Groupama–FDJ

Groupama–FDJ
FDJ (cycling team) logo.png
Team information
UCI codeGFC
RegisteredFrance
Founded1997 (1997)
DisciplineRoad
StatusUCI WorldTeam
BicyclesLapierre
ComponentsTeam home page
Key personnel
General managerMarc Madiot
Team name history
1997–2002
2003–2004
2005–2010[N 1]
2010–2011[N 2]
2012
2013[N 3]
2013–2014[N 4]
2015–2018
2018–
La Française des Jeux
FDJeux.com
La Française des Jeux
FDJ
FDJ–BigMat
FDJ
FDJ.fr
FDJ[1]
Groupama–FDJ
Groupama–FDJ jersey
Jersey
Current season
Lövkvist signing in at Tarbes during the 2006 Tour de France

Groupama–FDJ[2] (UCI team code: GFC) is a French cycling team at UCI WorldTeam level. The team is managed by Marc Madiot, a former road bicycle racer and a former winner of the Paris–Roubaix classic. The team is predominantly French.

History

The team was founded on the initiative of Marc Madiot after he retired from racing in 1994 following a leg-breaking crash in that year's edition of Paris–Roubaix. After a period in the mid-1990s when the professional cycling scene in France was contracting - resulting in the 1996 French National Road Race Championships elite race being held on a pro–am basis due to the reduced number of professional riders - by the time of the team's launch in 1997 they faced competition for riders in France from fellow newcomers Cofidis as well as the expanding Casino team and the already established GAN outfit. The team's initial lineup included younger French riders such as teenagers Nicolas Vogondy and Damien Nazon as well as more experienced foreign racers like Davide Rebellin, Mauro Gianetti, Max Sciandri and Andrea Peron. The inaugural squad also included the reigning French national champions in road racing, time trialling and cyclo-cross - Stéphane Heulot, Eddy Seigneur and Christophe Mengin respectively.[3]

In their first season the team only took a total of 13 wins - however these included several high profile victories such as Frédéric Guesdon's triumph at Paris–Roubaix, a stage win for Mengin at the Tour de France and victories for Rebellin at the Clásica de San Sebastián and Züri-Metzgete.[3]

In the 2003 edition of Tour de France, Australian individual time trial specialist Bradley McGee won the prologue stage to wear the yellow jersey for a few days. McGee was also able to win the prologue of the following year's Giro d'Italia, wore the pink jersey for three days and finished the race in the top ten (finishing eighth). Sprinter Baden Cooke won the green jersey for the points competition.

On 31 October 2012, it emerged that BigMat would no longer sponsor the team, with the team choosing to focus on finding another co-sponsor for the 2014 season.[4]

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Bahasa Indonesia: FDJ.fr
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македонски: Групама-ФДЖ
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português: Groupama-FDJ
română: FDJ
русский: FDJ.fr
svenska: FDJ.fr