John Gadret

John Gadret

Gadret riding in the 2011 Giro d'Italia
Personal information
Full name John Gadret
Born (1979-04-22) 22 April 1979
Épernay, France
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 58 kg (128 lb)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Amateur team(s)
2003 Cofidis (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2004–2005 Vlaanderen–T Interim
2006–2013 AG2R Prévoyance
2014–2015 Movistar Team
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
1 individual stage (2011)

Stage races

Tour de l'Ain (2007)


National cyclo-cross championships (2004, 2006)
Infobox last updated on
15 January 2016

John Gadret (born 22 April 1979) is a retired French professional racing cyclist in cyclo-cross and road racing. He became a stagiaire for Cofidis in 2003 before turning professional with the Vlaanderen–T Interim team in 2004.


In 2004 he became national cyclo-cross champion of France for the first time. At this stage he was specialized in the cyclo-cross discipline but was beginning to perform well in stage races such as the Deutschland Tour.[1] Gadret won again the French cyclo-cross championships. In the 2006 Giro d'Italia Gadret showed great potential in the mountains by finishing 7th, 6th and 5th on the three mountain stages. He crashed on the 18th stage and was forced to abandon with a broken collar bone.[2] Despite these promising results on the road, Gadret was back in the 2006–2007 cyclo-cross season where he challenged the domination of Belgian Sven Nys in the Koppenbergcross[3] and finished 8th in the UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships.[4] Returning to the road with the aim of competing in his first Tour de France, Gadret took his first road victory at the Grand Prix of Aargau Canton.[5] After the 2007 Tour de France Gadret won the third stage and took the leaders jersey in the Tour de l'Ain which he won the following day.[6]

On Stage 15 of the 2010 Tour de France Gadret caused controversy when he refused to give his wheel to his team leader, Nicolas Roche, following a puncture on the final climb of the day and then began attacking the group ahead of Roche.[7] He later finished 19th overall

He has won a race against a horse in a charity event.[8]

In the 2011 Giro d'Italia, Gadret finished 3rd overall with a victory on stage 11. He finished 3'54" behind race winner Michele Scarponi.

After eight seasons with Ag2r–La Mondiale, Gadret left the squad at the end of the 2013 season, and joined the Movistar Team for 2014. He retired at the end of 2015.

Career achievements


  • 1st, National  France Cyclo-Cross Championship (2004–2005),(2006–2007)
    • 2nd (2003–2004, 2005–2006, 2007–2008, 2011–2012)
5th, World Championship
3rd, French National championship
9th, World Cup
1st, national championship
2 Manches du Challenge national
10th, World Cup
1st, national championship, France
1 Manche du Challenge national
10th, World Cup
1 Manche du Challenge national
12th World Championships
1 Manche du Challenge national
8th, World Championships
10th, Superprestige
9th, World Championships


3rd Grand Prix de Villers-Cotterêts
4th Tro-Bro Léon
9th GP Wallonie
1st Grand Prix of Aargau Canton
1st Overall and 1 stage win Tour de l'Ain
7th Overall Volta a Catalunya
8th Flèche Wallonne
1 stage win Tour de l'Ain
8th Overall Tour of Romandie
10th Flèche Wallonne
3rd Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Stage 11
3rd Overall Route du Sud
3rd Overall Tour de l'Ain
10th Overall Critérium International
10th Overall Tour of the Basque Country

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro WD - WD - - - 13 3 11 -
Yellow jersey Tour - - - 54 WD - 18 WD - 22
red jersey Vuelta - - - - 18 - - - WD -

WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress


  1. "Palmarès de John GADRET". Ag2r prevoyance cyclisme. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
  2. "2006 Giro d'Italia stage 18 results, report and photos". cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
  3. "Koppenberg cross 2006 results, report and photos". cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
  4. "UCI World Championships Cyclo-cross 2006–2007". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
  5. "2007 Grand Prix of Aargau Canton results and report". Cyclingnews. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
  6. "Gadret wins and leads in Tour de l'Ain". Cyclingpost. Retrieved 2007-08-15.
  7. Roche, Nicolas (2010-07-20). "I wanted to smash his head in. I couldn't stand to be near him". Retrieved 2010-07-20.
  8. "Voeckler Loses Out To Trotting Horse". 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
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