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Friday, November 27, 2009

Brard retires

by Bjorn Haake at 8:12 AM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling
 

Florent Brard decided to hang up his wheels after not finding a team for 2010, according to Wielerflits.nl. The 33-year-old spent the last two years with Cofidis. His career highlight was his French national road title in 2006.

Brard switched teams frequently. After his start with Festina in 1999, one year after the famous Festina affair, he also rode for Crédit Agricole (2002), Marlux - Wincor Nixdorf (2003), Chocolade Jacques - Wincor - Nixdorf (2004), Agritubel (2005) and Caisse d'Epargne (2006/2007).

In 2006 he donned the French Tricolore when he won the road championships in Chantonnay. In the exciting 239km race he held off an elite three-men group (Thomas Voeckler, Didier Rous and Christophe Moreau) by 21 seconds.

But that wasn't his first national win, as in 2001 he was the country's time trial champion. The beaten riders included Christophe Moreau again (second) and Eddy Seigneur (third).

That year, Brard also won a stage in the Etoile de Bessèges, the GP Cholet - Pays de Loire, Paris - Bourges and the EnBW GP as well as the Joseph Vögeli Memorial (both two-team time trials).

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