Groupama–FDJ

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Groupama–FDJ
FDJ (cycling team) logo.png
Team information
UCI codeGFC
RegisteredFrance
Founded1997 (1997)
DisciplineRoad
StatusUCI WorldTeam
BicyclesLapierre
ComponentsShimano
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerMarc Madiot
Team name history
1997–2002
2003–2004
2005–2010[N 1]
2010–2011[N 2]
2012
2013[N 3]
2013–2014[N 4]
2015–2018
2018–
La Française des Jeux
FDJeux.com
La Française des Jeux
FDJ
FDJ–BigMat
FDJ
FDJ.fr
FDJ[1]
Groupama–FDJ
Groupama–FDJ jersey
Jersey
Current season
Lövkvist signing in at Tarbes during the 2006 Tour de France

Groupama–FDJ[2] (UCI team code: GFC) is a French cycling team at UCI WorldTeam level. The team is managed by Marc Madiot, a former road bicycle racer and winner of the Paris–Roubaix classic in 1985 and 1991. The team is predominantly French.

History[edit]

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 and won the UCI Road World Cup - 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]

Sponsorship[edit]

The team has been sponsored by Française des Jeux (lottery) since its founding in 1997. Française des Jeux, the French national lottery, 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. At the end of 2017, the team announced that they secured a sponsorship deal with French insurance group Groupama for the 2018 season, becoming Groupama–FDJ, contributing investment that increased the team’s budget from €16 million to €20 million for next season.[7]

Doping[edit]

In February 2019, Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung broke news that a number of professional cyclists had been implicated in the doping scandal uncovered at the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Georg Preidler confessed to having his blood extracted for a possible transfusion. On 3 March, Preidler confessed to Austrian police, whilst also terminating his contract with the team via email. Preidler was due to race during the previous weekend, later admitting to having his blood drawn on two occasions late in 2018. The team then contacted the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the French Anti-Doping Agency (French: Agence française de lutte contre le dopage) and the Mouvement pour un cyclisme crédible (MPCC; English: Movement for Credible Cycling).[8][9]

Team roster[edit]

As of 7 July 2019.[8][10][11]
Rider Date of birth
 Bruno Armirail (FRA) (1994-04-11) 11 April 1994 (age 25)
 William Bonnet (FRA) (1982-06-25) 25 June 1982 (age 37)
 Mickaël Delage (FRA) (1985-08-06) 6 August 1985 (age 34)
 Arnaud Démare (FRA) (1991-08-26) 26 August 1991 (age 28)
 Antoine Duchesne (CAN) (1991-09-12) 12 September 1991 (age 28)
 Kilian Frankiny (SUI) (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 25)
 David Gaudu (FRA) (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 23)
 Kévin Geniets (LUX) (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997 (age 22)
 Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) (1987-08-14) 14 August 1987 (age 32)
 Daniel Hoelgaard (NOR) (1993-07-01) 1 July 1993 (age 26)
 Ignatas Konovalovas (LIT) (1985-12-08) 8 December 1985 (age 33)
 Stefan Küng (SUI) (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 25)
 Mathieu Ladagnous (FRA) (1984-12-12) 12 December 1984 (age 34)
 Olivier Le Gac (FRA) (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 26)
Rider Date of birth
 Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 28)
 Valentin Madouas (FRA) (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 (age 23)
 Rudy Molard (FRA) (1989-09-17) 17 September 1989 (age 30)
 Steve Morabito (SUI) (1983-01-30) 30 January 1983 (age 36)
 Thibaut Pinot (FRA) (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 29)
 Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI) (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 30)
 Anthony Roux (FRA) (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 32)
 Marc Sarreau (FRA) (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 26)
 Miles Scotson (AUS) (1994-01-18) 18 January 1994 (age 25)
 Romain Seigle (FRA) (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 25)
 Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) (1989-02-09) 9 February 1989 (age 30)
 Benjamin Thomas (FRA) (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 24)
 Benoît Vaugrenard (FRA) (1982-01-05) 5 January 1982 (age 37)
 Léo Vincent (FRA) (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 23)

Major wins[edit]

Continental & National champions[edit]

1998
MaillotFra.PNG French Cyclo-cross Christophe Mengin
2002
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Nicolas Vogondy
2004
MaillotAustralia.PNG Australian Road Race Matthew Wilson
MaillotSuecia.PNG Swedish Time Trial Thomas Löfkvist
MaillotFra.PNG French Track (Individual pursuit) Nicolas Vogondy
2005
MaillotFra.PNG French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
MaillotFra.PNG French Track (Team pursuit) Nicolas Vogondy
2006
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 Track (Team pursuit) Mathieu Ladagnous
MaillotFra.PNG French Track (Team pursuit) Mickael Delage
2007
MaillotFra.PNG French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial Benoît Vaugrenard
2008
MaillotFra.PNG French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarusian Road Race Yauheni Hutarovich
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
2009
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarusian Road Race Yauheni Hutarovich
2010
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
2011
MaillotFra.PNG French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
MaillotFra.PNG French Track (Individual pursuit) Mathieu Ladagnous
Jersey rainbow.svg U23 World Road Race, Arnaud Demare
2012
MaillotBielorrusia.PNG Belarusian Road Race Yauheni Hutarovich
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Nacer Bouhanni
2013
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
MaillotFra.PNG French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Arthur Vichot
2014
MaillotFin.PNG Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
MaillotFra.PNG French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Arnaud Démare
2016
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Arthur Vichot
MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial Thibaut Pinot
MaillotLituania.PNG Lithuanian Time Trial Ignatas Konovalovas
2017
MaillotSuecia.PNG Swedish Time Trial Tobias Ludvigsson
MaillotLituania.PNG Lithuanian Time Trial Ignatas Konovalovas
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Arnaud Démare
MaillotLituania.PNG Lithuanian Road Race Ignatas Konovalovas
2018
MaillotSuecia.PNG Swedish Time Trial Tobias Ludvigsson
MaillotCan.PNG Canadian Road Race Antoine Duchesne
MaillotAustria.PNG Austrian Time Trial Georg Preidler
MaillotSuiza.PNG Swiss Road Race Steve Morabito
MaillotFra.PNG French Road Race Anthony Roux
MaillotFra.PNG French U23 Time Trial Alexys Brunel
2019
MaillotSuiza.PNG Swiss Time Trial Stefan Küng
MaillotFra.PNG French Time Trial Benjamin Thomas
MaillotLuxemburgo.PNG Luxembourg U23 Time Trial Kevin Geniets
MaillotSuiza.PNG Swiss Road Race Sébastien Reichenbach
MaillotSuecia.PNG Swedish Time Trial Tobias Ludvigsson
EuropeanChampionJersey(2016).png European Track (Omnium) Benjamin Thomas

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 2005–June 2010
  2. ^ July 2010–2011
  3. ^ Jan–June 2013
  4. ^ June 2013–2014

References[edit]

  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.
  7. ^ Robertshaw, Henry (6 December 2017). "FDJ team to become Groupama-FDJ in 2018 season, with big budget increase". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Preidler admits to blood extraction as doping investigation widens". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Madiot expresses 'surprise' and 'enormous disappointment' at Preidler doping confession". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Kévin Geniets intègre la World Tour" [Kévin Geniets joins the World Tour]. Groupama–FDJ (in French). Française des Jeux. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Groupama-FDJ confirm 28 riders for 2019". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.

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