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Frédéric Moncassin

Frédéric Moncassin (born 26 September 1968)[1] is a French former road racing cyclist. He turned professional in 1990 and retired in 1999.

Frédéric Moncassin
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Personal information
Full nameFrédéric Moncassin
NicknameMoncassecou
Born (1968-09-26) 26 September 1968 (age 51)
Saubens, France
Height1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11 st 7 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad
Rider typeSprinter
Professional team(s)
1990–1992Castorama
1993–1994WordPerfect
1995Novell
1996–1999GAN/Crédit Agricole
Major wins
Tour de France, 2 stages; 1995 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne

Moncassin was a strong roadman-sprinter known for his tussles with other riders in the last metres of a race. He clashed with Tom Steels and Mario Cipollini among others.[2] He won 30 races and led the Tour de France for a day in 1996. He also came close to winning the Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix. Procycling said when he retired: "It was the 1998 Tour that, in hindsight, probably spelt the end for Fred. Under intense pressure to come up with a stage win, he struggled through the first week, only to see the race collapse around him as the Festina Scandal took hold. His unfashionable criticism of Richard Virenque - "he's an asshole and you can quote me," he told the French paper 'La Dépêche' at the time - allied to his own poor form, and his increasingly public concern that all cyclists were now tarred with the same brush, left him as a fringe character."[3]

His name was on the list of doping tests published by the French Senate on 24 July 2013 that were collected during the 1998 Tour de France and found suspicious for EPO when retested in 2004.[4]

RetirementEdit

Moncassin was selector for the French national road team from 2004 to 2008, when he was succeeded by Laurent Jalabert.

"I've got new shoes on today, so watch out!"

Frédéric Moncassin[5]

Major resultsEdit

1990
1st, Stage 2 and 4, Dauphiné Liberé
1st, Grand Prix d'Isbergues
1st, Grand Prix de Denain
1991
1st, Grand Prix de Denain
1st, Stage 3, Tour d'Armorique
1992
1st, Grand Prix du Nord-Pas-de-Calais
1st, Stage 3, Étoile de Bessèges
1st, Stage 5b, Tour Méditerranéen
1993
1st, Stage 3, Dauphiné Liberé
Tour de l'Oise
1st, Overall
1st, Stage 1 and 2
1st, Points Classification
1st, Stage 1, Tour de l'Avenir
1994
1st, Stage 2, Midi Libre
1995
1st, Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
1996
1st, Stage 1, Paris–Nice
1st, Stage 1 and 19, Tour de France
1st, Stage 1 and 3, Midi Libre
1st, Stage 1 and 4, Route du Sud
1997
2nd, Tour of Flanders
1998
3rd, Milan–San Remo
2009
1st, Red Bull Road Rage, France

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Procycling, UK, December 1999, p53
  2. ^ Procycling, UK, December 1999, p53
  3. ^ Procycling, UK, December 1999, p53
  4. ^ "French Senate releases positive EPO cases from 1998 Tour de France".
  5. ^ Frédéric Moncassin, quoted in The Quotable Cyclist (1997:pg. 284), Bill Strickland, ed., Breakaway Books: Halscottville, New York.

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