Jean de Gribaldy
Jean de Gribaldy, Besançon, September 1980
|Full name||Jean de Gribaldy|
|Born||18 July 1922
|Died||2 January 1987
|1945–1949||Peugeot - Dunlop|
|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|
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.
Sean Kelly about Jean de Gribaldy
|“||When you broke into the pro ranks, Jean de Gribaldy signed you. Is it really true that he just turned up at your parents’ farm with a contract ?||”|
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.
|“||He must have been an amazing guy, what was he like ?||”|
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