|Eduardo SEPULVEDA||Fréderic BRUN||Arnaud GERARD||Anthony DELAPLACE||Pierre-Luc PERICHON||Pierrick FEDRIGO||Florian VACHON||Brice FEILLU||Armindo FONSECA|
The old chestnut of the post-Hinault years, the dream of a territory annexed by France since 1532, but always a little apart, became reality with the participation in the Tour de France 2014 of a team with the Brittany identity at its very heart and whose sponsor is the regional council, presided before June 2012 by the current French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, a fervent advocate of cycling.
Brittany is a hot-bed of French cycling, its cradle in a way, due to its intense cycling activity and the place it holds in the sport’s history, with four winners of Le Tour (Lucien Petit-Breton, Jean Robic, Louison Bobet and Bernard Hinault), even if the last stage victory by a rider from Brittany dates back to twenty-one years ago (Pascal Lino in 1994) and the last Yellow Jersey worn by one of the region’s natives is only slightly more recent (Stéphane Heulot in 1996).
The presence of Bretagne-Séché Environnement shows that the flame is still burning for cycling in Armorica, where the trilogy of Fougères, Mûr-de-Bretagne and Plumelec at the end of the first week of Le Tour 2015 is especially keenly awaited. This team emerged from the amateur ranks thanks to the driving force of an industrialist and cycling enthusiast, Jean Floc’h, in 1994. It joined the professional ranks in 2005 with the continued support of the Brittany region, reaching the world second division in 2011. The independentism that is part of its soul often leads its riders on breakaways, but its ambitions are growing with the recruitment of Pierrick Fédrigo and the debut of Argentinean climber Eduardo Sepulveda alongside Brice Feillu, 16th in the general classification in 2014.
4: the number of stage wins on the Tour de France by Pierrick Fédrigo, the record among currently active French riders.
16th July 1961: last participation of a regional team from western France (namely Ouest-Sud Ouest) in the Tour de France.
6th March 2011: the World Tour debut, on Paris-Nice, of the Bretagne-Schuller team.
5th July 2014: first kilometre of racing for Bretagne-Séché Environnement on the Tour de France and its first breakaway, launched by Benoît Jarrier.