Cofidis (cycling team)

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Team data
UCI code COF
nationality FranceFrance France
License UCI WorldTeam
operator Cofidis Compétition EUSRL
First season 1997
discipline Street
Wheel manufacturer De Rosa
General manager FranceFrance Cédric Vasseur
Sportl. ladder FranceFrance Christian Guiberteau
Name story
Years Surname
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Cofidis, le Crédit en Ligne
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Cofidis is a French cycling team in road cycling . The main sponsor is the French telecommunications company Cofidis .


The team was founded in 1997. The founding squad included drivers such as Tony Rominger and Lance Armstrong . Armstrong never contested a race for Cofidis because of his testicular cancer , which was recognized shortly after the contract was signed, as Cofidis immediately withdrew from the contract when his illness became known. After the restructuring of the categories in road cycling in 2005, Cofidis became a UCI ProTeam (today's name: UCI WorldTeam ). For the 2010 season, Cofidis only appeared as the UCI Professional Continental Team . Team boss Eric Boyer justified this step with the fact that it wants to be flexible in the use of its drivers; However, ProTeams were obliged to take part in all races of the UCI ProTour racing series or the successor series UCI WorldTour . For the 2020 season, the team applied for a license as a UCI WorldTeam and was registered accordingly.

The team is a member of the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Crédible (MPCC for short; German: Movement for credible cycling).

Until 2010, this team also included a track cycling team.


After undercover investigations by the French judiciary, house searches of employees and athletes of the Cofidis team took place in July 2002. One supervisor turned out to be the head of a procurement and distribution network for banned substances. Doping agents were found in racing driver Marek Rutkiewicz , track driver Robert Sassone made a partial confession and Philippe Gaumont explained as a key witness that the team management had at least known about the usual doping practice in the team. In April 2004, growth hormones were found in racing driver Médéric Clain .

Cofidis then canceled all races and adopted its own anti-doping rules. Nevertheless, empty EPO vials were discovered at David Millar's house in a house search at the end of June .

Millar was banned for two years; Clain relieved. In January 2007 the criminal sanction followed: Millar and the racing driver Massimiliano Lelli were acquitted because their offenses probably did not take place in France. The team also had to pay Lelli compensation for his immediate dismissal. The former supervisor received a prison sentence, as did Gaumont, Sassone, Rutkiewicz and other drivers, albeit on probation.

This so-called Cofidis affair sparked lively discussions in France and led to a tightening of the rules.

Even after this affair there were further doping cases in the team:

After the 16th stage of the 2007 Tour de France it became known that the driver Christian Moreni had tested positive for testosterone after the 11th stage from Marseille to Montpellier . Cofidis then immediately withdrew his team from the Tour de France.

On the first day of rest of the Tour de France 2012 , the team hotel was searched by the police by Cofidis and Rémy Di Gregorio was brought to Marseille for questioning about possible involvement in a doping affair . The investigation has been running since mid-2011, when Di Gregorio was driving for the Pro Team Astana .

2020 season

Success in the UCI Continental Circuits

date run Cat. driver
January 20th GabonGabon1st stage La Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2.1 ItalyItaly Attilio Viviani
21st of February FranceFrance1st stage Tour des Alpes-Maritimes et du Var 2.1 FranceFrance Anthony Perez


Wikidata logo S.svgTeam roster
Surname Date of birth country Previous team
Piet Allegaert January 20, 1995 BEL Belgium Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (2019)
Fernando Barceló January 6, 1996 ESP Spain Euskadi Basque Country-Murias (2019)
Natnael Berhane 5th January 1991 ERI Eritrea Dimension Data (2018)
Dimitri Claeys June 18, 1987 BEL Belgium Wanty-Groupe Gobert (2016)
Simone Consonni September 12, 1994 ITA Italy UAE Team Emirates (2019)
Nicolas Edet 2nd December 1987 FRA France Véranda Rideau Sarthe 72 (2010)
Eddy Finé November 20, 1997 FRA France VC Villefranche Beaujolais (2019)
Nathan Haas March 12, 1989 OUT Australia Katusha-Alpecin (2019)
Jesper Hansen October 23, 1990 THE Denmark Astana (2018)
Jesús Herrada July 26, 1990 ESP Spain Movistar (2017)
José Herrada October 1, 1985 ESP Spain Movistar (2017)
Victor Lafay January 17, 1996 FRA France
Christophe Laporte December 11, 1992 FRA France AVC Aix-en-Provence (2013)
Mathias Le tournament March 14, 1995 FRA France Océane Top 16 (2016)
Cyril Lemoine March 3, 1983 FRA France Soy Sun (2013)
Guillaume Martin June 9, 1993 FRA France Wanty-Gobert (2019)
Luis Ángel Maté March 23, 1984 ESP Spain Androni Giocattoli - Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni (2010)
Marco Mathis April 7, 1994 GER Germany Katusha-Alpecin (2018)
Emmanuel Morin March 13, 1995 FRA France
Anthony Perez April 22, 1991 FRA France AVC Aix-en-Provence (2015)
Pierre-Luc Périchon 4th January 1987 FRA France Fortuneo-Samsic (2018)
Stéphane Rossetto April 6, 1987 FRA France BigMat-Auber 93 (2014)
Fabio Sabatini February 18, 1985 ITA Italy Deceuninck-Quick-Step (2019)
Damien Touzé July 7, 1996 FRA France Saint Michel-Auber 93 (2018)
Kenneth Vanbilsen June 1, 1990 BEL Belgium Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise (2014)
Julien Vermote July 26, 1989 BEL Belgium Dimension Data (2019)
Attilio Viviani October 18, 1996 ITA Italy Sangemini-Trevigiani-MG.K Vis (2019)
Elia Viviani February 7, 1989 ITA Italy Deceuninck-Quick-Step (2019)
Source: UCI

Placements in UCI rankings

UCI world rankings

season Team evaluation Driver ranking
World ranking 1997 22nd ItalyItaly Maurizio Fondriest (107.)
World ranking 1998 11. ItalyItaly Francesco Casagrande (16.)
World ranking 1999 16. BelgiumBelgium Frank Vandenbroucke (3rd)
World ranking 2000 15th BelgiumBelgium Jo Planckaert (71st)
World ranking 2001 7th United KingdomUnited Kingdom David Millar (16.)
World ranking 2002 8th. BelgiumBelgium Jo Planckaert (30.)
World ranking 2003 7th United KingdomUnited Kingdom David Millar (20th)
World ranking 2004 10. AustraliaAustralia Stuart O'Grady (8th)
UCI ProTour 2005 11. FranceFrance David Moncoutié (30.)
UCI ProTour 2006 12. ItalyItaly Cristian Moreni (30.)
UCI ProTour 2007 12. BelgiumBelgium Maxime Monfort (72nd)
UCI ProTour 2008 16. BelgiumBelgium Nick Nuyens (31.)
World Calendar 2009 20th EstoniaEstonia Pure Taaramäe (49.)
World calendar 2010 20th EstoniaEstonia Pure Taaramäe (44.)
2011-2018 - -
World ranking 2019 21st SpainSpain Jesús Herrada (56.)

UCI Africa Tour

season Team evaluation Driver ranking
2010 4th FranceFrance Samuel Dumoulin (24.)
2011 - 2012 - -
2013 11. FranceFrance Adrien Petit (54th)
2014 13. SpainSpain Egoitz García (29.)
2015 - 2018 - -

UCI America Tour

season Team evaluation Driver ranking
2010 - 2014 - -
2015 29 FranceFrance Anthony Turgis (77th)
2016 - 2018 - -

UCI Asia Tour

season Team evaluation Driver ranking
2010 - 2014 - -
2015 57. FranceFrance Nacer Bouhanni (186.)
2016 80. FranceFrance Nacer Bouhanni (384.)
2017 - -
2018 29 SpainSpain Jesús Herrada (72.)

UCI Europe Tour

season Team evaluation Driver ranking
2010 4th BelgiumBelgium Jens Keukeleire (7th)
2011 5. FranceFrance Tony Gallopin (14.)
2012 7th FranceFrance Samuel Dumoulin (7th)
2013 11. FranceFrance Adrien Petit (60th)
2014 3. FranceFrance Julien Simon (7th)
2015 2. FranceFrance Nacer Bouhanni (1st)
2016 3. FranceFrance Nacer Bouhanni (8.)
2017 2. FranceFrance Nacer Bouhanni (1st)
2018 2. FranceFrance Hugo Hofstetter (1st)

UCI Oceania Tour

season Team evaluation Driver ranking
2005 9. AustraliaAustralia Christopher Sutton (10th)
2010 - 2018 - -

Track bike team

The Cofidis Sprint Team at the 2007/2008 Track Cycling World Cup in Los Angeles

The drivers of the UCI Track Team Cofidis were without exception specialists for the short-term disciplines on the track . The sport director was the multiple world and Olympic champion Arnaud Tournant . The contract of multiple world champion Mickaël Bourgain , who twice became world champion in team sprints with Tournant , was not renewed in 2009 after ten years with the team. The newcomers to the team in 2010, Mulder and Levy, were the first non-French to sign for the Cofidis track cycling team. At the end of 2010 the track bike team was dissolved.

Team 2010
Surname birthday nationality
Quentin Lafargue 17th November 1990 FranceFrance France
Maximilian Levy June 26, 1987 GermanyGermany Germany
Teun Mulder June 18, 1981 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands
François Pervis October 16, 1984 FranceFrance France
Kévin Sireau April 18, 1987 FranceFrance France

Individual evidence

  1. Cofidis gets out of the ProTour from accessed on July 3, 2008
  2. of March 8, 2012: GreenEdge joins MPCC, movement wants international sanctioning body introduced
  3. Ralf Meutgens: Doping in cycling , Bielefeld 2007, pp. 301f. ISBN 9783768852456
  4. Doping: Italian Moreni tested positive on tour, accessed on July 3, 2008
  5. Police interrogate doping offender Moreni, accessed on July 3, 2008
  6. Remy Di Gregorio interrogated on suspicion of doping, accessed on July 10, 2012
  7. "Cofidis recrute le cycliste allemand Levy" accessed on January 6, 2010
  8. L'équipe Cofidis se retire à la fin de l'année on (French)

Web links

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