French Victories


Tour de France winners podium: 1. Vicenzo Nibali (center), 2.  Jean-Christophe Péraud (left), and 3. Thibaut Pinot (right). Photo by Sirotti.

This is one of the most successful Tours for the French! Jean-Christophe Péraud (AG2R) and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) finished second and third, taking honors on the final podium in Paris. Pinot, who is 24 years old, (13 years younger than Péraud), also takes honors as the Best Yong Rider in the white cycling jersey. It’s been 30 years since two Frenchmen stood on the final podium in Paris.  In fact, it was the first time since 1997 that any Frenchman finished higher than fourth overall.

French president François Hollande issued a communiqué on Sunday evening congratulating them.

“Seeing them on the second and third step of the podium of the Tour de France on the Champs-Élysées is a matter of great pride for French cycling, which has waited for this for thirty years,” Hollande said.

ASO/B.BadeThe French team Ag2r La Mondiale was the best placed team at the Tour de France. Photo by B. Bade/ASO.

Vive la France!


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