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Sylvain CHAVANEL

French Sylvain CHAVANEL

French professional road bicycle racer

Source :  Lucien GERME

Born: on June 30, 1979 in Châtellerault, France  (40 years)


Biography

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. It is the Spanish link that gives Chavanel the double name of Chavanel Albira, although he uses it only on official forms. He said: "Last year [2007], 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".

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