Didier Rous

Didier Rous

Rous in 2006
Personal information
Full name Didier Rous
Born (1970-09-18) September 18, 1970
Montauban, France
Team information
Current team Retired
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
19931996 GAN
19971999 Festina
20002007 Bouygues Télécom
Major wins
Tour de France, 1 stages (1997)
French National Road Race Champion (2001, 2003)
Grand Prix du Midi Libre (2000)
Infobox last updated on
December 26, 2007

Didier Rous (born September 18, 1970 in Montauban, France) is a French former professional road bicycle racer.


He started his professional career with Gan in 1993 before leaving for Festina in 1997, the year in which he won a stage of the Tour de France. In 1998 the Tour and in particular the Festina team were struck by a doping scandal which led to revelations that the team had organised a doping fund under the managemt of Bruno Roussel, the directeur sportif, and the team's doctor, Erik Rykaert. Rous said he had taken the blood enhancer, EPO.

In 2000 he joined a new team, Bonjour, sponsored by a newspaper chain and managed by the former rider Jean-René Bernaudeau. He stayed with Bernaudeau as the team's sponsors changed and ride under its new sponsor, Brioches La Boulangère (2003–2004) and then Bouygues Telecom (2005).

Rous said on 11 June 2007 that he was stopping racing because of health problems and joined the management of the Bouygues Telecom team.

Major results

1st, Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
4th, Overall, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st, Stage 4, Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st, Stage 3 (ITT), Critérium International
2nd, La Flèche Wallonne
1st, Stage 18, Tour de France
1st, Overall, Grand Prix du Midi Libre
1st, Paris–Camembert
France National Road Race Champion
Four Days of Dunkirk
1st, Overall, Stage 5 and 6 (ITT)
1st, Overall, Tour de Vendée
1st, Trophée des Grimpeurs
1st, Prologue, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
11th, Overall, Tour de France
1st, Overall, Circuit de la Sarthe
2nd, Overall, Four Days of Dunkirk
France National Road Race Champion
1st, Trophée des Grimpeurs
1st, Overall, Tour du Limousin
2nd, Overall, Four Days of Dunkirk
1st, GP Ouest-France
1st, Stage 3, Four Days of Dunkirk
1st, Stage 3 (ITT), Route du Sud
1st, Overall, Points Competitions and Stage 1
1st, Trophée des Grimpeurs

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