Cédric Vasseur

Cédric Vasseur
Personal information
Full name Cédric Vasseur
Born (1970-08-18) August 18, 1970
Hazebrouck, France
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
1993–1994 Novemail-Histor
1995–1998 GAN
1998–1999 Crédit Agricole
2000–2001 US Postal Service
2002–2005 Cofidis
2006–2007 Quick Step-Innergetic
Major wins
Tour de France, 2 stages
Infobox last updated on
February 2, 2008

Cédric Vasseur (born August 18, 1970 in Hazebrouck, Nord) is a French former professional road racing cyclist. He was born in Hazebrouck, France, and currently resides in Lille with his wife and young son. From 2001 until 2005, he was part of the French professional cycling team Cofidis, often as the captain on the road, and then moved to the Belgian team Quick Step-Innergetic.

Vasseur turned professional with the team Novemail in 1995, and switched to the GAN team in 1996 which then became Crédit Agricole in 1997. His first professional victory is also his most famous: it was his solo 147-kilometre breakaway by which he won stage 5 of the 1997 Tour de France. He then wore the yellow jersey as the race leader for five days.

In the 2000 and 2001 seasons, he rode for the U.S. Postal team and participated in the 2000 Tour de France. However, his exclusion from the 2001 Tour de France team led to his switch to the Cofidis team. He cited personal differences with the USPS team star Lance Armstrong, which was widely quoted in French cycling publications. In the wake of the publication of the USADA memo that proves Lance Armstrong doping practices, he explained that he was excluded because of his refusal to participate in Armstrong's doping program. ("Inutile de rappeler que je n'ai rien à voir dans cette organisation à qui je dois fort probablement ma non-participation au Tour 2001 ainsi que mon éviction de l'équipe.")

In 2004, Vasseur was arrested in suspicion of doping offences along with several other Cofidis riders, notably including then individual time trial champion David Millar. A counter-analysis later proved negative and Vasseur's name was then cleared. Vasseur also claimed some of the evidence in his witness statement had been forged. However, Vasseur was barred from riding in the 2004 Tour de France since the investigation had not concluded by the time that the race had started.

Vasseur came from a family of cyclists: his father Alain Vasseur competed in the 1970, 71 and 74 editions of the Tour de France. His father also won a stage of the Tour de France after a solo breakaway.

Vasseur is considered an all-rounder who can do well in a variety of races. He has raced through all of the spring classics such as Tour of Flanders and Paris–Roubaix, and has won a stage of the Dauphiné Libéré stage race.

Major results

2nd, Grand Prix de la Ville de Lillers
2nd, Grand Prix de la Ville de Lillers
Tour de France stage 5
Yellow Jersey five days
Four Days of Dunkirk stage 5
GP d'Isbergues
Paris — Corrèze overall and stage 2
Internationale Hessen-Rundfahrt overall and stage 1
Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré stage 7
Tour du Limousin stage 2
Tour de l'Ain stage 4
Tour du Limousin stage 4
GP d'Isbergues
Tour de France stage 10

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