Frédéric Guesdon

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Frédéric Guesdon
Frédéric Guesdon - Tour de Suisse 2008.jpg
Personal information
Full name Frédéric Guesdon
Born (1971-10-14) October 14, 1971 (age 45)
Saint-Méen-le-Grand, France
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Classics specialist
Professional team(s)
1995 Le Groupement
1996 Team Polti
1997–2012 Française des Jeux
Managerial team(s)
2013– FDJ
Major wins
Paris–Roubaix (1997)
Paris–Tours (2006)

Frédéric Guesdon (born October 14, 1971) is a French former professional road bicycle racer who competed as a professional between 1995 and 2012, most notably for UCI ProTeam FDJ–BigMat,[1] spending 16 years of his career with the team.

Guesdon was born in Saint-Méen-le-Grand, Brittany. He turned professional in 1995 with the French Le Groupement team and moved on to the Polti team in 1996, where he scored eleventh place at Paris–Roubaix and third place at the French championship. Guesdon had his breakthrough year in 1997. Having signed with the new Française des Jeux team, he scored an early victory for the team in the prestigious spring monument Paris–Roubaix. Guesdon also took victories at the Classic Haribo and a stage in the Tour du Limousin. Guesdon had to wait until 2000 for his next major victory, a stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, a feat he repeated in 2002. Despite a complete lack of victories between this win and his next win, over three-and-a-half years later in the 2006 Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Guesdon remained loyal to Française des Jeux and Française des Jeux to him. This paid dividends when Guesdon won the 2006 UCI ProTour race Paris–Tours, his first ProTour victory and the first overall ProTour victory both for Française des Jeux since the inception of the competition in 2005.

He retired on 8 April 2012, after completing Paris–Roubaix.[2]

Major results[edit]

1997
1st, Paris–Roubaix
1st, Classic Haribo
1st, Stage 2, Tour du Limousin
1999
1st, Stage 3, Tour de l'Ain
2000
1st, Stage 1, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st, Stage 1, Giro della Provincia di Lucca
2001
1st, King of the Mountains classification, Tour Méditerranéen
2002
1st, Stage 5, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2004
2nd, GP d'Isbergues
2006
1st, Paris–Tours
2nd, Overall, La Tropicale Amissa Bongo Ondimba, Gabon (2.2, UCI Africa Tour)
1st, Prologue (ITT, Circuit dans Libreville)
3rd, GP d'Isbergues
2008
1st, Tro-Bro Léon

Tour de France record[edit]

  • 1996: 108th overall
  • 1997: 111th overall
  • 1998: 67th overall
  • 1999: 106th overall
  • 2000: 116th overall
  • 2001: 124th overall
  • 2004: 129th overall

Giro d'Italia record[edit]

  • 2003: DNF (Stage 18)

Vuelta a España record[edit]

  • 2005: DNF (Stage 11)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Casar and Guesdon head FDJ – Big Mat lineup in Santos Tour Down Under". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Brown, Gregor (8 April 2012). "Guesdon ends career with record-setting Roubaix". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. Retrieved 10 April 2012. 

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