Bryan Coquard set to lead new French pro continental team in 2018

Ex-pro Jérôme Pineau to launch new team next season

Bryan Coquard at the 2016 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Ex-Quick Step pro Jérôme Pineau has confirmed that his long-rumoured launch of a professional continental team will take place next season, with Direct Énergie sprinter Bryan Coquard lined up as its marquee signing.

Former Fortuneo secondary sponsor Vital Concept will be the primary backer of the team, which is expected to start with around 20 riders.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.