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Sandy Casar (born 2 February 1979) is a French former professional racing cyclist, who competed as a professional between 2000 and 2013, all for the Française des Jeux team.[1] His greatest results have been winning three stages of the Tour de France, as well the overall classification of the Route du Sud in 2005. He also won the one-day race Paris–Camembert in 2011.

Sandy Casar
Sandy Casar Giro.jpg
Casar at the 2012 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full nameSandy Casar
Born (1979-02-02) 2 February 1979 (age 40)
Mantes-la-Jolie, France
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight70 kg (154 lb)
Team information
Current teamRetired
Rider typeBreakaway Specialist
Professional team(s)
2000–2013Française des Jeux
Major wins
Tour de France, 3 stages
Route du Sud (2005)
Paris–Camembert (2011)



Born in Mantes-la-Jolie, Yvelines, Casar turned professional in 2000 after riding for Jean Floch-Mantes as an amateur. Casar's talent was revealed in Paris–Nice 2002, which he finished second at 23 years old. He finished 13th in the 2003 Giro d'Italia, in front of climber Marco Pantani. He had his biggest win in a stage of the 2003 Tour de Suisse. He then finished 16th in the 2004 Tour de France, and sixth in the 2006 Giro d'Italia, 25 minutes behind winner Ivan Basso. Casar also won the Route du Sud in 2005.

On 27 July 2007, he won his first Tour de France stage, beating Laurent Lefevre, Axel Merckx and Michael Boogerd in a sprint after a collision with a dog earlier in the day. He then finished 14th overall in the 2008 Tour de France.

In 2009, Casar finished second in the 16th stage of the 2009 Tour de France. Stage 16 was originally won by Mikel Astarloza. However, Astarloza was found after the Tour to have tested positive for EPO before the race had started.[2] The organisers stripped him of the stage win and Casar became the official stage winner.[3] Casar later finished 11th overall that year.

In 2010, Casar won the stage 9 of the 2010 Tour de France, after being part of a long breakaway that went over numerous categorized climb, including the Col de la Madeleine. The breakaway was down to only four units in the descent of the col, and got caught in the final kilometer by Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador, who had escaped from the main group on the Madeleine. Casar won the uphill sprint to take the prestigious victory in one of the toughest stages of that year's Tour.[4] In 2011, he won the Paris–Camembert classic, again after being part of a long breakaway. He tried to escape on a slope near the end, but was caught by four riders. He nonetheless prevailed in the sprint against these four, taking the win on the roads he trained on in his youth.[5]

On 6 September 2013, Casar announced his retirement from cycling.[6][7]

Career achievementsEdit

Major resultsEdit

Grand Tour general classification results timelineEdit

Grand Tour 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
  Giro d'Italia 13 81 6 25 DNF
  Tour de France 83 111 16 29 69 71 13 10 25 27 22
  Vuelta a España 19 DNF


  1. ^ "FDJ – FRA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 6 January 2013.
  2. ^ "Astarloza tests positive for EPO, UCI says". Velo News. Archived from the original on 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-07-06.
  3. ^ Augendre, Jacques (2010). "Guide Historique, Part 4" (PDF) (in French). Amaury Sport Organisation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 August 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Sandy Casar wins stage 9". RoadCC. 2011 ROADCYCLING.COM. 13 July 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  5. ^ Bjorn Haake (13 April 2011). "Casar wins Paris-Camembert". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  6. ^ "Cyclisme: Sandy Casar dit stop". Reuters France. 6 September 2013.
  7. ^ "Sandy Casar retires". cyclingnews. 6 September 2013.

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