Mickaël Delage

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Mickaël Delage
Mickaël Delage 4JDD2011.JPG
Delage at the 2011 Four Days of Dunkirk
Personal information
Full nameMickaël Delage
Born (1985-08-06) 6 August 1985 (age 37)
Libourne, France
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Disciplines
  • Road
  • Track
RoleRider
Rider typeRouleur
Professional teams
2005–2008Française des Jeux
2009–2010Silence–Lotto
2011–2021FDJ[1][2]

Mickaël Delage (born 6 August 1985) is a French former professional road and track cyclist, who last rode for UCI WorldTeam Groupama–FDJ.[3]

Career[edit]

Born in Libourne, Delage participated at the World Track Championships in Moscow in 2003 as a junior, where he won the silver medal at the points race, after Australian Miles Olman. In that same year he would become national junior champion of France at the team pursuit (alongside Jonathan Mouchel, Yannick Marie and Mickaël Mallie) and the madison (together with Mouchel). In 2004 he would win the national title in the points race at the under-23 level.

Delage spent 17 years as a professional rider on the road, riding for 15 of those years with the Française des Jeux team across two spells.[4] He made his Giro d'Italia debut in 2006 and finished in 129th position and he won the 1st stage of the Tour de l'Avenir. Later that year he would again become French national champion when he won the team pursuit together with Mathieu Ladagnous, Jonathan Mouchel, Sylvain Blanquefort and Mickaël Preau. In 2007 he made his Tour de France debut.

Delage's two periods with FDJ were separated by an interlude with Silence–Lotto, joining the Belgian squad alongside FDJ team-mate Philippe Gilbert. Whilst at Lotto he achieved what he later described as the best performance of his career, finishing as runner-up in the 2009 Clásica de San Sebastián. He returned to FDJ in 2011, where he found a role as a leadout man for Arnaud Démare.[4]

Delage suffered injuries at the 2020 Tour de Pologne when he crashed whilst riding downhill at 80 km/h, including a meniscus injury and friction burns. Following this he decided to retire from competition when his contract expired at the end of the following season. Although his 2021 season was disrupted by undergoing knee surgery in March, he returned to competition at the French National Road Race Championships, and finished his career at Paris–Chauny in the autumn.[4]

Major results[edit]

2003
National Junior Track Championships
1st MaillotFra.PNG Team pursuit
1st MaillotFra.PNG Madison
2nd Silver medal blank.svg Points race, UCI Junior Track World Championships
2004
1st MaillotFra.PNG Points race, National Under-23 Track Championships
2005
9th Overall Circuit Franco-Belge
2006
1st MaillotFra.PNG Team pursuit, National Track Championships
1st Stage 1 Tour de l'Avenir
2007
10th Tour de Vendée
2008
4th Overall Tour Down Under
2009
2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
2010
3rd Road race, National Road Championships
2011
5th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
6th Paris–Tours
7th Overall Tour de Picardie
9th Overall Four Days of Dunkirk
9th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
Tour de France
Jersey red number.svg Combativity award, Stages 3 & 11
2012
3rd Cholet-Pays de Loire
3rd Grand Prix de la Somme
6th Polynormande
2013
1st La Roue Tourangelle
7th Paris–Bourges
2014
6th Paris–Bourges
9th Grand Prix d'Isbergues
10th Grand Prix de la Somme
2016
1st Stage 1 (TTT) La Méditerranéenne
4th La Roue Tourangelle
2018
8th Paris–Bourges
2019
7th Tro-Bro Léon

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia 129 144 148
A yellow jersey Tour de France 117 101 DNF 132 143 DNF
A gold jersey/A red jersey Vuelta a España DNF 103 73 DNF 109 112 DNF 142
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Groupama-FDJ confirm 28 riders for 2019". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Groupama - FDJ". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 2 January 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Groupama - FDJ". UCI.org. Union Cycliste Internationale. Archived from the original on 1 January 2021. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b c ""I mostly realized that time was flying by"". Groupama–FDJ. 4 October 2021. Retrieved 7 November 2021.

External links[edit]

Media related to Mickaël Delage at Wikimedia Commons