Historic Overview Frédéric Guesdon

Rider

Overall Rank966
NameFrédéric GUESDON
Country
  France
Date of birth14-Oct-1971 - Saint Méen le Grand (Bretagne)
ContemporiesView Contemporary Ranking

Biography

Frédéric Guesdon

Frédéric Guesdon (born October 14, 1971) is a French former professional road bicycle racer who competed as a professional between 1995 and 2012, most notably for UCI ProTeam FDJ–BigMat, spending 16 years of his career with the team.

Guesdon was born in Saint-Méen-le-Grand, Brittany. He turned professional in 1995 with the French Le Groupement team and moved on to the Polti team in 1996, where he scored eleventh place at Paris–Roubaix and third place at the French championship. Guesdon had his breakthrough year in 1997. Having signed with the new Française des Jeux team, he scored an early victory for the team in the prestigious spring monument Paris–Roubaix. On the day, of his 1997 Paris-Roubaix victory, he persuaded his team director Marc Madiot to designate him a protected rider alongside his team leader Max Sciandri. After a race full of punctures, Guesdon was with the leading group, containing the defending champion Johan Museeuw, when they entered the velodrome and attacked early to win. Later he would put his race winning move down to inexperience. Guesdon also took victories at the Classic Haribo and a stage in the Tour du Limousin. Guesdon had to wait until 2000 for his next major victory, a stage in the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, a feat he repeated in 2002. Despite a complete lack of victories between this win and his next win, over three-and-a-half years later in the 2006 Tropicale Amissa Bongo, Guesdon remained loyal to Française des Jeux and Française des Jeux to him. This paid dividends when Guesdon won the 2006 UCI ProTour race Paris–Tours, his first ProTour victory and the first overall ProTour victory both for Française des Jeux since the inception of the competition in 2005. Following this result he would serve as a guide to new young team recruits.

In 1998 Madiot opined that Guesdon "[was] not a great rider, but he will have some great rides".

A hip injury at the 2012 Tour Down Under provided him with determination to recover for his swansong. He retired on 8 April 2012, after completing Paris–Roubaix.

source - Wikipedia

Major Victories

Paris - Tours 2006
Paris - Roubaix 1997
Tro-Bro Léon 2008
Dauphiné Libéré - stages 2000 (1), 2002 (1)
More results

Seasons

Frédéric Guesdon - Scores by Season


YearTeamScoreRank
1. 1995 F.F.C. - L.C.P.F. 10 657
2. 1996 Team Polti 215 218
3. 1997 La Francaise des Jeux 620 84
4. 1998 La Francaise des Jeux 252 216
5. 1999 La Francaise des Jeux 134 339
6. 2000 La Francaise des Jeux 412 167
7. 2001 La Francaise des Jeux 163 348
8. 2002 La Francaise des Jeux 119 443
9. 2003 Fdjeux.com 401 161
10. 2004 Fdjeux.com 242 260
11. 2005 Francaise des Jeux 271 225
12. 2006 Francaise des Jeux 654 80
13. 2007 Francaise des Jeux 140 397
14. 2008 Francaise des Jeux 346 200
15. 2009 Francaise des Jeux 330 186
16. 2010 FDJ 284 219
17. 2011 FDJ 128 466
18. 2012 FDJ - Big Mat 10 1278
Overall: 4731 966