The dream of a territory (which was annexed to France in 1532 but has retained its distinct flavour) ever since Hinault retired came true with the participation since the 2014 Tour de France of an unashamedly Breton team whose main sponsor was the regional council, headed by statesman and great cycling aficionado Jean-Yves Le Drian. It was the first regional team from western France (more specifically, South—South-West) to take part in the Tour de France since 1961.
Its passion for cycling and four Tour winners (Lucien Petit-Breton, Jean Robic, Louison Bobet and Bernard Hinault) make Brittany a hotbed and, in some way, the cradle of French cycling. However, more than twenty years have gone by since the last time a Breton rider wore the yellow jersey (Stéphane Heulot in 1996). Before signing for the team from his home region, Warren Barguil ended a 23-year drought in Foix in 2017, when he became the first Breton to win a stage since Pascal Lino in 1994.
It was born in 1994 as an amateur team under the initiative of industrialist and cycling lover Jean Floc'h, whose name still appears on the jersey. It became a professional squad in 2005 and entered the second division of the sport in 2011. Bretagne-Séché Environnement became Fortuneo, which has raced with a variety of co-sponsors, and then Arkéa–Samsic. The team turned heads in its first Tour de France starts thanks to joining numerous breakaways, Brice Feillu's 16th place overall in 2014 (an exploit he matched in 2017) and the striking disqualification in 2015 of its Argentinian leader Eduardo Sepúlveda, who lost his nerve after a mechanical problem and hitched a ride in a car, as well as British sprinter Dan McLay bursting onto the stage with a third place in Montauban in 2016. Signing Warren Barguil as its leader and André Greipel as its fast man has taken the outfit to a whole new level. The author of a sensational performance in the 2017 Tour will be out to prove that he is not a one-hit wonder, while another Breton, rising star Élie Gesbert, has raised expectations after finishing the Tour of Oman as the best young rider.
Overall wins : 0
Stage wins : 0
Secondary classification wins : 0
Yellow jerseys : 0
5: The number of Tour de France starts by the Bretagne-Séché Environnement team, later renamed Fortuneo-Vital Concept, Fortuneo-Oscaro, Fortuneo–Samsic and then Arkéa–Samsic.
5 July 2014: First kilometre of racing for Bretagne-Séché Environnement on the Tour de France and its first breakaway, launched by Benoît Jarrier.
7 July 2016: Dan McLay claims the first Tour de France stage podium for the team with a third place in Montauban behind Mark Cavendish and Marcel Kittel.
23 July 2017: Brice Feillu finishes sixteenth overall in the Tour de France (like in 2014), one place higher than Warren Barguil in 2018.
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