FDJ (cycling team)

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Team information
UCI code FDJ
Registered France
Founded 1997 (1997)
Discipline Road
Status UCI WorldTeam
Bicycles Lapierre
Components Shimano
Website Team home page
Key personnel
General manager Marc Madiot
Team name history
2005–June 2010
July 2010–2011
Jan–June 2013
June 2013–2014
La Française des Jeux
La Française des Jeux
FDJ (cycling team) jersey
Current season
Lövkvist signing in at Tarbes during the 2006 Tour de France

FDJ[2] (UCI team code: FDJ) is a French cycling team, named for its title sponsor, the French national lottery. The team is managed by Marc Madiot, a former road bicycle racer and a former winner of the Paris–Roubaix classic. The team is predominantly French.


The team was founded on the initiative of Marc Madiot after he retired from racing in 1994 following a leg-breaking crash in that year's edition of Paris–Roubaix. After a period in the mid-1990s when the professional cycling scene in France was contracting - resulting in the 1996 French National Road Race Championships elite race being held on a pro–am basis due to the reduced number of professional riders - by the time of the team's launch in 1997 they faced competition for riders in France from fellow newcomers Cofidis as well as the expanding Casino team and the already established GAN outfit. The team's initial lineup included younger French riders such as teenagers Nicolas Vogondy and Damien Nazon as well as more experienced foreign racers like Davide Rebellin, Mauro Gianetti, Max Sciandri and Andrea Peron. The inaugural squad also included the reigning French national champions in road racing, time trialling and cyclo-cross - Stéphane Heulot, Eddy Seigneur and Christophe Mengin respectively.[3]

In their first season the team only took a total of 13 wins - however these included several high profile victories such as Frédéric Guesdon's triumph at Paris–Roubaix, a stage win for Mengin at the Tour de France and victories for Rebellin at the Clásica de San Sebastián and Züri-Metzgete.[3]

In the 2003 edition of Tour de France, Australian individual time trial specialist Bradley McGee won the prologue stage to wear the yellow jersey for a few days. McGee was also able to win the prologue of the following year's Giro d'Italia, wore the pink jersey for three days and finished the race in the top ten (finishing eighth). Sprinter Baden Cooke won the green jersey for the points competition.

On 31 October 2012, it emerged that BigMat would no longer sponsor the team, with the team choosing to focus on finding another co-sponsor for the 2014 season.[4]


The team has been sponsored by Française des Jeux since its founding in 1997. Française des Jeux owns a majority of shares in the team, and the team is based in a warehouse owned by Française des Jeux on the outskirts of Paris: according to Madiot the team and the sponsor have a close working relationship.[3] The team was named FDJeux.com in 2003 and 2004, then renamed Française des Jeux, supposedly to avoid bad luck, until July 2010, when the name was simplified to its initials. Prior to the 2012 season, French building merchants BigMat joined the team as co-sponsors, becoming FDJ–BigMat, contributing €2 million to the team.[5][6] Following the departure of BigMat, the team renamed itself FDJ.fr.

Team roster[edit]

Rider Date of birth
 William Bonnet (FRA) (1982-06-25) 25 June 1982 (age 34)
 Davide Cimolai (ITA) (1989-08-13) 13 August 1989 (age 27)
 Arnaud Courteille (FRA) (1989-03-13) 13 March 1989 (age 28)
 Mickaël Delage (FRA) (1985-08-06) 6 August 1985 (age 31)
 Arnaud Démare (FRA) (1991-08-26) 26 August 1991 (age 25)
 Odd Christian Eiking (NOR) (1994-12-28) 28 December 1994 (age 22)
 Marc Fournier (FRA) (1994-11-12) 12 November 1994 (age 22)
 David Gaudu (FRA) (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 20)
 Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) (1987-08-14) 14 August 1987 (age 29)
 Daniel Hoelgaard (NOR) (1993-07-01) 1 July 1993 (age 23)
 Ignatas Konovalovas (LIT) (1985-12-08) 8 December 1985 (age 31)
 Mathieu Ladagnous (FRA) (1984-12-12) 12 December 1984 (age 32)
 Johan Le Bon (FRA) (1990-10-03) 3 October 1990 (age 26)
 Olivier Le Gac (FRA) (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 23)
 Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 26)
Rider Date of birth
 Jérémy Maison (FRA) (1993-07-21) 21 July 1993 (age 23)
 Lorrenzo Manzin (FRA) (1994-07-26) 26 July 1994 (age 22)
 Rudy Molard (FRA) (1989-09-17) 17 September 1989 (age 27)
 Steve Morabito (SUI) (1983-01-30) 30 January 1983 (age 34)
 Cédric Pineau (FRA) (1985-05-08) 8 May 1985 (age 32)
 Thibaut Pinot (FRA) (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 26)
 Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI) (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 27)
 Kévin Reza (FRA) (1988-05-18) 18 May 1988 (age 29)
 Anthony Roux (FRA) (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 30)
 Jérémy Roy (FRA) (1983-06-22) 22 June 1983 (age 33)
 Marc Sarreau (FRA) (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 23)
 Benoît Vaugrenard (FRA) (1982-01-05) 5 January 1982 (age 35)
 Arthur Vichot (FRA) (1988-11-26) 26 November 1988 (age 28)
 Léo Vincent (FRA) (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 21)

Major results[edit]

National champions[edit]

MaillotAustralia.PNG Australian Road Race Matthew Wilson
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Cyclo-cross Jussi Veikkanen
MaillotSuecia.PNG Swedish Time Trial Gustav Larsson
MaillotSuecia.PNG Swedish Road Race Thomas Löfkvist
MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial Benoît Vaugrenard
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarusian Road Race Yauheni Hutarovich
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarusian Road Race Yauheni Hutarovich
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarusian Road Race Yauheni Hutarovich
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Nacer Bouhanni
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
MaillotFra.PNG French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Arthur Vichot
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
MaillotFra.PNG French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Arnaud Démare
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Arthur Vichot
MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial Thibaut Pinot
MaillotLituania.PNG Lithuanian Time Trial Ignatas Konovalovas


  1. ^ Stephen Farrand. "FDJ reveal new 2015 team colours". Cyclingnews.com. 
  2. ^ "Communiqué de Presse" [Press communication]. FDJ.fr (in French). Société de Gestion de L'Echappée. 24 June 2013. Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c Quénet, Jean-François (2 March 2017). "20 years of FDJ: Marc Madiot looks back on the 'fairy tale'". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "BigMat pulls out of FDJ as co-sponsor". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Atkins, Ben (23 November 2011). "BigMat joins FDJ as name sponsor in 2012". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  6. ^ "BigMat joins FDJ as co-sponsor in 2012". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 

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