Nacer Bouhanni

Nacer Bouhanni

Bouhanni at the 2015 Grand Prix de Fourmies
Personal information
Full name Nacer Bouhanni
Born (1990-07-25) 25 July 1990
Épinal, France
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Team information
Current team Cofidis
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type Sprinter
Professional team(s)
2010–2014 Française des Jeux
2015– Cofidis
Major wins

Grand Tours

Giro d'Italia
Points classification (2014)
3 individual stages (2014)
Vuelta a España
2 individual stages (2014)

Single-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2012)
Grand Prix de Fourmies (2013)
Tour de Vendée (2013, 2016)


UCI Europe Tour (2015)
Infobox last updated on
02 October 2016

Nacer Bouhanni (born 25 July 1990) is a French professional racing cyclist, who rides for UCI ProTeam Cofidis.[1] A sprinter, he was the winner of the 2012 French National Road Race Championships.[2] Although his first Grand Tour was in 2012, his real breakthrough was in 2014 when he won three stages and the points classification in the Giro d'Italia. In August 2014 it was announced that Bouhanni would leave FDJ and join Cofidis on a two-year deal from 2015.[3]



After a good amateur career, which saw him winning the national cycling military championships, he signed a contact with FDJ. In January he got his first professional stage win in La Tropicale Amissa Bongo.


Bouhanni won his first stage of the season by winning stage 1 of Étoile de Bessèges. Later that season he got his breakthrough win by winning the National Road Race Championships ahead of his teammate Arnaud Demare. He also rode his first Grand Tour at Vuelta a Espana, where his best finish was second on stage 10.


2013 season started well with a stage win in Tour of Oman. Afterwards he rode Paris-Nice, where he got a stage win and the leader jersey, however he crashed out of the race the very next day. He rode Giro d'Italia, where he finished second to Mark Cavendish on the first stage. He retired on stage 13. He also rode his first Tour, however he got sick and retired after a crash on stage 5.


The 2014 season was very successful for Bouhanni, with numerous wins including three victories in the Giro d'Italia as well as earning the points jersey in that race.[4] In the 2014 Vuelta a España, Bouhanni won two mass sprint, Stage 2 and Stage 8. The latter saw a battle occur in the crosswinds and Bouhanni managed to stay with the first group on the road to win the controversial sprint ahead of Michael Matthews and Peter Sagan.[5] After withdrawing from the Vuelta, Bouhanni gave an interview where he was critical of the FDJ management. As a response, Marc Madiot sidelined him for the remainder of the season, at the end of which Bouhanni left the team for Cofidis.[6]


He had to wait until April to get his first victory for his new team on the opening stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe in a bunch kick as the breakaway was caught inside the final kilometer.[7] He also won the last stage of the event.[8] A little later on that month, he won the Grand Prix de Denain for the second year in a row.[9] He won his team's first UCI World Tour race of the season on stage 2 of the Critérium du Dauphiné in a bunch kick.[10] He repeated his winning ways on Stage 4 after a hectic finale which saw a flurry of attacks.[11] Bouhanni was forced to withdraw from the 2015 Tour de France after a crash at the 12 km mark of Stage 5.[12]


Bouhanni won stage 1 of the Volta a Catalunya and took the leader's jersey.

Bouhanni had to withdraw from the French national championships due to a hand injury sustained in an altercation with fellow guests at a hotel the night before the race.[13] The injury also caused him to withdraw from the 2016 Tour de France.[14]

On 21 August 2016 Bouhanni won the EuroEyes Cyclassics in the sprint but he was later disqualified in favor of Caleb Ewan.

Career achievements

Major results

5th Overall Tour de Gironde
1st Stage 2
1st Stage 3 La Tropicale Amissa Bongo
8th Grand Prix de Denain
8th Paris–Troyes
1st National Road Race Championships
1st Overall Circuit de Lorraine
1st Stage 1
1st Points classification
1st Young rider classification
1st Halle–Ingooigem
1st Stage 1 Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 1 Tour de Wallonie
1st Stage 4 Tour de l'Eurometropole
1st Val d'Ille U Classic 35
1st Grand Prix de Fourmies
1st Tour de Vendée
Tour of Beijing
1st Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 3
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 6 Tour of Oman
1st Stage 2 Circuit de la Sarthe
2nd Omloop van het Houtland
3rd Grand Prix de Denain
3rd Halle–Ingooigem
3rd Brussels Cycling Classic
8th Overall Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1, 2 & 3
1st Grand Prix de Denain
Giro d'Italia
1st Points classification
1st Stages 4, 7 & 10
1st Azzurri d'Italia classification
Vuelta a España
1st Stages 2 & 8
Held after Stages 2–3
Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Points classification
1st Stage 1
1st Stage 1 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 4 Eneco Tour
1st Stage 2 Étoile de Bessèges
1st Stage 1 Critérium International
3rd Le Samyn
3rd Nokere Koerse
10th UCI World Road Race Championships
1st UCI Europe Tour
1st Halle–Ingooigem
1st Circuito de Getxo
1st Grand Prix d'Isbergues
1st Grand Prix de Denain
1st Nationale Sluitingsprijs
Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Points classification
1st Stages 2 & 4
Circuit de la Sarthe
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 4
Tour de l'Ain
1st Points classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
2nd Paris–Bourges
2nd Route Adélie
3rd Grand Prix de Fourmies
4th Trofeo Santanyi-SesSalines-Campos
6th Milan–San Remo
9th Polynormande
1st Overall Tour de Picardie
1st Points Classification
1st Stages 1 & 2
Volta a Catalunya
1st Stages 1 & 2
Tour du Poitou-Charentes
1st Stages 1 & 3
1st Stage 4 Paris–Nice
1st Stage 1 Critérium du Dauphiné
1st Stage 2 Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Tour de Vendée
2nd Grand Prix de Fourmies
2nd Trofeo Playa de Palma
3rd Kuurne–Brussels–Kuurne
3rd Brussels Cycling Classic
4th Milan–San Remo
5th Clásica de Almería
7th Paris–Tours

Grand Tour general classification results timeline

Grand Tour 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Pink jersey Giro WD 140
Yellow jersey Tour WD WD
red jersey Vuelta WD WD WD

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP


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  2. Moore, Kyle (24 June 2012). "Nacer Bouhanni times it perfectly to grab first French tricolor". VeloNation. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  3. Hood, Andrew (1 August 2014). "Giro points champ Bouhanni to Cofidis; Boom to Astana". VeloNews. Retrieved 3 August 2014.
  4. "Bouhanni celebrates winning the Giro's points classification". Future plc. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  5. "Vuelta a España: Bouhanni wins stage 8 in Albacete". Future plc. 30 August 2014. Retrieved 30 August 2014.
  6. "FDJ sidelines Bouhanni in response to French interview". Future plc. 11 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  7. Jean-François Quénet (7 April 2015). "Bouhanni claims first win of 2015 in Circuit Sarthe opener". Future plc. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  8. Jean-François Quénet (10 April 2015). "Navardauskas wins Circuit Sarthe overall". Future plc. Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  9. Stephen Farrand (17 April 2015). "Bouhanni defends title at GP de Denain". Future plc. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  10. "Critérium du Dauphiné: Bouhanni takes victory on stage 2". Future plc. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 8 June 2015.
  11. "Bouhanni wins stage 4 at Criterium du Dauphine; Dennis leads". Yahoo! News. Yahoo – ABC News Network. AP. 10 June 2015. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  12. "Nacer Bouhanni crashes out of the Tour de France". Future plc. 8 July 2015. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  13. "Bouhanni injured in fight with 'drunk' hotel guests at French Championships |". Retrieved 2016-07-02.
  14. "Bouhanni's Tour de France absence a 'catastrophe' for Cofidis |". Retrieved 2016-07-02.
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