Frédéric Guesdon

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Frédéric Guesdon
Frédéric Guesdon

Frédéric Guesdon (born October 14, 1971 in Saint-Méen-le-Grand in Brittany ) is a former French cyclist and sports director .


Frédéric Guesdon began his professional career in 1995 with the cycling team Le Groupement and moved to the Italian team Polti in 1996 and a year later to the French team La Française des Jeux , where he rode until the end of his career.

He celebrated his first professional success in 1997 when he won the Classic Haribo one-day race . A little later he achieved the greatest triumph of his active career: He won the classic Paris – Roubaix in the sprint of a top group in the u. a. Jo Planckaert , Johan Museeuw and Frédéric Moncassin drove. In 2000 and 2002 he was able to win two more stages at the Dauphiné Libéré . Another classic victory was achieved by Guesdon when he was one of the last two remaining members of a larger escape group to win the autumn classic Paris-Tours in a sprint against Kurt Asle Arvesen .

Guesdon, who wanted to end his career at Paris-Roubaix in 2012 as a record participant and winner of 1997, had to fight his way back to the professional field after a hip fracture at the Tour Down Under in January and drove in his seventeenth and last start as 88th with 18:52 Minutes behind the winner over the finish line, but was not classified because the time limit was exceeded . Guesdon took part in the Tour de France eight times during his career and only failed to finish once.

After his active career, he became the sporting director of his cycling team, FDJ.



Grand Tours placements

Grand Tour 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Maglia Rosa Giro d'Italia - - - - - - - DNF - -
Yellow jersey Tour de France 108 111 67 106 116 124 DNF - 129 -
Golden jersey Vuelta a España - - - - - - - - - DNF
Legend: DNF: did not finish , abandoned or withdrawn from the race due to timeout.


Individual evidence

  1. a b of March 25, 2012: Guesdon ready for final Paris-Roubaix
  2. of October 8, 2006: Zabel and Boonen give up early
  3. of April 8, 2012: Guesdon ends career with record-setting Roubaix

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