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Bonjour: Livening things up

In the peloton since 2000Sponsor: free newspaper chainBudget: $3.4 millionManager: Philippe RaimbaudDirecteur sportif: Jean René BernaudeauAssistants: Thierry Bricaud, Christian Guiberteau, ChristopheFaudotRiders (as of July 1)BÉNÉTEAU Walter   (F),  July 28, 1972BOUYER Franck   (F),  March 17, 1974CHAVANEL Sylvain   (F),  June 30, 1979MAGNIEN Emmanuel  (F),  May 7, 1971NAZON Damien   (F),  June 26, 1974PINEAU Jerome (F)RENIER Franck   (F),  April 11, 1974ROUS Didier   (F),  September 18, 1970SIMON François   (F),  October 28, 1968 IntroductionJean-René Bernaudeau’s team again needed a

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In the peloton since 2000
Sponsor: free newspaper chain
Budget: $3.4 million
Manager: Philippe Raimbaud
Directeur sportif: Jean René Bernaudeau
Assistants: Thierry Bricaud, Christian Guiberteau, ChristopheFaudotRiders (as of July 1)
BÉNÉTEAU Walter   (F),  July 28, 1972
BOUYER Franck   (F),  March 17, 1974
CHAVANEL Sylvain   (F),  June 30, 1979
MAGNIEN Emmanuel  (F),  May 7, 1971
NAZON Damien   (F),  June 26, 1974
PINEAU Jerome (F)
RENIER Franck   (F),  April 11, 1974
ROUS Didier   (F),  September 18, 1970
SIMON François   (F),  October 28, 1968

Introduction
Jean-René Bernaudeau’s team again needed a wild-card slot toget into the Tour de France. Though the team didn’t gain automatic entry,the performances of Didier Rous, French champion last year, FrançoisSimon, a key player in the 2001 Tour, and Sylvain Chavanel, the slim kidwho won the Climbers’ Trophy this May 1, were irrefutable arguments. Nodoubt , the Bonjour team will liven up the coming Grande Boucle just asmuch as it did last year. Remember that François Simon was the top-finishingFrenchman in Paris (6th overall). Also, new signing Emmanuel Magnien willbring his experience to the race and his speed may allow him to dream ofTour green.TEAM WINS2001
D. NAZON: Étoile de Bessèges, two stages.
ROUS: Tour de Vendée; Climbers’ Trophy; Four Days ofDunkirk, overall and two stages; French Championship.
BOUYER: Tour du Limousin, overall and one stage.
RENIER: Tour du Finistère.2002
D. NAZON: Tour of Qatar, one stage.
DERAME: GP de Lillers.
PINEAU: Tour of Normandy.
ROUS: Circuit de la Sarthe.
CHAVANEL: Climbers’ Trophy.INTERVIEW
Jean René Bernaudeau, directeur sportif:
“We are obviously thrilled to be at the start of this Tour. We provedlast year that we deserved to be selected, but from one year to the next,the spots are never guaranteed. That’s why we’re relieved. Once again,with a very homogeneous team, between veteran racers with experience, likeDidier Rous and François Simon, and young talents who are provingthemselves, like Sylvain Chavanel, we are going to put up a fight. Thosewho think that the first part of the Tour is destined for the sprintersare wrong, because, without a doubt, there will be many attempts to breakaway. We will be in the front more than ever and I strongly believe wewill achieve something good.”