This is the page of Valentin Madouas, a French cyclist from Groupama-FDJ. Besides being an all-rounder who excels in the hills and on cobbles, he is also an important domestique. IDLProCycling.com keeps a close eye on all news related to Madouas, along with maintaining a biography of his career.
Madouas was born on July 12, 1996, in Brest. As a true Breton, he got an early opportunity as a trainee with Bretagne-Séché Environnement. However, he was not offered a contract. In 2017, Groupama-FDJ saw potential in Madouas and offered him a trainee position. This time, he made enough of an impression to be offered a contract for 2018. Madouas proved to be quite adept in smaller multi-day races and semi-classics, even winning Paris-Bourges, his first professional victory.
In 2019, Madouas made an impression with an eighth-place finish in the Amstel Gold Race and notable placements in Paris-Nice and the Tour of the Basque Country. In his first grand tour, the Giro, Madouas also demonstrated his ability to compete in high mountains: the then 22-year-old Frenchman finished thirteenth in the general classification. He rode his first Tour de France a year later, where he was allowed to be aggressive in attacks, earning him a fourth-place finish in the thirteenth stage.
2021 was primarily a year of learning for Madouas. He achieved a number of notable placements in the spring and smaller autumn races, but in the Tour de France, he primarily worked as a domestique for team leader and fellow generation member David Gaudu. In 2022, Madouas came into his own. He finished seventh in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic, then surprised everyone with a third place in the Tour of Flanders. In the Tour de France, Madouas was again the chief support for Gaudu, helping him to a fourth-place finish in Paris. Madouas himself finished tenth, his best performance in a grand tour. With victories in the Tour du Doubs and the Tour of Luxembourg, the Frenchman ended 2022 on a high note.
In 2023, Valentin Madouas had a successful year, marked by significant achievements. He won the French National Road Race Championships and the Bretagne Classic. Madouas also secured second place in the Strade Bianche, demonstrating his versatility and skill across different types of races. Additionally, he finished fourth in both the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal and the Vuelta a Murcia, along with a fifth place in Liège–Bastogne–Liège.