Jean de Gribaldy

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Jean de Gribaldy
Jean de Gribaldy à Besançon, septembre 1980.jpg
Jean de Gribaldy, Besançon, September 1980
Personal information
Full name Jean de Gribaldy
Nickname Le Vicomte
Born 18 July 1922
Besançon, France
Died 2 January 1987(1987-01-02) (aged 64)
Voray-sur-l'Ognon, France
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider/Team leader
Rider type Climber
Professional team(s)
1945–1949 Peugeot - Dunlop
1950 Mervil
1951–1954 Terrot
Managerial team(s)
1964 Grammont - de Gribaldy
1965 Grammont - Motoconfort / Tigra - Meltina - de Gribaldy / Wolhauser Sirops Berger
1966 Tigra - Meltina - de Gribaldy
1967 Tigra - Grammont / Tigra - Enicar
1968 Frimatic - Viva - de Gribaldy/Tigra - Enicar
1969 Frimatic - Viva - de Gribaldy
1969 Frimatic - Viva - de Gribaldy - Wolber (Tour de France)
1970 Wolhauser - Ravis - de Gribaldy
1970 Frimatic - de Gribaldy
1971 Hoover - de Gribaldy
1972 Van Cauter - Magniflex - de Gribaldy
1975 Miko - de Gribaldy
1976 Miko - de Gribaldy - Superia
1977 Velda - Latina Assicurazioni - Flandria
1978 Velda - Lano-Flandria
1979 Flandria - CA VA SEUL
1980 Puch - Sem - Campagnolo
1981 Sem - France Loire - Campagnolo
1982 Sem - France Loire - Campagnolo
1983 Sem- France Loire - Mavic - Reydel
1984 Skil - Sem - Mavic - Reydel
1985 Skil - Reydel - Sem
1986 Kas - Mavic - Tag Heuer

Jean de Gribaldy (18 July 1922 – 2 January 1987) was a French road cyclist and directeur sportif. He rode in the 1947 and 1948 Tour de France.[1][2]


Born in Besançon, former professional racing cyclist from 1945 to 1954, Jean de Gribaldy began a successful career as a directeur sportif in the mid-1960s .

Called le Vicomte ("the Viscount"), he discovered Sean Kelly, Joaquim Agostinho and Éric Caritoux. He gave a second chance to many riders dropped by other teams. Most saw their career take a new dimension under Jean de Gribaldy.

A street in Besançon, city in which he was a shopkeeper, has been named Montée Jean de Gribaldy since 1994. Each year, a Jean de Gribaldy cycling race is organized in Besançon, (Doubs département).

Sean Kelly about Jean de Gribaldy[edit]

Kelly : Yes, that’s true! I went to compete in France in 1976. I was there for maybe 6 months at a club in Metz, had a lot of good performances, won a lot of races. I competed in the Tour of Britain (in 1975) with the Irish national team. I got suspended from the Irish team after going to race in South Africa, so I would definitely have been in the team for the Olympics, so missed the 1976 Games. Then I decided to go to France.

Towards the end of that year in France I got offered a contract by de Gribaldy. He made contact with me through the club although I never actually met him but I said no, that I wanted to stay amateur as I was still quite young. So I came home to Ireland, and then he just arrived at my place in October with a contact.

Kelly : As a directeur, he was a long way ahead of his time. He had some great ideas. He was 10 years ahead of everyone else on diet. He was clear about what you could and couldn’t eat 10 years before the other teams started to think about it.

He was a big influence on my career. In terms of training, he was a long way ahead. In those times, riders did unbelievable miles on the bike. They’d go out and do 5 and 6 hour marathons every day.

In my time, he was the guy who’d make you do shorter rides of quality as well as a long mid-week ride. That was 10 years before specialised training programmes – I realised this because I’d been through it already, so he had some unbelievable qualities.


  • (French) Pierre Diéterlé, Jean de Gribaldy, la légende du Vicomte, Editions du Sekoya, 2014 ISBN 978-2-84751-137-6


  1. ^ "34ème Tour de France 1947" (in French). Memoire du cyclisme. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "35ème Tour de France 1948" (in French). Memoire du cyclisme. Archived from the original on 1 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 

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