Historic Overview Richard Virenque

Rider

Overall Rank67
NameRichard VIRENQUE
Country
  France
Date of birth19-Nov-1969 - Casablanca-Mar (Grand Casablanca)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Richard Virenque

Richard Virenque (born 19 November 1969) is a retired French professional road racing cyclist. He was one of the most popular French riders with fans for his boyish personality and his long, lone attacks. He was a climber, best remembered for winning the King of the Mountains competition of the Tour de France a record seven times and also for being one of the central figures in a widespread doping scandal in 1998: the Festina Affair.

As a result of this he was regularly displayed as a moronic rubber puppet with hypodermics in his head on the satirical television programme, Les Guignols de l'info. Virenque finished twice on the podium in the Tour de France (third in 1996 and second in 1997) and won several stages, among them Mont Ventoux in 2002. He is the 18th rider in the Tour to have won stages over 10 years apart. He wore the Maillot Jaune for two days in his entire career, perhaps ironically each day was also about ten years apart.

source - Wikipedia

Badges

7

Major Victories

Paris - Tours 2001
Giro del Piemonte 1996
G.P. d'Ouverture - La Marseillaise 1997
Tour de France - stages 1994 (1), 1995 (1), 1997 (1), 2000 (1), 2002 (1), 2003 (1), 2004 (1)
Giro d'Italia - stages 1999 (1)
Dauphiné Libéré - stages 1995 (2), 1996 (1), 1998 (1)
Route du Sud - stages 1994 (1)
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Seasons

Richard Virenque - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1991 R.M.O. 104 386
2. 1992 R.M.O. 872 50
3. 1993 Festina - Lotus 799 53
4. 1994 Festina - Lotus 2049 8
5. 1995 Festina - Lotus 1932 9
6. 1996 Festina - Lotus 2392 5
7. 1997 Festina - Lotus 2743 3
8. 1998 Festina - Lotus 1014 41
9. 1999 Team Polti 1504 20
10. 2000 Team Polti 1611 17
11. 2001 Domo - Farm Frites - Latexco 761 71
12. 2002 Domo - Farm Frites 1062 38
13. 2003 Quick Step - Davitamon 1109 36
14. 2004 Quick Step - Davitamon 740 81
Overall: 18692 67