Jean-Christophe Péraud joins the UCI as Manager of Equipment and the Fight against technological fraud
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jean-Christophe Péraud as Manager of Equipment and the Fight against technological fraud.
Born in Toulouse, France, 40-year-old Jean-Christophe Péraud was a professional road cyclist from 2010 to 2016. Leader of the UCI WorldTeam AG2R La Mondiale, he finished second in the Tour de France in 2014. Previously, from 1998 to 2009, he was a top international mountain bike athlete, and won the silver medal in this discipline at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Throughout his sporting career, he had the opportunity to collaborate regularly with different manufacturers in the cycling world.
Jean-Christophe Péraud holds a University Technological Diploma (Diplôme universitaire de technologie - DUT) in chemical engineering, Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in process engineering, and a Diploma in energy and environmental engineering obtained at the National Institute of Applied Sciences (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées - INSA) in Lyon (France). During a large part of his career as an elite athlete, Jean-Christophe Péraud worked as an engineer, initially as an Engineer in continuous improvement projects at the Creusot Forge (France) before, until recently, holding the position of engineer in thermal hydraulics for Areva, a French multinational company in the energy sector.
As Manager of Equipment and the Fight against technological fraud, Jean-Christophe Péraud will notably be in charge of the UCI’s management of approval procedures for equipment and clothing used in competition, the management of projects concerning the use of new technologies in cycling events, and the fight against technological fraud.
The UCI President David Lappartient welcomed the appointment of Jean-Christophe Péraud: “Thanks to his solid academic background, his professional career and his experience as a top athlete, he is the ideal person to work, in close collaboration with the UCI Ad hoc Commission, on the modernisation of the current regulations and procedures covering equipment, in particular those concerning the fight against technological fraud. This problematic issue is one of my highest priorities. The credibility of sports results hangs on it. A detailed plan of action in this specific area will be revealed next January.”
The new Manager of Equipment and the Fight against technological fraud Jean-Christophe Péraud said: “Recently retired from the peloton, I wanted to continue working for the sport I love. The challenge I have been offered today fulfils my wish perfectly. I will invest all my energy, and all my knowledge of and expertise in both engineering and the sport of cycling into this role. The UCI already has an effective policy concerning equipment and the fight against technological fraud, but I am convinced that this can still be improved. That is what I will now be working on.”