Félicia Ballanger

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Félicia Ballanger (born 12 June 1971 in La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendée) is a retired French racing cyclist.

Félicia Ballanger
Personal information
Full nameFélicia Ballanger
Born (1971-06-12) 12 June 1971 (age 49)
La Roche-sur-Yon, Vendée, France

She won five world championships in the sprint and 500 m time trial. She was also a triple Olympic champion.[1] She is 1.68 metres (5 ft 6 in) tall and weighs 70 kilograms (150 lb).


Félicia Ballanger is one of two children. Her mother named her Félicia after the Italian Tour de France winner Felice Gimondi and her brother, Frédéric, after the Spanish winner, Federico Bahamontes).

Ballanger was at first both a cyclist and a handball player. For cycling she was a member of Vendée la Roche Cycliste.

She came fourth in her first world championship and again the following year, 1992, at the Olympic Games in Barcelona. She crashed the following year, breaking a collarbone and having her thigh pierced by a splinter from the velodrome.[2]

Her first world championship medal came the following season. She took silver in the sprint. Trained by Daniel Morelon, the former world sprint champion, she won her first world championships in 1995, winning the 500 m time-trial and the sprint. She won both again in the four following years. She also won the Olympic sprint medal at Atlanta.

Her last international was the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She won the 500 metres. In 2001, she became vice-president of the Fédération Française de Cyclisme.

Personal lifeEdit

Ballanger is married, has two children and has lived in Nouméa since 1998. She is involved in politics there. She was a television commentator during the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.


Olympic GamesEdit

  •   1996 1st sprint
  •   2000 1st sprint, 1st 500m

World championshipEdit

  •   1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 1st sprint
  •   1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 1st 500m
  •   1994 2nd sprint
  • 1988 1st junior sprint

National championshipsEdit

  • Sprint: 1992, 1994...
  • Youth sprint : 1986

World records[3]Edit


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Félicia Ballanger". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Félicia Ballanger, championne discrète". Humanite.fr (in French). 19 August 2000. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008.
  3. ^ "World Records: Women". UCI.ch. Archived from the original on 16 March 2008.

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