Moncoutié out of French national championships

Frenchman keen to spend time with newborn son

David Moncoutié (Cofidis) has withdrawn from the French road championships that will take place in Saint-Brieuc, on Sunday.

French sports daily L'Equipe reported that Moncoutié had forfeited his position in the race in order to spend time with his family. Moncoutié's wife gave birth to the couple's second child, a baby boy, on Friday.

Despite the absence of Moncoutié, Cofidis will be well represented at Sunday's championship with 17 riders scheduled to take part.

Cofidis announced last week that the following riders will take part in the race for the French national title:

Stéphane Auge, Alexandre Blain, Guillaume Blot, Florent Brard, Mickaël Buffaz, Jean Eudes Demaret, Hervé Duclos-Lasalle, Remi Pauriol, Sébastien Portal, Roman Villa, Amaël Moinard, Sébastien Minard, Damien Monier, Maryan Hary, Julien El Fares, Samuel Dumoulin and Christophe Kern.

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