Pierre Rolland's Bio
Pierre Rolland once harbored Tour de France general classification ambitions. He finished in the top ten overall three times at the Tour and won best young rider at the 2011 Tour de France. He lined up as the team’s Tour leader in 2016, his fourth Tour de France start, but crashed out of contention. By the end of his first season in argyle, Pierre had cast aside overall objectives across all stage races in favor of stage wins. The change suited Pierre, who races with panache, determination and style, and netted him his first grand tour stage win since 2012, when he soloed to victory on the 17th stage of the 2017 Giro d’Italia.
A shift in ambitions wasn’t the only new change for Pierre when pulled on argyle at the start of the 2016 season. The Frenchman joined the American outfit following seven years with Europcar (now Direct Energie). At the time he inked his contract, he spoke limited English. Now he comfortably gives honest, heartfelt (and often hilarious) interviews in his second language. Pierre has also adopted the team’s approach to nutrition and power-based training, demonstrating a refreshingly open-minded manner during his transition.
Pierre calls his stage win atop Alpe d’Huez at the 2011 Tour de France the most important result of his career to date and his family his biggest motivation.
1st Giro d'Italia - stage 17 (2017)
1st Route de Sud - stage 11 (2017)
1st Vuelta Castilla y Leon - overall, stage 3 (2015)
1st Circuit Cycliste Sarthe-Pays de la Loire - overall, stage 4 (2013)
1st Tour de France - stage 19, youth classification (2011)
4th Giro d'Italia - overall (2014)
8th Tour de France - overall (2012)
10th Tour de France - overall (2015, 2011)