2021 Team Preview: Cofidis

Guillaume Martin Cofidis 2020 Tour de France
Guillaume Martin spearheads Cofidis' ambitions in 2021 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Cofidis entered the professional peloton in 1997 but while the sponsor has remained remarkably loyal for almost a quarter of a century, that stability has hardly been reflected in the team, which has undergone repeated reboots since founding manager Cyrille Guimard was removed at the end of that inaugural season and replaced by Alain Bondue.

The most recent rebuilding project began in 2018, when former rider Cedric Vasseur took over the reins from Yvon Sanquer, though some familiar issues remain, most notably the squad’s failure to claim tangible success at the Tour de France. Cofidis have been a participant in every year of their existence, but they haven’t won a stage since Sylvain Chavanel triumphed in Montluçon in 2008. Ending that drought has been a stated ambition ever since. Cofidis have spent most of that period at Pro Continental level but returned to the WorldTour in 2020 after a decade-long hiatus.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.