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 Migraine. 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 2016[edit]

Wikidata-logo S.svg   Rider Date of birth  Previous team 
SWE Jonas Ahlstrand February 16, 1990 Giant-Shimano (2014)
FRA Yoann Bagot September 06, 1987
FRA Nacer Bouhanni July 25, 1990 (2014)
FRA Rayane Bouhanni February 24, 1996
SLO Borut Božič August 08, 1980 Astana (2015)
FRA Loïc Chetout September 23, 1992
FRA Jérôme Cousin June 05, 1989
FRA Nicolas Edet December 02, 1987
FRA Romain Hardy August 24, 1988
FRA Hugo Hofstetter February 13, 1994 CC Étupes (2015)
FRA Arnold Jeannesson January 15, 1986 FDJ (2015)
EST Gert Jõeäär July 09, 1987
FRA Christophe Laporte December 11, 1992
FRA Cyril Lemoine March 03, 1983
ESP Luis Ángel Maté March 23, 1984
FRA Rudy Molard September 17, 1989
ESP Daniel Navarro July 18, 1983
FRA Anthony Perez April 22, 1991
FRA Stéphane Rossetto April 06, 1987
FRA Florian Sénéchal July 10, 1993
FRA Julien Simon October 04, 1985
FRA Geoffrey Soupe March 22, 1988
FRA Anthony Turgis May 16, 1994
BEL Michael Van Staeyen August 13, 1988
BEL Kenneth Vanbilsen June 01, 1990
FRA Clément Venturini October 16, 1993

Major results[edit]

Main article: List of Cofidis wins

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

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