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László Bodrogi (born 11 December 1976 in Budapest, Hungary) is a former Hungarian and French professional road bicycle racer, specializing in the individual time trial.

László Bodrogi
2011 UCI Road World Championship - László Bodrogi.jpg
Bodrogi during the time trials at the 2011 UCI Road World Championships
Personal information
Full nameLászló Bodrogi
Born (1976-12-11) 11 December 1976 (age 42)
Budapest, Hungary
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
DisciplineRoad and track
RoleRider
Rider typeTime-trialist
Amateur team(s)
1991FTC
1992BVSC-Intertraverz
1993KSI
1994Stollwerck-FTC
1995–1996AC Bisontine
1997–1998VC Vaux-en-Velin
1999CC Étupes
1999Saint-Quentin-Oktos-MBK (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2000–2002Mapei–Quick-Step
2003–2004Quick-Step–Davitamon
2005–2008Crédit Agricole
2009–2010Team Katusha
2011–2012Team Type 1–Sanofi Aventis
Major wins
Stage races
Tour de Luxembourg (2005)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships
(2003, 2004, 2006)
National Time Trial Championships
(2002, 2006, 2007, 2008)

BiographyEdit

László was born in 1976 in Budapest, Hungary. His father, László Bodrogi, managed his career from his childhood.

Early success in HungaryEdit

In the nineties, Hungarian bicycle manufacturer Schwinn-Csepel (successor of Csepel) was his main sponsor. In turn, he was the main athlete of the company. Among other products, he tested and raced the Schwinn-Csepel magnesium alloy road frame. He competed in various Hungarian teams, including FTC (1991), BVSC-Intertraverz (1992), KSI (1993) and Stollwerck-FTC (1994).

Moving to FranceEdit

In 1995, after his father got a job as a doctor in France, László settled down in France and started training in the AC Bisontine team. He quit his university studies to devote his life to his sports career. After a fruitful season in 1996, he was invited to VC Lyon (VC Vaux-en-Velin), the youth team of Festina. After Festina was shaken by the doping scandals of the Tour de France, Laszlo got little attention from the team. He moved on to CC Étupes in 1999.

Professional careerEdit

In 2000, he started his professional cycling career in Mapei–Quick-Step and won the bronze in the world championship. In 2007, he scored the best result of the Hungarian cycling history by winning the silver medal in the same discipline after Fabian Cancellara.

He raced in the Tour de France in 2005 and finished in 119th place.[1] To date, he is the only Hungarian cyclist to participate in the Tour.

After gaining French citizenship in 2008, he rides for France now. Consequently, he resigned from participating in the Hungarian championship. Between 1997 and 2008, he won the national road champion title three and the individual time trial champion title ten times.

He suffered a leg injury at the Tour of Germany in 2008, resulting in an 8-month recovery period.[2] After Credit Agricole ceased sponsoring its cycling team, László joined the Katusha team. In 2010, he started preparing for the world championship, although the riders are not qualified yet.

He lives with his family in Ney. He is married to a French woman, Catherine, and has two children.

Major resultsEdit

2000
1st Duo Normand (with Daniele Nardello)
3rd   Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2002
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Eddy Merckx Grand Prix (with Fabian Cancellara)
1st Prologue Paris–Nice
2nd Dwars door Vlaanderen
2nd Grand Prix des Nations
2nd Memorial Fausto Coppi
3rd Overall Danmark Rundt
1st Stage 4b
2003
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Paris–Brussels
2nd Eddy Merckx Grand Prix
2004
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st Stage 3b Three Days of De Panne
2005
1st   Overall Tour de Luxembourg
2nd Tour de Vendée
2006
National Road Championships
1st   Road race
1st   Time trial
1st Stage 6 Tour of Austria
2007
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
1st Chrono des Herbiers
2nd   Time trial, UCI Road World Championships
2008
1st   Time trial, National Road Championships
2010
3rd Time trial, National Road Championships
2011
5th Paris–Tours
2012
3rd Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes

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