László Bodrogi

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László Bodrogi
2011 UCI Road World Championship - László Bodrogi.jpg
Bodrogi during the time trials at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships
Personal information
Full nameLászló Bodrogi
Born (1976-12-11) 11 December 1976 (age 42)
Budapest, Hungary
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad and track
Rider typeTime-trialist
Amateur team(s)
1995–1996AC Bisontine
1997–1998VC Vaux-en-Velin
1999CC Étupes
1999Saint-Quentin-Oktos-MBK (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2005–2008Crédit Agricole
2009–2010Team Katusha
2011–2012Team Type 1–Sanofi Aventis
Major wins
MaillotHungary.png National Road Race Champion (2003, 2004, 2006)
MaillotHungary.png National Time-Trial Champion (2002, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Tour of Austria (2006)
Tour de Luxembourg (2005)
GP Eddy Merckx (2002)

László Bodrogi (born 11 December 1976 in Budapest, Hungary) is a former Hungarian and French professional road bicycle racer, specializing in the individual time trial.


László was born in 1976 in Budapest, Hungary. His father, László Bodrogi, managed his career from his childhood.

Early success in Hungary[edit]

In the nineties, Hungarian bicycle manufacturer Schwinn-Csepel (successor of Csepel) was his main sponsor. In turn, he was the main athlete of the company. Among other products, he tested and raced the Schwinn-Csepel magnesium alloy road frame. He competed in various Hungarian teams, including FTC (1991), BVSC-Intertraverz (1992), KSI (1993) and Stollwerck-FTC (1994).

Moving to France[edit]

In 1995, after his father got a job as a doctor in France, László settled down in France and started training in the AC Bisontine team. He quit his university studies to devote his life to his sports career. After a fruitful season in 1996, he was invited to VC Lyon (VC Vaux-en-Velin), the youth team of Festina. After Festina was shaken by the doping scandals of the Tour de France, Laszlo got little attention from the team. He moved on to CCC Étupes in 1999.

Professional career[edit]

In 2000, he started his professional cycling career in Mapei–Quick-Step and won the bronze in the world championship. In 2007, he scored the best result of the Hungarian cycling history by winning the silver medal in the same discipline after Fabian Cancellara.

He raced in the Tour de France in 2005 and finished in 119th place.[1] To date, he is the only Hungarian cyclist to participate in the Tour.

After gaining French citizenship in 2008, he rides for France now. Consequently, he resigned from participating in the Hungarian championship. Between 1997 and 2008, he won the national road champion title three and the individual time trial champion title ten times.

He suffered a leg injury at the Tour of Germany in 2008, resulting in an 8-month recovery period.[2] After Credit Agricole ceased sponsoring its cycling team, László joined the Katusha team. In 2010, he started preparing for the world championship, although the riders are not qualified yet.

He lives with his family in Ney. He is married to a French woman, Catherine, and has two children.

Major results[edit]

3rd Bronze medal blank.svg UCI Road World Championship Time Trial
Duo Normand (with Daniele Nardello)
1st MaillotHungary.png National Time Trial championships
1st Eddy Merckx Grand Prix
1st Prologue, Paris–Nice
2nd Grand Prix des Nations
2nd Dwars door Vlaanderen
2nd Memorial Fausto Coppi
3rd Overall, Danmark Rundt
1st Stage 4b
1st MaillotHungary.png National Road Race Championships
2nd, Paris–Brussels
2nd, Eddy Merckx Grand Prix
1st MaillotHungary.png National Road Race Championships
1st Stage 3b, Three Days of De Panne
1st Overall, Tour de Luxembourg
2nd Tour de Vendée
1st Stage 6, Tour of Austria
1st MaillotHungary.png National Road Race Championships
1st MaillotHungary.png National Time Trial championships
1st MaillotHungary.png National Time Trial championships
1st, Chrono des Herbiers
2nd Silver medal blank.svg UCI Road World Championship Time Trial
1st MaillotHungary.png National Time Trial Championships
3rd NationalTime Trial Championship
5th Paris–Tours
3rd Overall, Tour du Poitou-Charentes


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