|Joly suffered cancer during his career|
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The rider, born in Tournon on the 25th of June in 1979, turned professional in 2000 with Bonjour and switched to Jean Delatour in 2003, winning the Route Adélie de Vitré with them. A year later he was with Crédit Agricole and remained on the team for two seasons, making his Tour de France debut with them in 2004 and winning the Tour du Limousin the following year. He moved on to FDJ in 2006 when he won the King of the Mountains at the Critérium du Dauphiné. The team honoured his contract in 2007 and throughout his cancer treatment, and he remained with them until 2010, racing with Saur-Sojasun since then.