Système U (cycling team)

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For cycling team known as Système U in 1984, see Wolber–Spidel.
Système U
Charly Mottet - Dauphiné 1988.jpg
Team information
UCI code SUG
Registered France
Founded 1986 (1986)
Disbanded 1989
Discipline Road
Cyclo-cross
Status Retired
Key personnel
General manager Cyrille Guimard
Team name history
1986-1987
1988
1989
Système U
Système U–Gitane
Super U–Raleigh–Fiat

Système U (UCI team code: SUG) was a French professional cycling team that was existed from 1986 to 1988 and which cycled on and promoted Gitane racing bikes. In 1989 the team was renamed Super U-Raleigh-Fiat and rode Raleigh bicycles. Super U being a chain of supermarkets owned by the Système U group.

History[edit]

A Système U team existed during the 1984 season (see Wolber–Spidel) with Marcel Boishardy as manager which was a continuation of the Wolber-Spidel team of the 1983 season. This team included riders such as Jean Rene Bernaudeau and Colombian Martin Ramirez Ramirez.[1] The sponsor Système U decided to take over the sponsorship of the highly successful Renault-Elf-Gitane team when Renault decided to retire from the peloton.[2] Renault-Elf-Gitane which was directed by former French cycling champion Cyrille Guimard had dominated the Tour de France between 1978 and 1984. The 1986 season started well with Laurent Fignon winning the spring semi-classic La Flèche Wallonne and Thierry Marie winning the prologue of the 1986 Tour de France. Marie wore the maillot jaune for several days as the team also won the Team time trial of that year’s Tour but the best for the General classification was the 10th place of French Champion Yvon Madiot. The following year, the team achieved success with Charly Mottet who won the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré stage race and then wore the maillot jaune for several days in the 1987 Tour de France and finished fourth overall. The team won the team classification of that Tour. Mottet also won the Individual time trial classic at the end of the season, the Grand Prix des Nations. In 1988, Fignon showed good form to win the Milan–San Remo Classic as well as the stage race the Tour de l'Avenir while Mottet won the Giro di Lombardia. In 1989, the team was renamed Super U after one of the supermarkets that the Système U cooperative owned and Gitane cycles stopped their long association with Guimard’s team. Raleigh cycles took their place and became the second sponsor as well. The year marked Fignon’s return to form with a second win in Milan–San Remo, a win in the 1989 Giro d'Italia and the closest ever second place in the history of the Tour de France in the 1989 Tour de France. During this time Cyrille Guimard was the main directeur sportif with Bernard Quilfen and Jacques Cadicou being the other directeur sportifs. After Système U decided to withdraw sponsorship, Castorama a French retailer of DIY and home improvement supplies took over as main sponsor making the Castorama cycling team.

Notable riders[edit]

Riders who have won a Grand Tour, held the leader's jersey of a Grand Tour, won a stage of a Grand Tour, won a classic or won a national championship. Their wins may have been at any time in their careers, not necessarily during their time in the Système U team:

Major wins[edit]

Roster[edit]

1986[edit]

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FRA Laurent Biondi July 19, 1959
FRA Alain Bondue April 08, 1959
FRA Éric Boyer December 02, 1963
FRA Laurent Fignon August 12, 1960 Renault-Elf (1985)
FRA Dominique Gaigne July 03, 1961
SUI Bernard Gavillet March 06, 1960
FRA Martial Gayant November 16, 1962
FRG Rolf Hofeditz August 31, 1962
FRA Christophe Lavainne December 22, 1963
FRA Dominique Lecrocq July 07, 1963
DEN Søren Lilholt September 22, 1965
FRA Yvon Madiot June 21, 1962
FRA Jean-Marc Manfrin March 04, 1963
FRA Thierry Marie June 25, 1963
FRA Charly Mottet December 16, 1962 Renault-Elf (1985)
FRA Pascal Robert October 22, 1963
FRA Denis Roux November 05, 1961 Renault-Elf (1985)
SWE Jonas Tegström January 01, 1965

1987[edit]

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FRA Laurent Biondi July 19, 1959
FRA Alain Bondue April 08, 1959
FRA Éric Boyer December 02, 1963
FRA Philippe Boyer (Aug 01–Dec 31) March 30, 1956
FRA Laurent Fignon August 12, 1960 Renault-Elf (1985)
SUI Bernard Gavillet March 06, 1960
FRA Martial Gayant November 16, 1962
FRA Éric Guyot March 10, 1962
FRA Christophe Lavainne December 22, 1963
DEN Søren Lilholt September 22, 1965
FRA Marc Madiot April 16, 1959 Renault-Elf (1985)
FRA Yvon Madiot June 21, 1962
FRA Jean-Marc Manfrin March 04, 1963
FRA Thierry Marie June 25, 1963
FRA Charly Mottet December 16, 1962 Renault-Elf (1985)
FRA Joël Pelier March 23, 1962
FRA Pascal Poisson June 29, 1958
FRA Gérard Rué May 07, 1965
SWE Jonas Tegström January 01, 1965

1988[edit]

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GBR Wayne Bennington October 26, 1964
FRA Éric Boyer December 02, 1963
FRA Philippe Boyer March 30, 1956
FRA Jacques Decrion November 18, 1961
FRA Pascal Dubois October 27, 1962
FRA Laurent Fignon August 12, 1960 Renault-Elf (1985)
FRA Dominique Garde March 18, 1959
FRA Jean-Claude Garde September 12, 1960
FRA Éric Guyot March 10, 1962
FRA Christophe Lavainne December 22, 1963
FRA Thierry Marie June 25, 1963
FRA Laurent Masson March 02, 1964
FRA Charly Mottet December 16, 1962 Renault-Elf (1985)
FRA Jean-Louis Peillon July 20, 1961
FRA Joël Pelier March 23, 1962
FRA Gérard Rué May 07, 1965
FRA Pascal Simon September 27, 1956 Z-Peugeot (1987)

1989[edit]

Wikidata-logo S.svg   Rider Date of birth  Previous team 
FRA Vincent Barteau March 18, 1962
GBR Wayne Bennington October 26, 1964
FRA Yves Bonnamour July 16, 1961
FRA Jacques Decrion November 18, 1961
FRA Pascal Dubois October 27, 1962
FRA Jacky Durand February 10, 1967
FRA Laurent Fignon August 12, 1960 Renault-Elf (1985)
FRA Dominique Garde March 18, 1959
FRA Jean-Claude Garde September 12, 1960
SUI Heinz Imboden January 04, 1962
FRA Christophe Lavainne December 22, 1963
FRA Yvon Ledanois July 05, 1969
FRA Thierry Marie June 25, 1963
FRA Laurent Masson (Jan 01–Feb 28) March 02, 1964
FRA Frédéric Moncassin September 26, 1968
FRA Jean-Louis Peillon July 20, 1961
DEN Bjarne Riis April 03, 1964
FRA Gérard Rué May 07, 1965
FRA Éric Salomon May 23, 1962
FRA Claude Séguy August 14, 1961
FRA Pascal Simon September 27, 1956 Z-Peugeot (1987)
FRA Bruno Wojtinek March 06, 1963

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Systeme U". de wielersite. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  2. ^ "Racing". Gitane USA. Retrieved 2007-11-09. 

External links[edit]

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