Pierre Rolland (cyclist)

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Pierre Rolland
2017 TdF E3 Pierre Rolland.jpg
Rolland at the 2017 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Pierre Rolland
Born (1986-10-10) 10 October 1986 (age 31)
Gien, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)[1]
Team information
Current team EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Amateur team(s)
2005–2006 Super Sport 35
2006 Crédit Agricole (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2007–2008 Crédit Agricole
2009–2015 Bbox Bouygues Telecom[2]
2016– Cannondale
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Young rider classification (2011)
2 individual stages (2011, 2012)
Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2017)

Pierre Rolland (born 10 October 1986) is a French professional road racing cyclist who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Education First–Drapac p/b Cannondale. He is a two-time stage winner of the Tour de France and a stage winner of the Giro d'Italia.

Cycling career[edit]

Rolland on his way to winning Stage 19 of the 2011 Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez

Born in Gien, Rolland turned professional in 2007 for Crédit Agricole after riding for the team as a stagiaire in late 2006. In his first season as a professional he won stages at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo and the Tour du Limousin. In 2008 he won the Mountains classification at the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.[3] At the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Rolland competed in the road race but he did not finish.

Bbox Bouygues Telecom/Team Europcar (2009–2015)[edit]

In 2010 he won a stage at the Circuit de Lorraine and finished eighth at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

2011[edit]

During the Tour de France, Rolland gained acclaim for his strong work in defense of Thomas Voeckler's yellow jersey. Following the 14th stage of the Tour, Lance Armstrong referred to Rolland as a "rockstar."[4] Rolland won the 19th stage at the top of Alpe d'Huez, beating Olympic gold medalist Samuel Sánchez and two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador.[5] The victory also won him the white jersey, which he successfully defended in the 20th stage. He finished the Tour 10th in the general classification.

2012[edit]

At the Tour de France, Rolland made a late attack which led to him winning stage 11, a mountain top finish up in La Toussuire/Les Sybelles.[6] He finished the Tour in eighth place in the general classification, his best career performance, and the highest position of any Frenchman that year.

2014[edit]

At the Giro d'Italia, Rolland finished fourth in the general classification, his best finish in a Grand Tour.[7] He also finished 11th of the Tour de France.

2015[edit]

In 2015, Rolland's first success was the general classification of the Vuelta a Castilla y León, made possible by winning the third and last stage in solo fashion.[8]

Cannondale (2016–present)[edit]

On 27 August 2015, it was announced that Rolland would join Cannondale for the 2016 season.[9]

2016[edit]

At the Critérium du Dauphiné, Rolland finished 10th overall. Pierre was 9th overall after stage 7 at the Tour de France, however he crashed into the side of a rock on the descent to Bagnères-de-Luchon on stage 8 and lost almost 2 minutes.[10] He also crashed on a descent on stage 19 after being in the breakaway with Rui Costa.[11] At the Vuelta a España, Pierre finished 7th on stage 4.

2017[edit]

Pierre started the 2017 season of by finishing 78th at the Vuelta a Andalucia. His first top 10 result came at the Tour of the Alps where he finished 6th overall. He also finished 4th on stage 3, and 5th on the final stage 5. One of Rolland's season goals was the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia. At the Giro, Pierre won stage 17, after attacking inside the final 10 km's of the breakaway.[12] He also won the 3rd stage of the Route du Sud on top of the D923 climb to Gavarnie-Gèdre.[13] He was feeling sick throughout the final week of the Tour de France thus not making a great result.

2018[edit]

At the Paris-Nice, Pierre finished 23rd overall. He finished 20th overall at the Circuit Cycliste Sartre - Pays de la Loire before riding the Ardennes Classics.

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]

2007
1st Stage 2 Tour du Limousin
2nd Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
1st Stage 1
2nd Tour du Doubs
7th Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
8th Tro-Bro Léon
2008
1st Jersey white dots on red.svg Mountains classification Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
6th Overall Circuit Cycliste Sarthe
8th Trophée des Grimpeurs
9th Paris–Camembert
9th Tour du Haut Var
2009
3rd Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
2010
1st Jersey polkadot.svg Mountains classification Critérium International
2nd Overall Circuit de Lorraine
1st Stage 4
5th Boucles de l'Aulne
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
9th Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan
2011
5th Overall Circuit de Lorraine
6th Overall Tour de l'Ain
7th Les Boucles du Sud Ardèche
10th Overall Tour de France
1st Jersey white.svg Young rider classification
1st Stage 19
10th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
10th Road race, National Road Championships
2012
4th Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 3
8th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 11
2013
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Stage 4
3rd Paris–Camembert
10th Overall Giro del Trentino
Tour de France
Held Jersey polkadot.svg after Stages 2–6 & 9–14
2014
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
2015
1st Jersey white.svg Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 3
10th Overall Tour de France
2016
10th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
2017
1st Soccer Jersey White-Black (borders).png Sprints classification Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 17 Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 3 Route du Sud
6th Overall Tour of the Alps
2018
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné

Grand Tour classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia  —  —  —  —  — 4  —  — 22  —
A yellow jersey Tour de France 20 58 10 8 24 11 10 16 54 27
A red jersey Vuelta a España  — DNF  —  —  —  — 50 50 56
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish
IP In progress

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pierre Rolland profile". 
  2. ^ "Team Europcar (EUC) – FRA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  3. ^ An interview with Pierre Rolland Cyclingnews.com, 17 June 2008
  4. ^ Voeckler A Tour De France Contender, Says Armstrong Cyclingnews.com, 16 July 2011
  5. ^ Pierre Rolland wins 19th stage of Tour de France Yahoo! News, 19 July 2011
  6. ^ "Wiggins and Froome fill top two places". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  7. ^ Peter Cossins (1 June 2014). "Mezgec wins first Grand Tour stage". Cyclingnews.com. Bath, UK: Future plc. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Castilla y Leon: Rolland secures overall title". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Pierre Rolland signs for Cannondale-Garmin title". Cyclingnews.com. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Tour de France 2016: Stage 8 Results | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  11. ^ Le Tour De France (2016-07-22), Chute de Pierre Rolland - Étape 19 (Albertville / Saint-Gervais Mont Blanc) - Tour de France 2016, retrieved 2018-04-01 
  12. ^ "Giro d'Italia: Rolland steps up and wins big for Cannondale-Drapac | Cyclingnews.com". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2018-04-01. 
  13. ^ Pierre Rolland soloes to stage three win, 2017-06-17, retrieved 2018-04-01 

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