Sylvain Chavanel Albira
(Born Châtellerault France
June 30, 1979
) is a French professional road bicycle racer. His brother Sébastien Chavanel
is also a cyclist.Chavanel started his professional career in 2000 with Jean-René Bernaudeau's team Bonjour
, which became Brioches La Boulangère
in 2003. He is currently riding for UCI ProTeam Quick Step
, 24 July 2008
Chavanel was born in Châtellerault, France, although his family roots are in Spain
. His great-grandparents were from Huesca, in the Aragon
region. His grandfather was born in Barcelona
and moved to Châtellerault during the Spanish civil war
. Other members of the family still live in Aragon.
He said: "Last year , when the Vuelta was in Zaragoza
, I got to know the cousin of mine using a journalist as the translator and she gave me a picture of my grandfather when he was young. Despite my origins, I hardly know a word of Spanish - just swear words.".
As a child he played in the garden with models of racing cyclists. He said:
- We've got quite a big family and we're all into cycling. I remember playing out in the garden with my......