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Jean-Christophe Péraud (born 22 May 1977) is a retired French cyclist who rode for Omega Pharma–Lotto and AG2R La Mondiale during his professional career. He was a member of the French team at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics.

Jean-Christophe Péraud
Tour de l'Ain 2014 - Stage 1 - Jean-Christophe Péraud.jpg
Peraud at the 2014 Tour de l'Ain
Personal information
Full nameJean-Christophe Péraud
Born (1977-05-22) 22 May 1977 (age 42)
Toulouse, France
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb; 9 st 11 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineMountain bike and Road
RoleRider
Amateur team(s)
1999–2005SCO Dijon
2006–2009Creusot Cycling
Professional team(s)
2010Omega Pharma–Lotto
2011–2016Ag2r–La Mondiale
Major wins
Stage races
Critérium International (2014, 2015)
Single-day races
National Time Trial Championships (2009)

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CareerEdit

Competing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing he won the silver medal in the cross-country race.[1] In June 2009 he became the surprise winner of the French National Time Trial Championship.[2] This led to him being signed by UCI ProTour team Omega Pharma–Lotto for the 2010 season, to increase its time-trialing presence in stage races.

In 2011, Péraud achieved 6th place overall at the Critérium International and ninth place overall in the Tour de France. He crashed out in the final week of the 2013 Tour de France during the time trial, falling in a slippery late-apex corner, in the same spot his family had gathered to cheer him on, with less than two kilometers to go, riding with a non-displaced fractured collarbone sustained in a prior crash the very same morning. Péraud had again been placed ninth on the general classification before the incident. According to cyclingnews.com, Péraud responded in a composed manner concerning the incident:[3]

"I didn't feel that I was taking too many risks, I was descending as I know how but I was surprised by the corner. It's part of sport. I'm okay and it's only a broken collarbone. It will be a relief to get home, and we'll think about my next objective when my body recovers.”

In 2014, Péraud won the Critérium International in March. He also recorded top-five finishes in the Tirreno–Adriatico, Volta ao Algarve, and Tour of the Basque Country.[4] Péraud followed this up with a strong performance in the 2014 Tour de France, where he finished in second place in the final general classification, behind Vincenzo Nibali and ahead of Thibaut Pinot. He and Pinot became the first Frenchmen to finish in the top three overall in the Tour de France since Richard Virenque finished as runner-up overall in 1997. It was the first time in 30 years that two Frenchmen finished in the top three overall in the Tour de France - Laurent Fignon (winner) and Bernard Hinault (runner-up) finished in the top two overall in 1984.[5]

In 2015, Péraud repeated his victory on the 2.HC Critérium International by winning the last stage finishing atop the Col de l'Ospedale. He won the general classification with a gap of ten seconds to fellow Frenchman Thibaut Pinot. “At the start, I thought that I would help [teammate] Alexis Vuillermoz. But I attacked and I found myself alone,” said Péraud. “This victory is important after hard times and two surgeries this winter.”[6]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2006
1st Les Boucles du Sud-Ardèche
2009
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
2nd Chrono des Herbiers
2010
4th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
9th Overall Paris–Nice
2011
2nd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
4th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
6th Overall Paris–Nice
6th Overall Critérium International
7th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
7th Overall Tour of Beijing
8th Overall Tour de l'Ain
9th Overall Tour de France
10th Tour du Doubs
2012
4th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
7th Overall Tour of the Basque Country
2013
2nd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 4
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
5th Overall Critérium International
6th Overall Tour de Romandie
2014
1st   Overall Critérium International
2nd Overall Tour Méditerranéen
1st Stage 5
2nd Overall Tour de France
3rd Overall Tour of the Basque Country
4th Overall Tirreno–Adriatico
5th Overall Tour de l'Ain
10th UCI World Tour
2015
1st   Overall Critérium International
1st Stage 3
8th Boucles de l'Aulne
2016
9th Overall Giro del Trentino

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
  Giro d'Italia DNF
  Tour de France 9 44 DNF 2 61
  Vuelta a España 39 13
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

Other major stage racesEdit

Race 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Paris–Nice 8 6 90 3 DNF
Tirreno–Adriatico 4 24
Volta a Catalunya Did not contest during career
Tour of the Basque Country 4 60 4 17 3 16
Tour de Romandie DNF 40 96 6 32 31
Critérium du Dauphiné DNF 7 68 37 31
Tour de Suisse 13 56

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bio on results.beijing2008.cn
  2. ^ Mountain bike star upsets roadies in French TT champs
  3. ^ Cyclingnews: Peraud crashes out of Tour de France, july 2013
  4. ^ https://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/Peraud-une-saison-de-haut-vol/485038
  5. ^ "Tour de France: Vincenzo Nibali completes race victory". BBC. 27 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Jean-Christophe Peraud repeats as Criterium International champ". VeloNews. Competitor Group, Inc. 29 March 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015.

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