Pierre Rolland is a French professional road cyclist, born in Gien, He turned professional in 2007 with Crédit Agricole after riding for the team as a stagiaire in late 2006. In his first season as a professional he won stages at La Tropicale Amissa Bongo and the Tour du Limousin. In 2008 he won the Mountains classification at the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré.
During the 2011 Tour de France, Rolland gained acclaim for his strong work in defense of Thomas Voeckler’s yellow jersey. Rolland won the 19th stage at the top of Alpe d’Huez, beating Olympic gold medalist Samuel Sánchez and three-time Tour champion Alberto Contador. The victory also won him the white jersey, which he successfully defended in the 20th stage. He finished the Tour 11th in the general classification, his best career performance.
At the 2012 Tour de France, Rolland made a late attack which led to him winning stage 11, a mountain top finish up in La Toussuire/Les Sybelles. He finished the Tour in 8th place in the general classification, his best career performance, and the highest position of any Frenchman that year.