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Nacer Bouhanni (born 25 July 1990) is a French professional racing cyclist, who rides for UCI Professional Continental Team Cofidis.[1] A sprinter, he was the winner of the 2012 French National Road Race Championships.[2] Although his first Grand Tour was in 2012, his real breakthrough was in 2014 when he won three stages and the points classification in the Giro d'Italia. In August 2014 it was announced that Bouhanni would leave FDJ and join Cofidis on a two-year deal from 2015.[1]

Nacer Bouhanni
Fourmies - Grand Prix de Fourmies, 6 septembre 2015 (B102).JPG
Bouhanni at the 2015 Grand Prix de Fourmies
Personal information
Full name Nacer Bouhanni
Born (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990 (age 28)
Épinal, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Team information
Current team Cofidis
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Amateur team(s)
2006 UC Contrexéville Mirecourt
2007–2009 SC Sarreguemines
2010 UVCA Troyes
2010 Française des Jeux (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2011–2014 FDJ
2015– Cofidis
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
Points classification (2014)
3 individual stages (2014)
Vuelta a España
3 individual stages (2014, 2018)

Stage races

Tour de Picardie (2016)

Single-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2012)
Grand Prix de Fourmies (2013, 2017)
Tour de Vendée (2013, 2016)
Nokere Koerse (2017)

Other

UCI Europe Tour (2015, 2017)

Contents

CareerEdit

2011Edit

After a good amateur career, which saw him winning the national cycling military championships, he signed a contract with FDJ. In January he got his first professional stage win in La Tropicale Amissa Bongo.

2012Edit

Bouhanni won his first stage of the season by winning stage 1 of the Étoile de Bessèges. Later that season he got his breakthrough win by winning the National Road Race Championships ahead of his teammate Arnaud Démare. He also rode his first Grand Tour at Vuelta a España, where his best finish was second on stage 10.

2013Edit

2013 season started well with a stage win in the Tour of Oman. Afterwards he rode Paris–Nice, where he got a stage win and the leader jersey, however he crashed out of the race the very next day. He rode the Giro d'Italia, where he finished second to Mark Cavendish on the first stage. He retired on stage 13. He also rode his first Tour de France in 2013, however he got sick and retired after a crash on stage 5.

2014Edit

The 2014 season was very successful for Bouhanni, with numerous wins including three victories in the Giro d'Italia as well as earning the points jersey in that race.[3] In the 2014 Vuelta a España, Bouhanni won two mass sprints, Stages 2 and 8. The latter saw a battle occur in the crosswinds and Bouhanni managed to stay with the first group on the road to win the controversial sprint ahead of Michael Matthews and Peter Sagan.[4] After withdrawing from the Vuelta, Bouhanni gave an interview where he was critical of the FDJ management. As a response, Marc Madiot sidelined him for the remainder of the season, at the end of which Bouhanni left the team for Cofidis.[5]

2015Edit

He had to wait until April to get his first victory for his new team on the opening stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe in a bunch kick as the breakaway was caught inside the final kilometer.[6] He also won the last stage of the event.[7] A little later on that month, he won the Grand Prix de Denain for the second year in a row.[8] He won his team's first UCI World Tour race of the season on stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné in a bunch kick.[9] He repeated his winning ways on Stage 4 after a hectic finale which saw a flurry of attacks.[10] Bouhanni was forced to withdraw from the 2015 Tour de France after a crash at the 12 km (7.5 mi) mark of Stage 5.[11]

2016Edit

Bouhanni won stage 1 of the Volta a Catalunya and took the leader's jersey.

Bouhanni had to withdraw from the French national championships due to a hand injury sustained in an altercation with fellow guests at a hotel the night before the race.[12] The injury also caused him to withdraw from the 2016 Tour de France.[13]

On 21 August 2016 Bouhanni won the EuroEyes Cyclassics in the sprint but he was later relegated for irregular sprinting.

IncidentsEdit

Bouhanni was penalized one minute time for hitting another rider, Jack Bauer, in the 2017 Tour de France. The race jury also levied a fine of 200 CHF.[14] Bouhanni was also investigated after contact with Anthony Maldonado at the end of a stage in the Tour de l'Ain in August. The race jury decided to take no action.[15] Later in 2017, after the Paris–Bourges race, Bouhanni had to be separated from Rudy Barbier, who had won the race. Bouhanni subsequently apologised for his behaviour, but maintained that Barbier had ridden dangerously and irregularly in the finishing sprint.[16] In May 2018, French sports newspaper L'Équipe reported that Bouhanni had been involved in a "violent altercation" with Cofidis directeur sportif Roberto Damiani on the team's bus following the Eschborn–Frankfurt race, which Bouhanni did not finish.[17]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2010
5th Overall Tour de Gironde
1st Stage 2
2011
1st Stage 3 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
5th Grand Prix de la Somme
8th Grand Prix de Denain
8th Paris–Troyes
2012
1st   Road race, National Road Championships
1st   Overall Circuit de Lorraine
1st   Points classification
1st   Young rider classification
1st Stage 1
1st Halle–Ingooigem
1st Stage 1 Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 1 Tour de Wallonie
2nd Flèche d'Emeraude
2nd Paris–Bourges
6th Overall Tour de l'Eurométropole
1st Stage 4
9th Cholet-Pays de Loire
9th Grand Prix de Wallonie
2013
1st Val d'Ille Classic
1st Grand Prix de Fourmies
1st Tour de Vendée
Tour of Beijing
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 6 Tour of Oman
1st Stage 2 Circuit de la Sarthe
2nd Omloop van het Houtland
3rd Grand Prix de Denain
3rd Halle–Ingooigem
3rd Brussels Cycling Classic
8th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
2014
Giro d'Italia
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 4, 7 & 10
1st Azzurri d'Italia classification
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 2 & 8
Held   after Stages 2–3
Circuit de la Sarthe
1st   Points classification
1st Stage 1
1st Grand Prix de Denain
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 4 Eneco Tour
1st Stage 2 Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 1 Critérium International
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
3rd Le Samyn
3rd Nokere Koerse
10th Road race, UCI Road World Championships
2015
1st Overall French Road Cycling Cup
1st UCI Europe Tour
1st Halle–Ingooigem
1st Circuito de Getxo
1st Grand Prix d'Isbergues
1st Grand Prix de Denain
1st Nationale Sluitingsprijs
Critérium du Dauphiné
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 4
Circuit de la Sarthe
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 4
Tour de l'Ain
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
2nd Paris–Bourges
2nd Route Adélie
3rd Grand Prix de Fourmies
4th Trofeo Santanyi–Ses Salines–Campos
6th Milan–San Remo
9th Polynormande
2016
1st   Overall Tour de Picardie
1st   Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
1st Tour de Vendée
Volta a Catalunya
1st Stages 1 & 2
Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Stage 4 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 1 Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Andalucía
2nd Trofeo Playa de Palma
2nd Grand Prix de la Somme
2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
3rd Brussels Cycling Classic
4th Milan–San Remo
5th Clásica de Almería
7th Paris–Tours
2017
1st UCI Europe Tour
1st Grand Prix de Fourmies
1st Nokere Koerse
1st Paris–Camembert
1st Stage 4 Volta a Catalunya
1st Stage 2 Tour de Yorkshire
1st Stage 2 Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st Stage 2 Tour de l'Ain
2nd Road race, National Road Championships
2nd Grand Prix de Denain
3rd Scheldeprijs
3rd Trofeo Playa de Palma
8th Milan–San Remo
8th Bretagne Classic
9th EuroEyes Cyclassics
2018
1st Grote Prijs Marcel Kint
1st Stage 6 Vuelta a España
1st Stage 1 Route d'Occitanie
1st Stage 3 Four Days of Dunkirk
2nd Ronde van Limburg
6th Overall Dubai Tour

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Giro d'Italia DNF 140
  Tour de France DNF DNF 138
  Vuelta a España DNF DNF DNF DNF
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Hood, Andrew (1 August 2014). "Giro points champ Bouhanni to Cofidis; Boom to Astana". VeloNews. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  2. ^ Moore, Kyle (24 June 2012). "Nacer Bouhanni times it perfectly to grab first French tricolor". VeloNation. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  3. ^ "Bouhanni celebrates winning the Giro's points classification". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Vuelta a España: Bouhanni wins stage 8 in Albacete". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  5. ^ "FDJ sidelines Bouhanni in response to French interview". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  6. ^ Jean-François Quénet (7 April 2015). "Bouhanni claims first win of 2015 in Circuit Sarthe opener". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  7. ^ Jean-François Quénet (10 April 2015). "Navardauskas wins Circuit Sarthe overall". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  8. ^ Stephen Farrand (17 April 2015). "Bouhanni defends title at GP de Denain". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Critérium du Dauphiné: Bouhanni takes victory on stage 2". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Bouhanni wins stage 4 at Criterium du Dauphine; Dennis leads". Yahoo! News. Yahoo – ABC News Network. AP. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Nacer Bouhanni crashes out of the Tour de France". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  12. ^ "Bouhanni injured in fight with 'drunk' hotel guests at French Championships". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  13. ^ "Bouhanni's Tour de France absence a 'catastrophe' for Cofidis". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  14. ^ "Tour de France: Bouhanni penalized for hitting Quick-Step Floors rider". cyclingnews.com. 2017-07-12. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  15. ^ "More controversy for Bouhanni as rival taken to hospital after Tour de l'Ain clash". cyclingnews.com. 2017-08-11. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  16. ^ "Bouhanni apologises for behaviour after Paris-Bourges". cyclingnews.com. 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2017-10-07.
  17. ^ Robertshaw, Henry (9 May 2018). "Nacer Bouhanni reportedly involved in 'violent altercation' with Cofidis DS on team bus after race". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 19 May 2018.

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