Jean-Christophe Péraud

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Jean-Christophe Péraud
Tour de l'Ain 2014 - Stage 1 - Jean-Christophe Péraud.jpg
Peraud at the 2014 Tour de l'Ain
Personal information
Full name Jean-Christophe Péraud
Born (1977-05-22) 22 May 1977 (age 39)
Toulouse, France
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb; 9.8 st)
Team information
Discipline Mountain bike and Road
Role Rider
Amateur team(s)
1999–2005 SCO Dijon
2006–2009 Creusot Cycling
Professional team(s)
2010 Omega Pharma–Lotto
2011–2016 Ag2r–La Mondiale
Major wins
Stage races
Critérium International (2014, 2015)
Single-day races
National Time Trial Championship (2009)

Jean-Christophe Péraud (born 22 May 1977) is a retired French cyclist who rode for AG2R La Mondiale. He was a member of the French team at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.


Competing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing he won the silver medal in the cross-country race.[1] In June 2009 he became the surprise winner of the French National Time Trial Championship.[2] This led to him being signed by UCI ProTour team Omega Pharma–Lotto for the 2010 season, to increase its time-trialing presence in stage races.

Péraud currently rides for AG2R La Mondiale with whom he achieved 6th place overall at the 2011 Criterium International and ninth place overall in that year's Tour de France. He crashed out in the final week of the 2013 Tour de France during the time trial, falling in a slippery late-apex corner, in the same spot his family had gathered to cheer him on, with less than two kilometers to go, riding with a non-displaced fractured collarbone sustained in a prior crash the very same morning. Péraud had again been placed ninth on the general classification before the incident. According to, Péraud responded in a composed manner concerning the incident:[3]

"I didn't feel that I was taking too many risks, I was descending as I know how but I was surprised by the corner. It's part of sport. I'm okay and it's only a broken collarbone. It will be a relief to get home, and we'll think about my next objective when my body recovers.”

In 2014, Péraud won the Critérium International in March. He also recorded top-five finishes in the Tirreno-Adriatico, Volta ao Algarve, and Tour of the Basque Country.[4] Péraud followed this up with a strong performance in the 2014 Tour de France, where he finished in second place in the final general classification, behind Vincenzo Nibali and ahead of Thibaut Pinot. He and Pinot became the first Frenchmen to finish in the top three overall in the Tour de France since Richard Virenque finished as runner-up overall in 1997. It was the first time in 30 years that two Frenchmen finished in the top three overall in the Tour de France - Laurent Fignon (winner) and Bernard Hinault (runner-up) finished in the top two overall in 1984.[5]

In 2015, Péraud repeated his victory on the 2.HC Critérium International by winning the last stage finishing atop the Col de l'Ospedale. He won the general classification with a gap of ten seconds to fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot. “At the start, I thought that I would help [teammate] Alexis Vuillermoz. But I attacked and I found myself alone,” said Péraud. “This victory is important after hard times and two surgeries this winter.”[6]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

1st MaillotFra.PNG National Time Trial Championships
2nd Chrono des Herbiers
4th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
9th Overall Paris–Nice
2nd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
4th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
6th Overall Paris–Nice
6th Overall Critérium International
7th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
7th Overall Tour of Beijing
8th Overall Tour de l'Ain
9th Overall Tour de France
10th Tour du Doubs
4th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
7th Overall Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco
2nd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 4
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
5th Overall Critérium International
6th Overall Tour de Romandie
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Critérium International
2nd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 5
2nd Overall Tour de France
3rd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
5th Overall Tour de l'Ain[7]
9th UCI World Tour
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Critérium International
1st Stage 3
9th Overall Giro del Trentino

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France 9 44 DNF 2 61
A red jersey Vuelta a España 39 13
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Other major stage races[edit]

Race 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Paris–Nice 8 6 90 3 DNF
Tirreno–Adriatico 4 24
Volta a Catalunya
Tour of the Basque Country 4 60 4 17 3 16
Tour de Romandie DNF 40 96 6 32 31
Critérium du Dauphiné DNS 7 68 37 31
Tour de Suisse 13 56


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