Famous French Cyclists

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Bernard Hinault
(One of the Greatest Cyclists of All Time)
Bernard Hinault
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Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Yffiniac, France

Bernard Hinault is a French former professional cyclist, often counted among the best cyclists of all time. He has 147 professional victories, including five in the Tour de France, to his name.  In 1986, he was given the Legion of Honour; he retired the same year. He turned to farming after his retirement. 

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Jacques Anquetil
(French Road Racing Cyclist and the First Cyclist to Win the 'Tour de France' Five Times)
Jacques Anquetil
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Birthdate: January 8, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mont-Saint-Aignan, France
Died: November 18, 1987

Jacques Anquetil was a French professional road racing cyclist. He was the first person to win five Tour de France races. At the time of his retirement, Anquetil had won eight Grand Tours, which was a record at that time. He was also a controversial figure who spoke openly about his dependency on drugs to compete in races.

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Laurent Fignon
(French Professional Road Bicycle Racer Who Was a Two-Time Winner of the 'Tour de France')
Laurent Fignon
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Birthdate: August 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 31, 2010

Laurent Fignon was a French professional road bicycle racer. He won the Tour de France in 1983 and 1984. He became the FICP World No. 1 in 1989 and also won the Giro d'Italia the same year. One of the most successful cyclists of his era, he won many classic races. He retired in 1993. 

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Julian Alaphilippe
(French Professional Road Cyclist, Former Cyclo-Cross Racer and Two-Time UCI World Road Champion)
Julian Alaphilippe
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Birthdate: June 11, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Amand-Montrond, France

French cyclist Julian Alaphilippe is the brother of another prominent cyclist, Bryan Alaphilippe. The son of an orchestra conductor, he loved playing the drums as a child, but switched to cycling at age 13. Named France’s best sportsman more than once, he is the current UCI World Road Champion.

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Romain Bardet
(French Professional Racing Cyclist)
Romain Bardet
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Birthdate: November 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brioude, France

Apart from being an acclaimed cyclist, Romain Bardet is also a business management degree holder and has worked as a PR agent, too. Known for both his prowess as an athlete and his uncanny resemblance to Benedict Cumberbatch, he now represents the UCI World Team cycling team DSM.

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Raymond Poulidor
(French Professional Racing Cyclist)
Raymond Poulidor
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Birthdate: April 15, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Masbaraud-Mérignat, France
Died: November 13, 2019

Raymond Poulidor, or Pou-Pou, was an acclaimed French cyclist who had a life-long association with Mercier. His lack of wins at the Tour de France, in spite of 8 podium finishes, earned him the tag of The Eternal Second. Born to farmers, he took up racing at 16 after reading a sports magazine.

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Marion Rousse
(French Former Racing Cyclist)
Marion Rousse
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Birthdate: August 17, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint-Saulve, France

With famous cyclists in her family, Marion Rousse became a talented cyclist in her own right. A champion for women’s cycling, she now heads the Tour de France Femmes as its director. She is also a successful TV consultant who has appeared on shows such as Les rois de la pédale.

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Nicolas Portal
(French Directeur Sportif and Professional Road Bicycle Racer)
Nicolas Portal
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Birthdate: April 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Auch, France
Died: March 3, 2020

A former cyclist with Team Sky, Nicolas Portal later headed the organization as its manager and then as its lead directeur sportif. Part of the backroom team that led to Chris Froome’s four Tour de France wins, Portal stunned his co-workers and fans with his abrupt death of a heart attack at 40.

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Pauline Ferrand-Prévot
(French Multi-Discipline Bicycle Racer)
Pauline Ferrand-Prévot
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Birthdate: February 10, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reims, France

Born to parents who ran a bicycle school, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and her two siblings gained an interest in racing in their early years. Apart from winning the XCO world championship thrice, she also became the first to hold the road, the cyclocross, and the mountain bike world titles simultaneously.

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Laurent Jalabert
(French Former Professional Road Racing Cyclist)
Laurent Jalabert
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Birthdate: November 30, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mazamet, France

Known as Jaja, for his love for wine, Laurent Jalabert is a former world number one cyclist from France, who, unfortunately, never won a Tour de France title. With his Vuelta a España win in 1995, he became the second cyclist, after Eddy Merckx, to win three jerseys in a Grand Tour.

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Richard Virenque
(Retired French Professional Road Racing Cyclist)
Richard Virenque
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Birthdate: November 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Casablanca, Morocco

Known for his boyish looks and his reputation as a mountain climber, Richard Virenque is a three-time Olympian who has also won the Tour de France King of the Mountains contest 7 times. He was involved in the Festina doping scandal, and though he wasn’t implicated, he later admitted to doping.

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David Gaudu
(French Professional Cyclist)
David Gaudu
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Birthdate: October 10, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Landivisiau, France

David Gaudu is a French cyclist who rides for the professional cycling team Groupama–FDJ. Gaudu won the prestigious Tour de l'Avenir, an U23 cycling race, in 2016. He then went on to win the Peace Race U23, after which he earned a two-year contract with Groupama–FDJ.

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Arnaud Démare
(French Professional Road Racing Cyclist)
Arnaud Démare
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Birthdate: August 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beauvais, France

Arnaud Démare is a French road racing cyclist who won the UCI World Under-23 Road Race Championship title in 2011. Démare, who currently rides for the popular cycling team Groupama–FDJ, also won the Milan–San Remo in 2016.

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Julien Absalon
(French Cross-Country Mountain Biker)
Julien Absalon
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Birthdate: August 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Remiremont, France

Regarded as one of the greatest cross-country mountain bikers ever, Julien Absalon is a 7-time mountain bike cross-country World Cup winner. He is also a 4-time Olympian and has an Olympic gold medal in his kitty, too. While he was previously with Bianchi and Orbea, he now represents the BMC Racing Team.

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Thibaut Pinot
(French Professional Road Bicycle Racer)
Thibaut Pinot
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Birthdate: May 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mélisey, France

The son of the mayor of Mélisey, Thibaut Pinot had started cycling at age 8 and later rose to become one of the most celebrated cyclists in France. While he initially wished to become a footballer, he later switched to cycling and now represents Groupama–FDJ for UCI WorldTeam.

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Jeannie Longo
(French Racing Cyclist, 25-Time French Champion and 13-Time World Champion)
Jeannie Longo
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Birthdate: October 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Annecy, France
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Loïc Bruni
(French Mountain Biker)
Loïc Bruni
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Birthdate: May 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nice, France
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Maurice Garin
(French Road Bicycle Racer Best Known for Winning the Inaugural Tour de France in 1903)
Maurice Garin
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Birthdate: March 3, 1871
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Arvier, Italy
Died: February 19, 1957

Born in Italy, Maurice Garin initially worked as a chimney sweep and later continued with his profession in Belgium and France. He later launched a cycle shop with his brothers and gradually moved on to professional racing. He eventually created history by becoming the first Tour de France winner.

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Guillaume Martin
(French Cyclist)
Guillaume Martin
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Birthdate: June 9, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France

Guillaume Martin, who plays for the UCI team Cofidis, has competed in the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. He is also an Olympian. The son of an aikido teacher father, he is well-versed in martial arts. A philosophy major, too, he has penned the book Socrates By Bike.

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Louison Bobet
(French Professional Road Racing Cyclist)
Louison Bobet
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Birthdate: March 12, 1925
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint-Méen-le-Grand, France
Died: March 13, 1983

Louison Bobet was a French road racing cyclist who became the first competitor to win the prestigious Tour de France for three consecutive years starting from 1953. Widely regarded as one of the greatest French riders of the post-war period, Louison Bobet also won several other races, including the National Road Championship, Milan–San Remo, and the World Road Championship.

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Éric Barone
(French Cyclist)
Éric Barone
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Birthdate: November 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oyonnax, France

Éric Barone is a French sportsman and cyclist. He holds the world record for having achieved the highest speed for bicycles on both gravel and snow. His speed record on snow is 141.499 mph, while his record on gravel is 107 mph. Barone has also acted as stunt double for actors like Adrian Paul, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Sylvester Stallone.

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Henri Desgrange
(French Cyclist)
Henri Desgrange
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Birthdate: January 31, 1865
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 16, 1940

Henri Desgrange was a French sports journalist and bicycle racer. During his illustrious racing career, Desgrange set 12 track cycling records, such as the hour record. Henri Desgrange is also remembered as the founder of the Tour de France and served as the event's first organizer. Desgrange is also credited with inspiring a generation of people to practice physical exercises.

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Robert Marchand
(French Centenarian Cyclist)
Robert Marchand
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Birthdate: November 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amiens, France
Died: May 22, 2021

Initially a fire fighter in Paris, cyclist Robert Marchand was also a World War II prisoner of war. He became a Guinness record holder as the world’s oldest competitive cyclist, at 105. Initially discouraged from cycling for his 5-foot frame, he returned to cycling at 68 and created history.

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Charly Mottet
(French Former Professional Cyclist)
Charly Mottet
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Birthdate: December 16, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valence, Drôme, France
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Antonin Magne
(French Cyclist and Sporting Director)
Antonin Magne
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Birthdate: February 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ytrac, France
Died: September 8, 1983

Antonin Magne was a French professional cyclist best remembered for winning the popular Tour de France twice. Magne went on to become a team manager after competing as a professional from 1927 to 1939. His introverted nature earned him the sobriquet The Monk.

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André Leducq
(French Cyclist)
André Leducq
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Birthdate: February 27, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint-Ouen-sur-Seine, France
Died: June 18, 1980
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Maurice Farman
(British-French Aviation Pioneer, Motor Racer, Cyclist, and Aircraft Manufacturer)
Maurice Farman
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Birthdate: March 21, 1877
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 25, 1964

British-French motor racer, aviator, and aircraft manufacturer Maurice Farman was also a champion in tandem cycling. He and his brother, Henri, completed the world’s first circular flight of over 1km. He also made pioneering studies in aerial radiotelephony, while his company introduced the world’s first long-distance passenger plane, Goliath.

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Andre Darrigade
(French Retired Professional Road Bicycle Racer)
Andre Darrigade
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Birthdate: April 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Narrosse, France

Andre Darrigade is a French former professional road bicycle racer who competed from 1951 to 1966. Widely regarded as one of the greatest sprinters of his generation, Darrigade won the World Championship as a road sprinter in 1959. He also won 22 stages of the prestigious Tour de France.

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François Faber
(Luxembourgian Racing Cyclist)
François Faber
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Birthdate: January 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aulnay-sur-Iton, France
Died: May 9, 1915

François Faber was a Luxembourgian professional road racing cyclist. In 1909, Faber became the first non-native to win the prestigious Tour de France, although he considered himself French. Faber's record of winning five successive stages in Tour de France remains unbeaten. François Faber died at the age of 28 while fighting for France during the First World War.

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Bernard Thevenet
(French Retired Professional Cyclist)
Bernard Thevenet
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Birthdate: January 10, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Julien-de-Civry, France

Bernard Thevenet is a French former professional cyclist. Although he won the prestigious Tour de France twice, bringing an end to the reign of five-time champion Eddy Merckx in the process, Thévenet's image as a sportsperson was tarnished when he admitted to using steroids as a cyclist after his retirement. He is also a two-time winner of the Dauphiné Libéré.

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Pierre Trentin
(French Retired Cyclist and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Pierre Trentin
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Birthdate: May 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Créteil, France
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Laurent Gané
(Former Track cyclist)
Laurent Gané
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Birthdate: March 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nouméa, New Caledonia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Roger Beaufrand
(French Cyclist and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Roger Beaufrand
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Birthdate: September 25, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: La Garenne-Colombes, France
Died: March 14, 2007