, David Millar in the individual time trial and Laurent Gané on the track. However, a doping scandal involving Millar and other riders led them to stop racing until it was resolved. Astarloa left the team. The investigation decided that doping was by individual riders and that the team was not involved. However, David Millar has since suggested otherwise, in a strongly worded interview with the BBC.[2] The team then returned to competition for the 2004 Tour de France, in which Stuart O'Grady and David Moncoutié won stages, Moncoutié's on Bastille Day .

Moncoutié won on Bastille day again in the 2005 Tour de France – the only French stage win – with O'Grady's help. However, a new signing, Sylvain Chavanel failed to win a stage or to make a strong impression .

O'Grady and Matthew White left in 2006. Cédric Vasseur – often the road captain – also left. An early victory in Classic Haribo by Arnaud Coyot showed the team still had firepower. Cofidis won the first stage of the 2006 Tour de France with Jimmy Casper, in a chaotic sprint.

For 2007 the team signed Belgians Nick Nuyens and Kevin De Weert from Quick Step-Innergetic.

On 25 July 2007 Cofidis rider Christian Moreni failed his doping test after the 11th stage of the Tour de France. His blood contained traces of testosterone. Moreni acknowledged doping. The team withdrew from the Tour.[3]

On 29 September 2009, the UCI ProTour decided not to renew the ProTour licenses of Cofidis and Bbox Bouygues Telecom, due to poor results. [4]

In 2012, the team received a wildcard invitation to the Tour de France, along with three other French-registered teams.[5]

On 10 July 2012, the first rest day in the 2012 Tour de France, French police raided the Cofidis team hotel, arresting French rider Remy Di Gregorio[6] on suspicion of doping.[7]

2013 Paris - Roubaix, Forest of Arenberg

For the 2015 season the team announced it had signed 2014 Giro d'Italia points classification winner, Nacer Bouhanni, along with Dominique Rollin, Geoffrey Soupe and Steve Chainel.[8]

Team roster[edit]

Rider Date of birth
 Yoann Bagot (FRA) (1987-09-06) 6 September 1987 (age 30)
 Guillaume Bonnafond (FRA) (1987-06-23) 23 June 1987 (age 30)
 Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 27)
 Rayane Bouhanni (FRA) (1996-02-24) 24 February 1996 (age 21)
 Loïc Chetout (FRA) (1992-09-23) 23 September 1992 (age 25)
 Dimitri Claeys (BEL) (1987-06-18) 18 June 1987 (age 30)
 Jérôme Cousin (FRA) (1989-06-05) 5 June 1989 (age 28)
 Nicolas Edet (FRA) (1987-12-02) 2 December 1987 (age 29)
 Dorian Godon (FRA) (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996 (age 21)
 Hugo Hofstetter (FRA) (1994-02-13) 13 February 1994 (age 23)
 Christophe Laporte (FRA) (1992-12-11) 11 December 1992 (age 24)
 Mathias Le Turnier (FRA) (1995-03-14) 14 March 1995 (age 22)
 Cyril Lemoine (FRA) (1983-03-03) 3 March 1983 (age 34)
Rider Date of birth
 Luis Ángel Maté (ESP) (1984-03-23) 23 March 1984 (age 33)
 Daniel Navarro (ESP) (1983-07-08) 8 July 1983 (age 34)
 Anthony Perez (FRA) (1991-04-22) 22 April 1991 (age 26)
 Stéphane Rossetto (FRA) (1987-04-06) 6 April 1987 (age 30)
 Florian Sénéchal (FRA) (1993-07-10) 10 July 1993 (age 24)
 Julien Simon (FRA) (1985-10-04) 4 October 1985 (age 31)
 Geoffrey Soupe (FRA) (1988-03-22) 22 March 1988 (age 29)
 Anthony Turgis (FRA) (1994-05-16) 16 May 1994 (age 23)
 Jimmy Turgis (FRA) (1991-08-10) 10 August 1991 (age 26)
 Jonas van Genechten (BEL) (1986-09-16) 16 September 1986 (age 31)
 Michael Van Staeyen (BEL) (1988-08-13) 13 August 1988 (age 29)
 Kenneth Vanbilsen (BEL) (1990-06-01) 1 June 1990 (age 27)
 Clément Venturini (FRA) (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 23)

Major wins[edit]

National champions[edit]

MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG Luxembourgish Time Trial, Stève Fogen
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Janek Tombak
MaillotAustralia.PNG Australian Road Race, Stuart O'Grady
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Janek Tombak
MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial, Sylvain Chavanel
MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial, Sylvain Chavanel
MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial, Sylvain Chavanel
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Rein Taaramäe
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Rein Taaramäe
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Kalle Kriit
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Rein Taaramäe
MaillotLetonia.PNG Latvian Road Race, Aleksejs Saramotins
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Rein Taaramäe
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Rein Taaramäe
MaillotFra.PNG French U23 Cyclo-cross, Clément Venturini
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Gert Jõeäär
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Gert Jõeäär
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Road Race, Gert Jõeäär
MaillotEstonia.PNG Estonian Time Trial, Gert Jõeäär

See also[edit]


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