Historic Overview Frédéric Guesdon

Rider

Overall Rank983
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.

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Badges

5

Major Victories

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

Frédéric Guesdon - Scores by Season


Year Team Score Rank
1. 1992 Individual 11 826
2. 1993 Individual 29 540
3. 1994 Individual 10 793
4. 1995 F.F.C. - L.C.P.F. 32 555
5. 1996 Team Polti 229 215
6. 1997 Francaise des Jeux 640 85
7. 1998 Francaise des Jeux 259 221
8. 1999 Francaise des Jeux 140 354
9. 2000 Francaise des Jeux 417 173
10. 2001 Francaise des Jeux 164 367
11. 2002 Francaise des Jeux 129 440
12. 2003 Fdjeux.com 406 165
13. 2004 Fdjeux.com 258 256
14. 2005 Française des Jeux 275 229
15. 2006 Française des Jeux 662 80
16. 2007 Française des Jeux 142 403
17. 2008 Française des Jeux 351 199
18. 2009 Française des Jeux 334 191
19. 2010 FDJ 326 188
20. 2011 FDJ 129 470
21. 2012 FDJ - Big Mat 10 1355
Overall: 4953 983