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Groupama–FDJ[2] (UCI team code: GFC) is a French cycling team at UCI WorldTeam level. The team is managed by Marc Madiot, a former road bicycle racer and winner of the Paris–Roubaix classic in 1985 and 1991. The team is predominantly French.

Groupama–FDJ
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Team information
UCI codeGFC
RegisteredFrance
Founded1997 (1997)
DisciplineRoad
StatusUCI WorldTeam
BicyclesLapierre
ComponentsShimano
WebsiteTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerMarc Madiot
Team name history
1997–2002
2003–2004
2005–2010[N 1]
2010–2011[N 2]
2012
2013[N 3]
2013–2014[N 4]
2015–2018
2018–
La Française des Jeux
FDJeux.com
La Française des Jeux
FDJ
FDJ–BigMat
FDJ
FDJ.fr
FDJ[1]
Groupama–FDJ
Groupama–FDJ jersey
Jersey
Current season
Lövkvist signing in at Tarbes during the 2006 Tour de France

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HistoryEdit

The team was founded on the initiative of Marc Madiot after he retired from racing in 1994 following a leg-breaking crash in that year's edition of Paris–Roubaix. After a period in the mid-1990s when the professional cycling scene in France was contracting - resulting in the 1996 French National Road Race Championships elite race being held on a pro–am basis due to the reduced number of professional riders - by the time of the team's launch in 1997 they faced competition for riders in France from fellow newcomers Cofidis as well as the expanding Casino team and the already established GAN outfit. The team's initial lineup included younger French riders such as teenagers Nicolas Vogondy and Damien Nazon as well as more experienced foreign racers like Davide Rebellin, Mauro Gianetti, Max Sciandri and Andrea Peron. The inaugural squad also included the reigning French national champions in road racing, time trialling and cyclo-cross - Stéphane Heulot, Eddy Seigneur and Christophe Mengin respectively.[3]

In their first season the team only took a total of 13 wins - however these included several high profile victories such as Frédéric Guesdon's triumph at Paris–Roubaix, a stage win for Mengin at the Tour de France and victories for Rebellin at the Clásica de San Sebastián and Züri-Metzgete.[3]

In the 2003 edition of Tour de France, Australian individual time trial specialist Bradley McGee won the prologue stage to wear the yellow jersey for a few days. McGee was also able to win the prologue of the following year's Giro d'Italia, wore the pink jersey for three days and finished the race in the top ten (finishing eighth). Sprinter Baden Cooke won the green jersey for the points competition.

On 31 October 2012, it emerged that BigMat would no longer sponsor the team, with the team choosing to focus on finding another co-sponsor for the 2014 season.[4]

SponsorshipEdit

The team has been sponsored by Française des Jeux since its founding in 1997. Française des Jeux owns a majority of shares in the team, and the team is based in a warehouse owned by Française des Jeux on the outskirts of Paris: according to Madiot the team and the sponsor have a close working relationship.[3] The team was named FDJeux.com in 2003 and 2004, then renamed Française des Jeux, supposedly to avoid bad luck, until July 2010, when the name was simplified to its initials. Prior to the 2012 season, French building merchants BigMat joined the team as co-sponsors, becoming FDJ–BigMat, contributing €2 million to the team.[5][6] Following the departure of BigMat, the team renamed itself FDJ.fr.

DopingEdit

In February 2019, Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung broke news that a number of professional cyclists had been implicated in the doping scandal uncovered at the 2019 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships. Georg Preidler confessed to having his blood extracted for a possible transfusion. On 3 March, Preidler confessed to Austrian police, whilst also terminating his contract with the team via email. Preidler was due to race during the previous weekend, later admitting to having his blood drawn on two occasions late in 2018. The team then contacted the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the French Anti-Doping Agency (French: Agence française de lutte contre le dopage) and the Mouvement pour un cyclisme crédible (MPCC; English: Movement for Credible Cycling).[7][8]

Team rosterEdit

As of 30 March 2019.[9][7][10]
Rider Date of birth
  Bruno Armirail (FRA) (1994-04-11) 11 April 1994 (age 25)
  William Bonnet (FRA) (1982-06-25) 25 June 1982 (age 36)
  Mickaël Delage (FRA) (1985-08-06) 6 August 1985 (age 33)
  Arnaud Démare (FRA) (1991-08-26) 26 August 1991 (age 27)
  Antoine Duchesne (CAN) (1991-09-12) 12 September 1991 (age 27)
  Kilian Frankiny (SUI) (1994-01-26) 26 January 1994 (age 25)
  David Gaudu (FRA) (1996-10-10) 10 October 1996 (age 22)
  Kévin Geniets (LUX) (1997-01-09) 9 January 1997 (age 22)
  Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) (1987-08-14) 14 August 1987 (age 31)
  Daniel Hoelgaard (NOR) (1993-07-01) 1 July 1993 (age 25)
  Ignatas Konovalovas (LIT) (1985-12-08) 8 December 1985 (age 33)
  Stefan Küng (SUI) (1993-11-16) 16 November 1993 (age 25)
  Mathieu Ladagnous (FRA) (1984-12-12) 12 December 1984 (age 34)
  Olivier Le Gac (FRA) (1993-08-27) 27 August 1993 (age 25)
Rider Date of birth
  Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE) (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 28)
  Valentin Madouas (FRA) (1996-07-12) 12 July 1996 (age 22)
  Rudy Molard (FRA) (1989-09-17) 17 September 1989 (age 29)
  Steve Morabito (SUI) (1983-01-30) 30 January 1983 (age 36)
  Thibaut Pinot (FRA) (1990-05-29) 29 May 1990 (age 28)
  Sébastien Reichenbach (SUI) (1989-05-28) 28 May 1989 (age 29)
  Anthony Roux (FRA) (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 32)
  Marc Sarreau (FRA) (1993-06-10) 10 June 1993 (age 25)
  Miles Scotson (AUS) (1994-01-18) 18 January 1994 (age 25)
  Romain Seigle (FRA) (1994-10-11) 11 October 1994 (age 24)
  Ramon Sinkeldam (NED) (1989-02-09) 9 February 1989 (age 30)
  Benjamin Thomas (FRA) (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 23)
  Benoît Vaugrenard (FRA) (1982-01-05) 5 January 1982 (age 37)
  Léo Vincent (FRA) (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 23)

Major winsEdit

National championsEdit

1998
  French Cyclo-cross Christophe Mengin
2002
  French Road Race Nicolas Vogondy
2004
  Australian Road Race Matthew Wilson
  Swedish Time Trial Thomas Löfkvist
  French Track (Individual pursuit) Nicolas Vogondy
2005
  French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
  Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
  French Track (Team pursuit) Nicolas Vogondy
2006
  Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
  Finnish Cyclo-cross Jussi Veikkanen
  Swedish Time Trial Gustav Larsson
  Swedish Road Race Thomas Löfkvist
  French Track (Team pursuit) Mathieu Ladagnous
  French Track (Team pursuit) Mickael Delage
2007
  French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
  French Time Trial Benoît Vaugrenard
2008
  French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
  Belarusian Road Race Yauheni Hutarovich
  Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
2009
  Belarusian Road Race Yauheni Hutarovich
2010
  Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
2011
  French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
  French Track (Individual pursuit) Mathieu Ladagnous
  U23 World Road Race, Arnaud Demare
2012
  Belarusian Road Race Yauheni Hutarovich
  French Road Race Nacer Bouhanni
2013
  Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
  French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
  French Road Race Arthur Vichot
2014
  Finnish Road Race Jussi Veikkanen
  French Cyclo-cross Francis Mourey
  French Road Race Arnaud Démare
2016
  French Road Race Arthur Vichot
  French Time Trial Thibaut Pinot
  Lithuanian Time Trial Ignatas Konovalovas
2017
  Swedish Time Trial Tobias Ludvigsson
  Lithuanian Time Trial Ignatas Konovalovas
  French Road Race Arnaud Démare
  Lithuanian Road Race Ignatas Konovalovas
2018
  Swedish Time Trial Tobias Ludvigsson
  Canadian Road Race Antoine Duchesne
  Austrian Time Trial Georg Preidler
  Swiss Road Race Steve Morabito
  French Road Race Anthony Roux
  French U23 Time Trial Alexys Brunel

NotesEdit

  1. ^ 2005–June 2010
  2. ^ July 2010–2011
  3. ^ Jan–June 2013
  4. ^ June 2013–2014

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stephen Farrand. "FDJ reveal new 2015 team colours". Cyclingnews.com.
  2. ^ "Communiqué de Presse" [Press communication]. FDJ.fr (in French). Société de Gestion de L'Echappée. 24 June 2013. Archived from the original on 27 June 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Quénet, Jean-François (2 March 2017). "20 years of FDJ: Marc Madiot looks back on the 'fairy tale'". cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  4. ^ "BigMat pulls out of FDJ as co-sponsor". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  5. ^ Atkins, Ben (23 November 2011). "BigMat joins FDJ as name sponsor in 2012". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  6. ^ "BigMat joins FDJ as co-sponsor in 2012". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 24 November 2011. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Preidler admits to blood extraction as doping investigation widens". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Madiot expresses 'surprise' and 'enormous disappointment' at Preidler doping confession". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  9. ^ "Kévin Geniets intègre la World Tour" [Kévin Geniets joins the World Tour]. Groupama–FDJ (in French). Française des Jeux. 22 March 2019. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Groupama-FDJ confirm 28 riders for 2019". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.

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