Franck Bouyer

Franck Bouyer (born 17 March 1974, in Beaupréau) is a French former professional road bicycle racer, who competed as a professional between 1995 and 2013.[1] Bouyer competed for the Castorama, Agrigel–La Creuse–Fenioux, Française des Jeux, Bouygues Télécom and Team Europcar squads during his career.[2] Bouyer suffers from narcolepsy, resulting in sudden sleep attacks and cataplexy, and was unable to compete or train without Modafinil.[3]

Franck Bouyer
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Personal information
Full nameFranck Bouyer
Born (1974-03-17) 17 March 1974 (age 46)
Beaupréau, France
Team information
Current teamRetired
Professional teams
1996Agrigel–La Creuse–Fenioux
1997–1999Française des Jeux
2009–2013Bbox Bouygues Telecom
Major wins
Tour du Limousin (2001)
Tour de Vendée (2002)
Paris–Camembert (2004)

However, the UCI ruled in June 2004 that Bouyer could not be given a therapeutic use exemption to allow him to compete having taken the drug, so Bouyer was unable to race. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the decision of the UCI citing that it could not be determined that Modafinil did not provide an extra increase in performance and that the dosage was hard to measure.[4] Despite the rulings by both the UCI and CAS, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) gave Bouyer permission to return to racing in August 2005.[5] Yet, following an appeal to CAS by the UCI, Bouyer was once again banned.[6] In January 2007, Bouyer's contract with Bouygues Télécom expired and the team released him.[7] Bouyer filed a civil lawsuit against the UCI and WADA in July 2007, arguing they were preventing him from working.[8] After confirmation from the UCI that a new drug for treating narcolepsy (Xyrem) was not on the banned list, he signed again for the Bbox Bouygues Telecom team for the 2009 season.[9]

Bouyer retired at the end of the 2013 season.[1]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
  Giro d'Italia DNF
  Tour de France DNF 94 122 74 114
  Vuelta a España DNF
DSQ Disqualified
DNF Did not finish


  1. ^ a b "La boucle est bouclée pour Duret" [The career is complete for Duret]. Ouest-France (in French). Groupe Ouest-France. 29 November 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013. Après Franck Bouyer, mardi, Sébastien Duret a désormais la certitude que le point placé au terme de la saison 2013 serait un point final. [After Franck Bouyer on Tuesday, Sébastien Duret is now satisfied that the point placed at the end of the 2013 season would be an end point.]
  2. ^ Deneits, Stephane (8 January 2012). "Équipes 2012: Europcar" [Teams 2012: Europcar]. (in French). Velochrono. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Bouyer sidelined". 2004-06-17. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  4. ^ "CAS refutes Bouyer's appeal". 2005-03-20. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  5. ^ "WADA allows Bouyer to race". 2005-08-23. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  6. ^ "No more racing for Bouyer". 2006-03-19. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  7. ^ "Bouyer without a team". 2007-01-24. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  8. ^ "Bouyer files suit against UCI, WADA". 2007-07-20. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2009-01-25.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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