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Bbox Bouygues Telecom
Team information
UCI code BTL
Based  France
Founded 2005
Discipline(s) Road
Status Professional Continental
Key personnel
General manager Jean-René Bernaudeau
Team name history
2000–2002
2003–2004
2005–2008
Bonjour
Brioches La Boulangère
Bouygues Télécom
Team colours Team colours Team colours
Team colours
 
Jersey
Current season

Bbox Bouygues Telecom (UCI team code: BBO) is a professional road bicycle racing team that competes as a UCI Professional Continental team on the UCI Europe Tour and, when selected as a wildcard, in UCI ProTour events. It was previously a member of the ProTour before being relegated after the 2009 season. Its sponsor, Bouygues Télécom, is a French mobile phone company. In previous years, the team was known as Brioches La Boulangère, Bonjour, and Bouygues Télécom.

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History

The team was founded in 1984 as System U. The team disbanded in 1985 but returned in 1986 under new management. Cyrille Guimard became the directeur sportif, bringing his protégé Laurent Fignon who nearly won the 1989 edition of the Tour de France. A change of sponsor in 1990 renamed the team Castorama.

In 1992 Guimard became manager of the team. In 1995, Jean-René Bernaudeau, a former professional racer, became director of the team. From 1996 to 1999, the team withdrew from top-level competition. Bernaudeau set up a development team in the Vendée region called Vendée U.

Current formation

In 2000, the team again became a professional team Bonjour, still under the control of the sporting director Bernardeau. In 2003, the team became "Brioches La Boulangère", then "Bouygues Télécom" in 2005. The amateur team Vendée U still acts as feeder team for the professional team.

As Bonjour and Brioches La Boulangère the team gained prominence with promising young stars Fabrice Salanson, Thomas Voeckler and Sylvain Chavanel. Salanson's death due to heart disease in 2003 was a blow to the team. Voeckler wore the maillot jaune for 10 days in the 2004 Tour de France while wearing French national champion and became a national hero.

The team competes mainly in French races and has had a near-monopoly of the national championship for several years. Chavanel left the team in 2005 to join Cofidis.

On 29 September 2009 Bbox Bouygues Telecom along with Cofidis were refused to renew their ProTour licences due to poor results. [1]

Major results

2007
2008
2010

Team roster

As of 1 January 2010.

Rider Date of Birth
 Yukiya Arashiro (JPN) September 22, 1984 (1984-09-22) (age 25)
 Giovanni Bernaudeau (FRA) August 25, 1983 (1983-08-25) (age 26)
 Freddy Bichot (FRA) September 9, 1979 (1979-09-09) (age 30)
 William Bonnet (FRA) May 6, 1983 (1983-05-06) (age 26)
 Franck Bouyer (FRA) March 17, 1974 (1974-03-17) (age 35)
 Steve Chainel (FRA) September 6, 1983 (1983-09-06) (age 26)
 Anthony Charteau (FRA) June 4, 1979 (1979-06-04) (age 30)
 Mathieu Claude (FRA) March 17, 1983 (1983-03-17) (age 26)
 Jérôme Cousin (FRA) June 5, 1989 (1989-06-05) (age 20)
 Pierrick Fédrigo (FRA) November 30, 1978 (1978-11-30) (age 31)
 Damien Gaudin (FRA) August 20, 1986 (1986-08-20) (age 23)
 Cyril Gautier (FRA) September 26, 1987 (1987-09-26) (age 22)
 Yohann Gène (FRA) June 25, 1981 (1981-06-25) (age 28)
Rider Date of Birth
 Saïd Haddou (FRA) November 23, 1982 (1982-11-23) (age 27)
 Vincent Jérôme (FRA) November 26, 1984 (1984-11-26) (age 25)
 Guillaume Le Floch (FRA) February 16, 1985 (1985-02-16) (age 25)
 Laurent Lefevre (FRA) July 2, 1976 (1976-07-02) (age 33)
 Alexandre Pichot (FRA) January 6, 1983 (1983-01-06) (age 27)
 Perrig Quemeneur (FRA) April 26, 1984 (1984-04-26) (age 25)
 Pierre Rolland (FRA) October 10, 1986 (1986-10-10) (age 23)
 Matthieu Sprick (FRA) September 29, 1981 (1981-09-29) (age 28)
 Yuri Trofimov (RUS) January 26, 1984 (1984-01-26) (age 26)
 Johann Tschopp (SUI) July 1, 1982 (1982-07-01) (age 27)
 Sébastien Turgot (FRA) April 11, 1984 (1984-04-11) (age 25)
 Thomas Voeckler (FRA) June 22, 1979 (1979-06-22) (age 30)
 Nicolas Vogondy† (FRA) August 8, 1977 (1977-08-08) (age 32)

†: Nicolas Vogondy is, as of 29 January, not licensed to race on health grounds, as he has cardiac arrhythmia problems.[2]

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