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Richard Virenque

Full name: Richard Virenque
Nickname(s): Richard Cœur de Lion
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: November 20, 1969 in Casablanca, Casablanca-Settat, Morocco
Affiliations: Festina/Polti/Quick-Step Davitamon
Country: FRA France
Sport: Cycling


Richard Virenque was one of the most popular French cyclists of the 1990s for his choir-boy good looks and his ability as a mountain climber. He would win the polka dot jersey at the Tour de France a record seven times, in 1994-97, 1999, and 2003-04, breaking the record of six wins in the mountain classification which had been jointly held by Federico Bahamontes and Lucien Van Impe. In addition to his many victories in mountain stages in the Tour de France, his other major single-day win came at Paris-Tours in 2001. He did win a bronze medal in the 1994 World Championship road race. In 1998 Virenque was a central figure in the Festina scandal, which involved doping accusations against several members of his Festina team, after their soigneur, Willy Voet, was found at a border crossing to have large amounts of drugs and doping paraphenalia in his car. Virenque was never implicated and always maintained his innocence. He was initially banned from the 1999 Tour but was reinstated by the UCI and allowed to ride. At a French trial in October 2000 into the Festina Affair, Virenque admitted to doping, but said that he never did it intentionally.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual France FRA 5
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual France FRA 62
2004 Summer 34 Athina Cycling Men's Road Race, Individual France FRA 45

Men's Road Race, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank M T
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Cycling France Final Standings 5 at 1:14
2000 Summer 30 Sydney Cycling France Final Standings 62 at 1:38
2004 Summer 34 Athina Cycling France Final Standings 45 same time
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