Prof. since: 2000
Style of rider: Attacker, Stage hunter
Favourite race: Tour de France, Ronde Van Vlaanderen
Twitter name: @chava_sylvain
Last season Sylvain was once again one of the team's best riders, proving his class and determination in every race in which he participated. Sylvain was a major player in the northern classics as he rode in support of his teammates, and he also gave himself a splendid victory in the Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde, thanks to a fantastic performance in the time trial during the penultimate stage. His newfound groove in the time trial after a few years of ups and downs also allowed Sylvain to capture the fourth national time trial championship of his career, and earned him a place in the "Magnificent 6" club that won the World Championship TTT in Valkenburg. In 2013, Sylvain will once again be on the attack and on the hunt for success because "I adore this sport and the wind in my face," says "La Machine." "On this team we are highly motivated, and once again this year we are going to give it everything we've got to achieve significant goals."
1st stage Circuit Franco-Belge
Trophée des Grimpeurs and Overall Quatre Jours de Dunkerque.
Tour du Haut-Var, Part B 3rd stage Circuit de la Sarthe and Calais Circuit.
Overall Tour of Belgium, Overall Quatre Jours de Dunkerque, Polynormand, 3rd and 4th stage Tour de Poitou-Charentes et de la Vienne.
4th stage and overall Circuit Cycliste de la Sarthe, National time trial champion, Overall Tour de Poitou-Charentes et de la Vienne and Duo Normand (together with Thierry Marichal).
National time trial champion, Overall Tour de Poitou-Charentes et de la Vienne and Circuit Ormes.
5th stage Tour Méditerranéen, 6th stage Paris-Nice, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Brabantse Pijl, 4th stage Vuelta Ciclista a Catalunya , National time trial champion, 19th stage Tour de France , Castillon la Bataille and Dun le Palestel.
3rd stage Paris-Nice and Prologue Eneco Tour.
2nd and 7th stage Tour de France.
National road championships
3rd (B) stage Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde and Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde overall, National TT Championship and World Championship TTT.
6th stage Paris-Nice, Stage 3b and Overall Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde
2003: Brioches la Boulangere
2004: Brioches la Boulangere
2009: Team Quick Step
2010: Team Quick Step
2011: Quick-Step Cycling Team
2012: Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team rider Sylvain Chavanel put all his effort into a possible victory at the 2.9km Paris-Nice prologue on Sunday. Chavanel earned a 2nd place finish, just one second shy of the win, with the hard work evident by his face in the final meters.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team took a few minutes to speak to Sylvain Chavanel prior to the start of Paris-Nice on Sunday, March 3rd.
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team were such protagonists at 198.9km Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on Saturday that both Stijn Vandenbergh and Sylvain Chavanel had chances at a race victory. First, it was Chavanel attacking out of a break he bridged to with about 45km to go. Then, when Chavanel was caught by a new chase group that included Vandenbergh, Stijn eventually accelerated with Luca Paolini (Katusha) and they were suddenly off the front of a 10 rider escape group with 26.5km to go.