François Parisien

François Parisien
Personal information
Full name François Parisien
Nickname Frank
Born (1982-04-27) 27 April 1982
Repentigny, Quebec, Canada
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 62 kg (137 lb)
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2006–2007 TIAA–CREF
2008 Symmetrics
2008–2012 Team R.A.C.E. Pro
2013 Argos–Shimano
Major wins
National Road Race Championships (2005)
Tour of Elk Grove (2012)

François Parisien (born 27 April 1982) is a former professional cyclist born in Repentigny, Quebec, Canada. He competed as a professional between 2006 and 2013.[1]

Professional career

In 2005, Parisien won the Canadian Road Race Championship.[2]

He participated to the 2010 Tour of California and placed in the top ten on the second stage where he came in sixth position, finishing in the same group as Australian Brett Lancaster who won the stage.[3] He performed well the very next day on the undulating stage 3, raking in a ninth position as he was part of a small group of about 30 riders that came in after 3 escapees crossed the line, the victor being David Zabriskie (Garmin–Transitions).[4]

In 2012, he won the Tour of Elk Grove Overall classification by the slim margin of one second over John Murphy of the Kenda-5-hour Energy team.[5] In August, he finished short of the podium in the Italian semi-classic Tre Valli Varesine, in fourth place. His fellow countryman from Quebec David Veilleux of Team Europcar took a solo victory by a margin of a little more than a minute over the group Parisien was part of.[6] In September, Parisien finished tenth of the World Tour race Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, therefore being awarded the "Best Canadian Placing" award.[7]

After SpiderTech–C10 folded, Parisien was hired by newly World Tour promoted team Argos–Shimano for the 2013 season.[8] In March 2013, Parisien took the biggest victory of his career at that time as he beat Samuel Dumoulin for the bunch sprint in stage 5 of the Volta a Catalunya.[9] An ecstatic Parisien stated that his team had concluded prior to the race that he had to be in the top 3 riders coming out of the last turn to have a chance at victory, and he followed that plan.[10]

Parisien retired at the end of the 2013 season,[1] after eight years as a professional. He then became an analyst for bicycle races for Réseau des sports, a Quebecer Sports Television provider.[11]



  1. 1 2 "Parisien opts to retire from cycling". Future plc. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  2. "2005 Canadian champions" (PDF). Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  3. "Sixième, François Parisien est aux avant-postes". Fédération Québécoise de sports cyclistes (in French). FQSC 2009 – 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  4. "We're climbing with some of the world's best at the Amgen Tour of California". SpiderTech. Cycle Sport Management Inc. 2007–2011. Retrieved 1 November 2012.
  5. "Parisien wins by one-second margin over Murphy". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  6. Ben Atkins (18 August 2012). "David Veilleux outruns the break to take Tre Valli Varesine". Velo Nation. Velo Nation LLC. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  7. "Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec results". Grands Prix Cyclistes. Grand Prix Cycliste Québec-Montréal, 2010–2011. Retrieved 14 September 2012.
  8. "Argos-Shimano completed by Parisien". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  9. Pete Cossins (22 March 2012). "Parisien sprints to stage 5 win in Catalunya". Cyclingnews. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  10. Shane Stokes (22 March 2013). "Volta a Catalunya: Parisien nabs stage five win, Martin bolsters overall lead". VeloNation. VeloNation LLC. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
  11. "Tirreno-Adriatico : plus de 1000 km de vélo en 7 jours sur RDS". Réseau des sports. Bell Media. 11 March 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
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