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Rudy Molard (born 17 September 1989) is a French road bicycle racer, who currently rides for UCI WorldTeam Groupama–FDJ.[2]

Rudy Molard
Diksmuide - Ronde van België, etappe 3, individuele tijdrit, 30 mei 2014 (A132).JPG
Molard at the 2014 Tour of Belgium.
Personal information
Full nameRudy Molard
Born (1989-09-17) 17 September 1989 (age 29)
Gleizé, France
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight62 kg (137 lb; 9 st 11 lb)
Team information
Current teamGroupama–FDJ
DisciplineRoad
RoleRider
Rider typeClimber
Amateur team(s)
2008–2010CR4C Roanne
2011CC Étupes
Professional team(s)
2011Cofidis (stagiaire)
2012–2016Cofidis[1]
2017–FDJ

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CareerEdit

Molard spent 5 years with Cofidis before moving to FDJ in 2017. During his five year stint with Cofidis, Molard won a Stage at the 2015 Tour du Limousin. He also rode the Tour de France twice, finishing 73rd in 2013.[3] and 51st in 2014.

FDJ (2017–present)Edit

2017Edit

Molard finished 16th overall at Paris–Nice, and 24th at Tour of the Basque Country in his first season with FDJ. He had a great form during the spring classics, finishing 8th at La Flèche Wallonne, and 17th at Liège–Bastogne–Liège. He was included in the FDJ team at the 100th Giro d'Italia, and the Tour de France.[4]

2018Edit

Molard opened his 2018 season off by finishing 3rd overall at both the Tour La Provence, and the Tour du Haut Var. His next race was Paris–Nice, in which he managed to win Stage 6 from Sisteron to Vence. He attacked inside the final kilometer, and managed to get away from the front group. Molard went on to finish 15th overall. He rode the spring classics, and continued his form; he finished 15th at the Amstel Gold Race, 13th at La Flèche Wallonne and 26th at Liège–Bastogne–Liège.

As a preparation for the Tour de France, he rode the Critérium du Dauphiné, and then the French National Road Race Championships, where he finished 6th. His best result during the Tour de France, was 14th on Stage 16. A week after the Tour de France, he finished 11th at Clásica de San Sebastián. At the end of August, he started the Vuelta a España, and managed to get the Leaders Jersey on Stage 5, after being in the breakaway all day. He had the leaders jersey in 4 days before losing it on stage 9.

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

2011
3rd Time trial, National Under–23 Road Championships
UEC European Under–23 Road Championships
6th Road race
9th Time trial
10th Time trial, UCI Road World Under–23 Championships
2012
1st   Mountains classification Tour de l'Ain
3rd Overall Tour du Gévaudan Languedoc-Roussillon
2013
9th Grand Prix de la Ville de Lillers
10th Overall Tour du Gévaudan Languedoc-Roussillon
2014
4th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
1st   Young rider classification
9th Paris–Troyes
2015
3rd Overall Tour du Limousin
1st Stage 3
3rd Tour du Doubs
5th Overall Tour de Luxembourg
6th La Drôme Classic
9th Grand Prix de la Somme
9th Grand Prix de Wallonie
2017
8th La Flèche Wallonne
2018
1st Stage 6 Paris–Nice
3rd Overall Tour International Cycliste La Provence
3rd Overall Tour du Haut Var
Vuelta a España
Held   after Stages 5–8

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
  Giro d'Italia 44
  Tour de France 73 51 36 38
  Vuelta a España 113 30 14
Legend
Did not compete
DNF Did not finish

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cofidis, Solutions Credits (COF) - FRA". UCI Continental Circuits. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Groupama-FDJ confirm 28 riders for 2019". Cyclingnews.com. Immediate Media Company. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Profile". Tour de France. Amaury Sport Organisation. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Giro d'Italia 2017 Startlist". www.procyclingstats.com. Retrieved 2018-08-31.

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