Pierre Rolland (cyclist)

Pierre Rolland

Personal information
Full name Pierre Rolland
Born (1986-10-10) 10 October 1986
Gien, France
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Weight 67 kg (148 lb; 10.6 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Cannondale–Drapac
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Climber
Amateur team(s)
2005 Super Sport 35
2006 Crédit Agricole (stagiaire)
Professional team(s)
2007–2008 Crédit Agricole
2009–2015 Bbox Bouygues Telecom[2]
2016– Cannondale
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
Young rider classification (2011)
2 individual stages (2011, 2012)
Infobox last updated on
27 August 2016

Pierre Rolland (born 10 October 1986) is a French professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam Cannondale–Drapac.

Cycling career

Rolland on his way to winning Stage 19 of the 2011 Tour de France on Alpe d'Huez

Born in Gien, Rolland turned professional in 2007 for Crédit Agricole after riding for the team as a stagiaire in late 2006. In his first season as a professional he won stages at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo and the Tour du Limousin. In 2008 he won the Mountains classification at the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.[3] At the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, Rolland competed in the road race but he did not finish. In 2010 he won a stage at the Circuit de Lorraine and finished eighth at the Critérium du Dauphiné.

During the 2011 Tour de France, Rolland gained acclaim for his strong work in defense of Thomas Voeckler's yellow jersey. Following the 14th stage of the Tour, Lance Armstrong referred to Rolland as a "rockstar."[4] Rolland won the 19th stage at the top of Alpe d'Huez, beating Olympic gold medalist Samuel Sánchez and two-time Tour champion Alberto Contador.[5] The victory also won him the white jersey, which he successfully defended in the 20th stage. He finished the Tour 10th in the general classification.

At the 2012 Tour de France, Rolland made a late attack which led to him winning stage 11, a mountain top finish up in La Toussuire/Les Sybelles.[6] He finished the Tour in eighth place in the general classification, his best career performance, and the highest position of any Frenchman that year.

At the 2014 Giro d'Italia, Rolland finished fourth in the general classification, his best finish in a Grand Tour.[7] He also finished 11th of the Tour de France.

In 2015, Rolland's first success was the Overall of the Vuelta a Castilla y León, made possible by winning the third and last stage in solo fashion.[8]

On August 27, 2015, it was announced that Rolland would join Cannondale for the 2016 season.[9]

Career achievements

Major results

1st Stage 2 Tour du Limousin
2nd Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
1st Stage 1
2nd Tour du Doubs
7th Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
8th Tro-Bro Léon
1st Mountains classification Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
6th Overall Circuit Cycliste Sarthe
8th Trophée des Grimpeurs
9th Paris–Camembert
9th Tour du Haut Var
3rd Overall La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
1st Mountains classification Critérium International
2nd Overall Circuit de Lorraine
1st Stage 4
5th Boucles de l'Aulne
8th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
9th Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan
10th Overall Tour de France
1st Young rider classification
1st Stage 19
5th Overall Circuit de Lorraine
6th Overall Tour de l'Ain
7th Les Boucles du Sud Ardèche
10th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
10th National Road Race Championships
4th Overall Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 3
8th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 11
1st Overall Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Stage 4
3rd Paris–Camembert
10th Overall Giro del Trentino
4th Overall Giro d'Italia
1st Overall Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st Stage 3
10th Overall Tour de France
Combativity award Stage 19
10th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné

Grand Tours overall classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro           4    
Yellow jersey Tour 20 58 10 8 24 11 10 16
red jersey Vuelta   WD         50 50


  1. 1 2 "Pierre Rolland profile".
  2. "Team Europcar (EUC) – FRA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  3. An interview with Pierre Rolland Cyclingnews.com, 17 June 2008
  4. Voeckler A Tour De France Contender, Says Armstrong Cyclingnews.com, 16 July 2011
  5. Pierre Rolland wins 19th stage of Tour de France Yahoo! News, 19 July 2011
  6. "Wiggins and Froome fill top two places". BBC Sport. BBC. 12 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012.
  7. Peter Cossins (2014-06-01). "Mezgec wins first Grand Tour stage". Cyclingnews.com. Bath, UK: Future plc. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  8. "Castilla y Leon: Rolland secures overall title". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. 20 April 2015. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  9. "Pierre Rolland signs for Cannondale-Garmin title". Cyclingnews.com. 27 August 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
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