2017 WorldTour teams preview: FDJ
Jan 14 2017 03:56 am CET

2017 WorldTour teams preview: FDJ

CyclingPub previews all 18 UCI WorldTour teams for 2017. Today it's the turn of one of the peloton's oldest names: FDJ.

During the 2016 season, French team FDJ earned race victories in Milan-San Remo with Arnaud Demare and in the Criterium International with Thibaut Pinot, as well as stages in La Mediterraneenne, Paris-Nice, the Criterium du Dauphine and the Vuelta a España.

The squad also includes the time trial champion and the road race champion of France, Thibaut Pinot and Arthur Vichot, as well as the time trial champion of Lithuania, Ignatas Konovalovas.

The 2017 season marks the 20th anniversary of the French formation and it wants to celebrate this special occasion both by remembering its more than 400 victories throughout the years and by setting high ambitions for this season.

The team aims to compete for major results in all three Grand Tours. Pinot will be the main rider for the formation throughout the season as he is expected to lead the squad at the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.

In the French race Demare will also be an important part of the team, while the squad for the Vuelta a España will be led by Sebastien Reichenbach. The Swiss rider will be able to show himself in the Spanish Grand Tour after earning some of his best results to date by finishing fourth in the 2016 Tirreno-Adriatico and 14th in the Tour de France.

The team will also aim to fight for the titles of the Belgian classics, Paris-Roubaix and the Italian races. The main pick for these races will be Demare who will try to repeat the victory of last year's Milan-San Remo.

And, following the tradition of the team, FDJ will once again be part of the races of the Coupe de France. The focus of this participation is to support and promote the sport in the country and provide a good show to the local public. During the start of the season, Arthur Vichot will lead the team in those races.

Following this line, FDJ has an important goal for the season: it wants the French champions' jerseys to stay in the team.

FDJ has the potential to perform well during the spring classics and can fight for stages and good spots in the General Classification during the Grand Tours. It will certainly fulfill its goal to take the French champions to the international stage.

The complete roster

William Bonnet
Davide Cimolai
Arnaud Démare
Odd Christian Eiking
Marc Fournier
David Gaudu
Jacopo Guarnieri
Daniel Hoelgaard
Ignatas Konovalovas
Matthieu Ladagnous
Olivier Le Gac
Johan Le Bon
Tobias Ludvigsson
Jérémy Maison
Lorenzo Manzin
Rudy Molard
Steve Morabito
Thibaut Pinot
Sébastien Reichenbach
Kevin Reza
Anthony Roux
Marc Sarreau
Benoît Vaugrenard
Arthur Vichot

By Mary Cárdenas
Image: Team FDJ logo





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