Geoffroy Lequatre (born June 30, 1981 in Pithiviers) is a French professional road racing cyclist who most recently rode for UCI Pro Continental Team Agritubel. He turned professional in 2004 with Crédit Agricole. Two years later he signed with Cofidis for the 2006 and 2007 seasons, and has ridden for Agritubel since. His biggest victory to date is an impressive win in the Tour of Britain in 2008.
He is known for his perseverance after a couple of major crashes. In 2005 at the Hamburg GP he fractured his face in some 20 places, which took a full year to recover from. In another incident in the 2007 Tour de France he made headlines with a heroic finish, broken and bleeding after a major crash. So impressive was his determination to finish that Tour officials voted to allow him to race the following day even though he was clearly outside the time limit citing ‘combativite extraordinaire.’ Unfortunately, it was decided from his hospital bed that he was hurt too badly to accept the honor.
While his primary focus is on cycling his secondary passion is on fashion design running his own clothing label and online boutique. His major results include: 1st GP de la Ville de Pérenchies and 3rd overall U23 Paris Tours in 2003, 3rd Stage 5 Regio-Tour International and 7th overall Tour de Limousin in 2004, 3rd Stage 5 Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana in 2005, 4th overall Paris Bourges in 2006, 6th overall Étoile de Bessèges and 7th overall Volta ao Algarve in 2007, 1st overall Tour of Britain, 2nd Stage 5 Circuit Cycliste Sarthe and 2nd Stage 2 Classica Internacional a Alcobendas y Collado Villalba in 2008.
By George Hurst