Ronan Pensec

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Ronan Pensec
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Personal information
Full name Ronan Pensec
Nickname Pinpin
Born (1963-07-10) July 10, 1963 (age 55)
Douarnenez, France
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Professional team(s)
1985-1986 Peugeot-Shell-Michelin
1987-1989 Z-Peugeot
1990 Z
1991 Amaya Seguros
1992 R.M.O.
1993-1994 Novemail-Histor
1995 Le Groupement
1996-1997 GAN
Major wins
Étoile de Bessèges 1987
Grand Prix des Rennes 1988
GP Ouest-France 1992

Ronan Pensec (born July 10, 1963) is a former French professional road bicycle racer. He was professional from 1985 to 1997.

Pensec was born in Douarnenez, Finistère, France and is one of the most renowned cyclists of the 80s. He became professional in 1985 with the Peugeot cycling team. His best performances in the Tour de France were in the first editions he competed in, where he finished sixth in the 1986 edition and seventh in the 1988 Tour de France. Ronan continued his career, still under Roger Legeay's guidance, with the Z team with Greg Lemond as his leader, who later became one of his best friends in the peloton. In the 1990 Tour de France Pensec wore the yellow jersey. While he defended his lead on the Alpe d'Huez, Pensec lost the lead to Italian Claudio Chiappucci in an Individual time trial.[1] Pensec retired in 1997 after riding the French national championships.[2]

In 1994 he created the cycling event called La Ronan Pensec which is an event that raises money for AIDS research and AIDS fighting organisations.[3] The operation also financially contributed to educate young high school students. Over the years, Ronan Pensec donated Euros 350,000 to various associations.

Ronan Pensec is now a television commentator and consultant for France Télévision on all the major cycling events. His job as a consultant is unique in the world of sports television as he gives the producer tactical advices on which live images he should select. In 2003, he founded his own travel agency to offer Tour de France related programs. His goal is to make it possible for cycling enthusiasts to make their most precious dream come true: to be a spectator and a participant of the Tour de France. Over the years, he extended his range of programs to the Etape du Tour, the Giro d'Italia, La Marmotte, etc...

Major results[edit]

1st place overall Étoile des Espoirs
Saint-Martin de Landelles
Tour de France:
6th place overall classification
Lanarvily (Cyclo-cross)
Étoile de Bessèges
Route du Sud
Grand Prix de Rennes
Tour de France:
7th place overall classification
Boucles de l'Aulne
Ronde d'Aix-en-Provence
Tour de France:
Wearing yellow jersey for two days
GP Ouest-France


  1. ^ Abt, Samuel (1990-07-13). "Italian climbs into the lead, LeMond gains". NY Times. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 
  2. ^ "Pensec retiring after French national championships". Retrieved 2007-10-13. 
  3. ^ "interview de Ronan Pensec". velo Archived from Id=12516&Section=General the original Check |url= value (help) on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-10-13. 

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