After nearly two decades in the peloton, FDJ is one of the most well-established teams in the sport’s top level.
Longevity doesn’t always equal results, however, and the French squad underperformed in 2015, finishing 15th out of the 17 WorldTour-level teams.
Thibaut Pinot is the team’s brightest prospect. Success in the 2014 Tour de France propelled the him into the limelight – something which can be almost unbearable for French riders as the weight of a nation is placed on their shoulders every July.
Nevertheless, Pinot delivered a 2015 Tour stage win and backed this up with a set of solid top five overall positions in races such as the Tour de Romandie, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Suisse. He finished the season as 10th rider in the UCI WorldTour.
Other than those two, it’s a case of take your pick from a fairly nondescript French line-up. Kévin Réza will always get the ‘he’s decent in sprints’ treatment from the TV commentators, while Jérémy Roy is starting to become more well-known for his consistent uploads of on-bike footage from whichever breakaway he’s found himself in on that particular day.
FDJ are currently propping up the French WorldTour representation alongside Ag2r-La Mondiale. And with Pinot in their ranks, they’ve always got a chance of taking something from the big stage races.