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Cofidis the cheap loans company to sponsor Cofidis the cycling team for another three years, says today's L'Equipe, despite a wet blanket of a season so far.

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    Video from Drapac. i know there is a team video thread but i can never find the flipping thread when i find a video so putting it here



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    L'Equipe reports this morning that Eric Boyer was fired on Monday by Cofidis for lack of results and for failure to retain Tony Gallopin (now of RaNT).

    He will be replaced by the slightly questionable choice of Yvon Sanquer, formerly of Astana, Française de Jeux and Festina.

    Boyer resurrected the Cofidis team after the 2004 scandal and did much to bring back credibility to the squad albeit on a smaller scale.

    http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/Sanquer-remplace-boyer/294068
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    L'Equipe reports this morning that Eric Boyer was fired on Monday by Cofidis for lack of results and for failure to retain Tony Gallopin (now of RaNT).

    He will be replaced by the slightly questionable choice of Yvon Sanquer, formerly of Astana, Française de Jeux and Festina.

    Boyer resurrected the Cofidis team after the 2004 scandal and did much to bring back credibility to the squad albeit on a smaller scale.

    http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/Sanquer-remplace-boyer/294068

    Clearly this was decided during the sponsorship negations

    Cofidis company always has had its fingers in the running of the team.

    Boyer to Garmin  ;D

    got screwed though
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    Clearly this was decided during the sponsorship negations

    Cofidis company always has had its fingers in the running of the team.

    Boyer to Garmin  ;D

    got screwed though

    Sanquer has worked for some questionable teams during some of their more questionable moments. I'm a bit of a closet fan of Cofidis (and they ride Look, of course ;)) - I have always felt they were playing a pretty honest game under Boyer (hence the lack of results) - but the sponsors are demanding more and there's no WT spot while a stand-up guy like him is running it.

    French cycling is beginning to shift. Europcar raised the bar in last year's Tour, FDJ has started winning and even Saur Sojasun is pretty buoyant right now. For a long time it was the number one French team, but Cofidis for whatever reason* is slipping away fast.

    * yeah, the asterisk ;D
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    What Cofidis need to do is go to Saur Sojasun - and combine the team register in Ireland or some other non socialist muppet country and become the French super team imnsho  8)
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    I feel sick. I hope that Vinokourov won't be a coward and deny everything. He said that he worked with Ferrari just for training plans. He always told us what a brave guy he is, that he is stronger than the pain, that the French ride behind everyone else because they are lazier. Now we see that he is a big bastard. These practices discredit all of cycling again.
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    On 25 July 2007 Cofidis rider Christian Moreni failed his doping test after the 11th stage of the Tour de France. His blood contained traces of testosterone. Moreni acknowledged doping. The team withdrew from the Tour.

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    2007Sagacity

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    On 25 July 2007 Cofidis rider Christian Moreni failed his doping test after the 11th stage of the Tour de France. His blood contained traces of testosterone. Moreni acknowledged doping. The team withdrew from the Tour.

    ;D


    To complete the triangle, Vino booted Sanquer from Astana.
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    Thread resurrection!



    Seriously though, it's been all of 10 months since Cofidis sacked Boyer and brought in their Astana-stained replacement.

    And I've yet to see what good it has done the team:

    - Egoitz Garcia won the GC Paris-Corrèze in August 2012 (good result for a promising lad)
    - Brought in Navarro in the off-season
    - Stage of Amissa Bongo with Adrien Petit in January 2013
    - Navarro won a nice stage of Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia in February 2013
    - Classic Loire Atlantique with Edwig Cammaerts in March 2013

    versus

    Di Grégorio bust (not the team's fault really, but looks bad)
    Moncoutié to the glue factory

    This from a team that was talking all that jazz:

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    Cofidis has set a target of returning to the WorldTour as being of prime importance, saying that the publicity it gets from the Tour de France is a crucial part of the decision to extend the sponsorship ... To earn the [wildcard] invitation to races, it is necessary that the team gets, from 2013, recognised and powerful riders who will give them access to WorldTour races.
    (http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/12002/Cofidis-extends-sponsorship-until-2016.aspx)

    Now let me be clear, I love the post-Millar, post-Mr Dribble, post-Wiggins, Look-riding Cofidis. And I dearly want success for them. But they broke my heart, Freddo, when they kicked out Boyer.

    So is this apparent mediocrity the price of riding a 'straight race'? Being interesting only for a bored Contador domestique? Because apart from the occasional Navarro and Julien 'Eternal Breakaway' Fouchard, I've barely seen them in big races this year so far.

    Which is good in some ways because the 2013 kit is naff.  :D

    Diss. Cuss. Shun.
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    Riblons sponsor Ekoi have produced 100 team kits to commemorate his Alpe D'Huez win.

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    Top 10 in the Tour for Navarro is a good result for them
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    #androni is a team famous for its crappy budget and for which I have little time anyway, but I noticed yesterday that it appeared to have failed even to supply all its stagiaires with bikes.

    The kid accompanying Sella in the BOTD of Tre Valli Varesine yesterday wasn't riding a team issue Bianchi but what was probably his own Ridley.  :brzzzz
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    I thought this thread (the impromptu #cofidis thread) had promise, so let's revive the zombie now with a Look at Cofidis' five Tour selections so far:

    http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/Cofidis-a-deja-cinq-coureurs/475126 (FR)

    Cyril Lemoine, Rudy Molard, Julien Simon, Luis-Angel Mate, Daniel Navarro

    Now I thought Maté had just gotten injured, so I could be wrong there. Molard has been very solid this year so far, Simon got hot and then went off the boil and Navarro, as ever, for GC.

    Interesting that Coppel is not a shoo-in this year, suggesting that management isn't quite sure yet how to approach the race. Would like to see Fouchard but he has had an unusually quiet Spring.

    Hoping to see Cofidis competitive in this year's race but I hope that every year and ... ;)
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    The Cofidis Facelift

    http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=73905

    Nine new riders with the aim of "regaining the throne as the first European team within the continental professional category".

    Renewals for Nicolas Edet, Romain Hardy, Gert Joeaar, Rudy Molard, Romain Zingle and Dani Navarro.

    Yoann Bagot, Luis Ángel Maté, Adrien Petit, Florian Senechal, Clement Venturini and Louis Verhelst already had contracts for 2015.

    Au revoir to Le Mevel, Coppel, Taaramae, Levarlet, Cammaerts, Fouchard, Poulhies, Bescond, Lemarchand and Garcia?
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     #ccc

    http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/?page=news&cod=73054&tp=n

    Not the most interesting of articles - they have some new guys looking after the media side of things for them (I did see they had a new website). However also mentioned is the ambitious target of WT in 2016!
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    https://twitter.com/8aldwin/status/522340335502893056

    link  for CCC info wants Giro wildcard 2015/16 and WT coming years
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    OOF! That's harsh. You might have to explain why it's debatable. At least it's not Armstrong clickbait...
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    It was a just a bit boring I thought, more than anything else.   :P

    I like Optum, but that big wall of text was tough to get through and the content did seem a bit party political broadcasty. Their attitude to Zirbel does seem quite contrary too, but that's more for the Darkside.


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    Last night, the major global event that was Cofidis' team presentation took place in the sponsorially appropriate setting of the Roubaix velodrome.

    All eyes were of course on that scrappy little pugilist Nacer Bouhanni. Before he has even turned a pedal in anger, L'Equipe reports on what he has already brought to a team that promises a change of direction this season:

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    Cofidis lacked visibility in recent years with riders like Jérôme Coppel or Christophe Le Mével who didn't really have the profile for leadership. Nacer Bouhanni comes with a reputation for winning but also a palmarès which makes him a genuine 'leader of men', according to team boss Yvon Sanquer.

    Sanquer also reckons he has discovered a new sense of team spirit among his riders. "Nacer's arrival wasn't difficult, in fact we've become more professional thanks to that. During the training camps, I felt like the riders were more fulfilled in their purpose." The Vosgian sprinter's perfectionism has already rubbed off on his colleagues.

    Several higher profile riders have been recruited for their turn of speed to support Bouhanni and they have also set new benchmarks for the team. Each rider knows what he has to do. "Nacer's expertise during the training camps has paid dividends," says Sanquer. "He knows what he wants, what it takes to build a proper leadout train." Geoffrey Soupe, Dominique Rollin, Adrien Petit and Jonas Ahlstrand will be the mainstays of that.

    Nacer Bouhanni's optimism has also brought calm and focus to the Cofidis team. His objectives for high prestige races have given back a purpose and self-respect that was lacking in recent years. The sprinter will target Milan-Sanremo, Gent-Wevelgem, stages of the Tour de France and the World Championships in 2015. Not bad!

    All of this benefits the other team leaver, Dani Navarro, who will be relieved of much of the pressure weighing on him until now to show the Cofidis colours in stage races. "With Nacer onboard, I'll be able to concentrate more easily on my objectives in the mountains on the Grand Tours," explains the Spanish climber, "that'll make it easier to get on with my own preparation."

    http://www.lequipe.fr/Cyclisme-sur-route/Actualites/La-dynamique-bouhanni/530725 (FR)

    If Bouhanni delivers, we might have to retitle this thread. :lol
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    Savio does tend to do that...  :s
    Ah, but he's such a sweet talker. :D
    I bet he could talk his way out of practically everything.
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    As I mention in my translation of an article on Alex Howes, I came across an unusual series of lesser-known rider profiles dating from last year's Tour in French daily Libération when I was ill recently, so I'll continue now with ...

    Brice Feillu, the peloton's resident oddball



    Riding with naked torso is the ultimate joy, reckons Brice Feillu. Covered in sweat, jersey wide open, the climber snatched the biggest victory of his career in 2009, the 7th stage of the Tour de France between Barcelona and the Arcalis ski station. Since this exploit in Andorra he's seen Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet come of age, the new stars of the race. "It makes you want to get up there on the front and attack," he admits. Perhaps he feels a bit left behind by French cycling's new wave but Feillu, now 29, remains a unique character, a piece of surrealist poetry.

    There he is last June, the Bretagne team's climber, bib straps slung off and buttocks spread out on the road at the top of the Col d'Aspin. "Are you Brice Feillu?" ask some bystanders. "Yeah, yeah, and if you could do a pee for me, that would be suit me fine!" At a doping control after the end of the Route du Sud, the heat has stopped his bladder. So the hero of Arcalis lies spreadeagled on the tarmac, refilling his plumbing with beer. Soon the banners are coming down and the event is packing up. A few riders are still stuck there and the only one laughing is "Bricette". He prefers chatting with the mountain ramblers than his fellow riders, most of whom he doesn't even recognise. "Who's in yellow, then? Isn't he a bit chubby for a climber?"

    Back at home, Feillu never watches cycling on television and likes to be out in the fields with his donkeys. The code of the peloton, the golden legends of cycling, the mantras riders are supposed to recite, all that stuff simply slides of his shiny torso. In 2011, he joined the Schleck brothers on the Leopard team. The France Soir newspaper asked him what he thought of them. "They've got three centimetres of hair on their legs and they booze every night!" he laughed. Instead of describing the team gathering in terms of vision and expectations, he called it "a boy scout camp".

    This was later dismissed as a tall tale but "Bricette" still holds to it. And when he talks, he doesn't play with words. "He's always happy at heart," says Vincent Ragot, a teammate at amateur level in 2004. That year, Ragot and Feillu committed a youthful sin: they both hung onto a car on a Pyrrenean col during the Ronde de l'Isard. They broke out laughing when they got disqualified. Some riders reckon Feillu is still "a bit clever" but many were jealous after his success at Arcalis. And then Feillu, far from putting on airs, went on to make parody videos with his friend Nicolas Loth, today a Tour announcer. He may be poking fun at what's sacred in sport but at least he is more respectful of cycling than its inaccessible starlets, hiding away on their team buses.

    At the Pin de la Lègue campsite in Fréjus, everyone knows him. Whenever he wins, both regulars and passers by hang around the swimming pool for a chat. "Bricette" has been coming here since he was a kid. As a pro rider, he bought his placement together with a mobile home to put on it. While his fellow riders invest in brick and mortar, Feillu bought a campsite of hiq own near the Massif de l’Estérel, where his whole family owns placements: grandmother, parents, sister and big brother Romain (a sprinter who's also here on the Tour). Whilst his family comes for holidays, Brice himself occupied his mobile home almost year-round, until he finally built a house on the grounds in 2012. Now under a solid roof, he's nostalgic for his life before: the folding table, lavender plants even some occasional training.

    "Bricette" is riding his Tour in much the same way he lives. A proud non-conformist, attacking over the cols and for the moment 16th on GC. Because of a muscle tear in his right thigh, he almost abandoned the race but decided instead to defy the pain. And he's still smiling. As we saw on the race's official Twitter feed last week, after the Chamrousse stage: Feillu posing with his naked torso as if he was on a good day, grabbing a bottle of water. And, for the joy of his fans, a great big erection in his shorts.

    http://www.liberation.fr/sports/2014/07/25/brice-feillu-le-farfelu-du-peloton_1070557 (FR)
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