Quentin Lafargue was born in Mazères near Bordeaux.
He remained faithful to his first club, the « Vélo Club Pays de Langon », till 2013. He remains committed to his home region and has a licence with the “Girondins de Bordeaux Cyclisme”.
Now he is a nationally and internationally renowned professional track cyclist.
Starting at INSEP
At 15, between 2006 and 2013, Quentin was a full time resident at INSEP. INSEP is the institute that trains high potential sportsmen and women.
This institute has been the hub for the most famous French sportsmen and women, from basketball to track & field and track cycling: Christine Aaron, Tony Parker, Teddy Riner or Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, and of course the most well-known track cyclists: Felicia Ballanger, Florian Rousseau and Arnaud Tournant.
At l’INSEP, Quentin found a structure where he could attend school and also practice sports. In 2009, he passed the Baccalauréat STG, and in 2011 he passed the BEESAC 1st level (sports teacher exam). He was preparing a sports journalist diploma when he decided to switch to a full time sportsman activity.
New National Cycling Center
France provided means for its ambitions with the Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines National Velodrome (78). It opened on January 30, 2014 in the town of Montigny-le-Bretonneux. This exceptional velodrome is one of the most beautiful in the world. It is where the Olympic French Track Cycling Team trains daily.
Quentin trains for 30 hours a week and is lucky to be trained by French Federation Trainers.
Florian Rousseau (from 2006 to 2013), Justin Grace (from 2013 to 2014) then jointly Laurent Gané and Franck Durivaux (from 2014 to 2016). Herman Terryn is now in charge of the French Federation Sprinting for the next 4 years. Now Quentin is a full time track sprinter.
As a Junior, he became European and World Champion, then 9 times French Champion in the Elite Contest. In 2015 he was awarded his 1st Bronze medal in Individual Sprinting (pinnacle of cycling) at the World Elite Championship. In 2016, he was awarded a bronze medal at the World Championship for the kilometer contest.
New project for future Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
When Quentin didn’t get selected for the Rio Olympic Games, he went through a challenging period in his young career.
Nevertheless he could count on the French Cycling Federation support, on his family and friends, and partners.
A new start: keep everything that works, strongly support the French Federation project and make progress where necessary. Jointly with Vincent Jacquet (DTN) and the French Federation, he built a performance project and created a team to serve his ambition. At only 26, he has the potential to perform and bring the French Team values to the highest.
The ball is rolling, Quentin is focused on the next Olympiad with the Olympic Games in TOKYO 2020 as a target