Groupama – FDJ
Groupama – FDJ
The legend says that the riders managed by Marc Madiot, a charismatic figure of cycling, used to psych up every 14 July by listening to La Marseillaise and Le chant des partisans in their team bus. The handful of foreigners (Bradley McGee, Baden Cooke, Philippe Gilbert) who have flourished in the team sponsored by the French national lottery can bear witness to the fact that Groupama–FDJ, formerly known as La Française des Jeux, fdjeux.com, FDJ-BigMat and FDJ.fr before becoming Groupama–FDJ in 2018, always flies the colours of the Tour de France's home nation.
From the very beginning in 1997, in the wake of Frédéric Guesdon's triumph in Paris–Roubaix, the team took a stage win in the Grande Boucle, courtesy of Christophe Mengin in Fribourg (Switzerland). It also made its mark on the centennial Tour (2003), where the Australian duo of McGee and Cooke took the prologue and the green jersey, respectively. Arnaud Démare's sprint victory in Vittel in 2017 while wearing the tricoloured jersey was a powerful symbol, especially after he followed it up with another triumph in Pau in 2018 to match Pierrick Fédrigo's 2012 exploit in Occitania.
The riders with the four-leaf clovers have raced in the Tour with varying degrees of success. Apart from Christophe Le Mével (tenth in 2009) and Sandy Casar (eleventh in 2009 and thirteenth in 2008), they have rarely come close to the top of the general classification, preferring to focus on stage hunting until the emergence in the 2012 Tour of Thibaut Pinot, winner in Porrentruy and the first rider under 23 years old to finish in the top 10 since 1947! Not much later, he stood on the podium, finishing third overall as the best young rider of the 2014 Tour de France and stoking hopes for the first French triumph since Bernard Hinault's fifth and last win in 1985.
His victory on the Alpe d'Huez in 2015 was another sign of renewed French cycling pride. He also had a stint in the polka-dot jersey in 2016 before sickness forced him to withdraw. His experiences in the Giro have been bittersweet, from fourth place in 2017 to having to withdraw in the penultimate stage of the 2018 Giro when he was sitting third overall. A salutary victory in Il Lombardia helped him to focus back on the Tour de France. The 2019 edition was a roller-coaster of emotions for the French rider, who was caught at the wrong end of a split in crosswinds on the road to Albi, bounced back to win the queen stage on the Tourmalet and rode himself back into contention for the yellow jersey before a dramatic withdrawal in the Alps. However, at age 30, he has staked his claim as a favourite to win the Tour de France while Groupama–FDJ continues to hone the next generation with the Breton duo of Valentin Madouas and David Gaudu.
- Final victory0
- Stages victories13
- Yellows Jerseys3
- Other races Won3
Stage wins: 13
- 1997: Christophe Mengin in Fribourg
- 2002: Bradley McGee in Avranches
- 2003: Bradley McGee in Paris (prologue) and Baden Cooke in Sedan
- 2007: Sandy Casar in Angoulême
- 2009: Sandy Casar in Bourg-Saint-Maurice
- 2010: Sandy Casar in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
- 2012: Thibaut Pinot in Porrentruy and Pierrick Fédrigo in Pau
- 2015: Thibaut Pinot on the Alpe d'Huez
- 2017: Arnaud Démare in Vittel
- 2018: Arnaud Démare in Pau
- 2019: Thibaut Pinot on the Tourmalet
Secondary classification wins: 3
- 2003: Baden Cooke (points classification)
- 2011: Jérémy Roy (most combative rider)
- 2014: Thibaut Pinot (best young rider)
Yellow jerseys: 3
- 2003: Bradley McGee, three days in 2003
A FIGURE 23:
participations in the Tour de France (continuously since 1997).
22 July 1997: the first emotions and the first stage win, courtesy of Christophe Mengin.
8 July 2003: three different leader jerseys worn in the same stage (McGee in yellow, Cooke in white and Mengin in polka dots) ahead of Cooke's victory in the final points classification
26 July 2014: after the time trial between Bergerac and Périgueux, FDJ climb onto the final podium of the Tour de France for the first time with Thibaut Pinot in third place and wearing the white jersey.
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