Ambassadors

Alain Prost et Roland Gilles France

The main motivation has led us to seek the sponsorship of those major champions.

It is legitimate to turn towards those who have written glorious pages of our sport/passion and to honor their achievements. It is they who have caused us to dream and continue to inspire generations of cyclists who participate in this wonderful sport.
  • Alain PROST

    Alain PROST

    Alain is a passionate cyclist. He has participated in the most beautiful Gran Fondos worldwide for over 20 years. He represented France as a competitor in the UCWT World Championships 2015 in Aalborg, Denmark, and has graciously accepted to be the Ambassador of the 2017 championship in Albi, with the firm intention of being present on his bicycle on the start line.

    Palmares Professionnel (principal victories)

    • Race Car Champion
    • 4 World Championship titles in Formula 1
    • Raced in 199 Grand Prix
    • 51 victories (2nd behind Michael Schumacher)

    Distinctions 

    • Champion of French Champions, Equipe Magazine, 1985, 1986, 1989 et 1993.
    • Autosport International Racing Driver Award in 1985.
    • Winner of the Henri Deutsch Prize of Meurthe of the Academy of sports in 1985, awarded for the athlete who caused material progress (scientific or moral) for humanity.
    • Awarded the Legion of Honor on 2012 Jan 86 by Francois Mitterand at the Elysee Palace.
    • Grand Prize of the Academy of Sports in 1989.
    • Autosport Gregor Grant Award in 1994. 
    • Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1999 (the sole Frenchman with Jacky Ickx).
    • Member of the 2010 yeargroup of the Glories of French Sport.
    • The Karting Circuit in Le Mans is named after him

    Sources Wikipédia

  • Bernard THEVENET

    Bernard THEVENET

    Bernard is always present and very active world of cycling, as an audiovisual consultant and Dir. of international courses. He is also frequently present at the beautiful national cyclo-sport teeth events notably those in the Ardeche.

    The Bernard Thevenet Granfondo, is a french race and will take place in Pra Loup, famous Tour de France stage in 1975, where he took the yellow jersey at Eddy Merckx then won his first Tour de France.

    Palmares Professionnel (principal victories)

    • Tour de France 1975 and 1977 (his victory in 1975 rests in the annals as the victory that felled Eddy Merckx during the stage in Pra Loup ;
    • French national champion 1973 ;
    • 11 stages of the Tour de France ;
    • Tour of Romany in 1972 ;
    • Tour of Catalonia in 1974 ;
    • Dauphiné Libéré in 1975 ;
    • Third stage of the Vuelta in 1973 ;
    • Second stage of the Tour de France in 1973.

    Distinctions 

    • Bernard Thevenet was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honor on July 14, 2001 ;
    • He was designated as the champion of French champions by the newspaper L’Equipe in 1975 ;
    • He also won the prestige Pernod (in 1973, 1975) and the promotion Pernod (for under 25 years of age) in 1971 ;
    • He won the 7 Gold of the best sporting program with Patrick Chene in 1998 for their coverage of the Tour de France ;
    • Glory of sport promotion 2009.

    Sources Wikipédia

  • Stephen ROCHE

    Stephen ROCHE

    Stephen marked the history of cycling, as he is this only racer in the world along with Eddy Merckx to have won the triple of the Tour de France, the Tour of Italy and the World Championships in the same year, for him in 1987. He also won and had podium appearances and honorable finishes in the largest international races.

    Upon his retirement from bicycle racing, Stephen created Stephen Roche training camps (Fitness Velo  Evasion) in Mallorca, as a pioneer in this domain. He thus rests in close contact with amateur cyclists throughout the entire world.

    Palmarès (principal victories)

    • Tour de France in 1987, third place in 1985
    • Giro d'Italia  in 1987
    • World Championships in 1987, third place in 1983
    • Paris Nice 1981
    • 1981 tour of Corsica
    • Tour of  Romandie 1983, 1985, 1987
    • Tour Midi Pyrénées 1985
    • Critérium International 1985, 1991
    • Tour du Pays Basque 1989
    • 4 days of  Dunkerque 1990
    • Catalane Week 1991

  • Laurent JALABERT

    Laurent JALABERT

    A champion cyclist from the town of Mazamet in the French region of the Tarn, professional from 1989 through 2002, then the head coach of the French national team from 2009 through 2013, number one in the world in his discipline in 1995 through 1997 and in 1999, Laurent had 138 victories in his career and was just as indispensable then as he is as a member of the delegation of ambassadors to the world grand fondo championships Albi 2017.

    A complete bicycle racer, he started his career as a sprinter, then won numerous classic races and stage races. Among the grand tours he won the tour of Spain in 1995, the points classification, several stages in the three grand tours and the mountain classification in two. He finished fourth in the Tour de France in 1995.

    Laurent continues his adventures in the cycling world as a much loved television consultant.

    Palmarès (principales victoires) 

    • Tour de France points classification in 1992 and 1995
    • Tour of Spain in 1995
    • Tour of Spain points classification in 1994 1996 and 1997
    • World championships: first in 1997 (time trial), second in 1992 (road)
    • Paris Nice 1995,1996,1997
    • Milan San Remo 1995
    • Fleche Wallone 1995
    • Tour de Catalogne 1995
    • Midi Libre 1995
    • Tour de Romandie 1999
    • Tour of the Basque country 1999 
    • Semaine Catalane 1999
    • San Sebastian Grand Prize, 2000, 2001

  • Joop ZOETEMELK

    Joop ZOETEMELK

    Nicknamed “the Dutchman of the Tour de France", he was a professional cyclist from 1970 until 1987: a remarkable longevity in the sport. In 16 participations of the Tour de France he never abandoned.

    He won the tour once in 1980. He finished second in the tour in 1970, 1971, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1982, and holds the record for the most second place finishes.

    Joop, an exemplary athlete during and after his prestigious career, is proud to be one of the ambassadors of the world championships in Albi 2017, as he confirmed enthusiastically with Roland Gilles.

    Palmarès (principal victories)

    • Tour de France in 1980
    • Road world championships in 1985
    • Olympic champion team time trial (the Netherlands) 1968 (amateur)
    • Tour of Spain in 1979
    • Paris Nice 1974, 1975
    • Dutch national championships in 1971 and 1973
    • Tour of the Romandie in 1974
    • Catalane Week in 1974
    • Paris Tours 1977,1979
    • Tirreno Adriatico 1985
    • Amstel Gold race 1987

    Distinctions

    • Chevalier of the Legion of honor in 2015
    • Dutch sportsman of the year in 1980 and 1985
    • Dutch espoirs cyclist of the year in 1969
    • the Wielersport classification in 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1978 and 1979
    • Dutch cyclist of the year in 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1985
    • Trophée Spidel : 1979
    • Trophée AIOCC : 1975
    • Winner of the Gouden Spaak : 1979