Vichot wins French title

Chavanel and Gallopin complete the podium

Arthur Vichot ensured that the FDJ team retained the French national title, taking victory with a well-timed and well-executed late attack.

Vichot spent close 245km at the front of the race that covered a section of the dirt road used in the Tro Bro Leon race and then surged away from Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) inside the final kilometre. Tony Gallopin (Radioshack-Leopard) was also in the decisive attack of the race and finished third, a few second back.

“To wear the red, white and blue jersey during the 100th Tour de France that will be held completely in France is going to be exceptional," Vichot said, knowing the French title secured his place in the FDJ team. 

“It was kind of my role to be one of the potential winners taking part in the early move”, the 24 year old explained. “It’s also part of my job to follow the instructions. We had the numbers at the start [there were 24 riders for FDJ, 23 for Europcar and 21 for Sojasun in the race]. It was a good option for the team to have me and William [Bonnet] at the front."

"245 kilometres, it’s quite long. I’ve had time to go through different feelings. I didn’t see it as a sacrifice. As I’m pretty bad in cyclo-cross and riding on cobbles, it was better for me to be ahead.”

The FDJ riders wanted to win for their directeur sportif Marc and Yvon Madiot, whose father passed away on Friday at the age of 82. Both went back to their hometown of Renazé and were not at the race.

“It’s been strange to not hear Marc yelling at the team meeting on the eve of the race”, Vichot noted. “But we’ve had a different version in local language from Picardy [where assistant DS Martial Gayant is from]. As a rider, I don’t take myself very seriously. That’s how I am. I hope it’s my strength. But I came out of the Dauphiné very disappointed. Last year I had won a stage and not this year. I had to kick my ass in training. I had in my mind to come to the championship to win. Many of us did. But I suspect my last two rivals to have been less wary of me than each other because I had been away in the wind for a long time. I’ve tried to look like a dead man but it wasn’t easy.”

A big early breakaway

The big early break shaped the race. As well as Vichot and Bonnet, it included Jimmy Engoulvent, Jean-Lou Paiani and Maxime Médérel (Sojasun), Angelo Tulik and Sébastien Chavanel (Team Europcar), Steve Chainel (AG2R-La Mondiale), Stéphane Pouilhès (Cofidis), Renaud Dion (Bretagne-Séché Environnement) and Alexandre Blain (Raleigh). Their advantage went up to 10.15 at half way.

BigMat-Auber 93 and AG2R-La Mondiale initiated the chase but with 35km to go, Vichot attacked and took up the racing. He got caught in the last lap by Chavanel and then Gallopin as the chasers struggled to work together behind. With less than one kilometer, Vichot took a turn and opened an advantage of a few metres. As Chavanel and Gallopin watched each other, he accelerated and went on to win solo atop the rise to the finish.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 6:04:38  
2 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:04  
3 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack - Leopard 0:00:13  
4 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 0:00:30  
5 Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ 0:00:36  
6 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ 0:00:41  
7 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
8 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
9 Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ    
10 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun    
11 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
12 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar    
13 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:49  
14 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano 0:00:53  
15 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ 0:00:56  
16 Angélo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:11  
17 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:26  
18 Jean - Lou Paiani (Fra) Sojasun    
19 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
20 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ    
21 Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun    
22 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun    
23 Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement 0:01:36  
24 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement 0:01:37  
25 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:01:45  
26 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
27 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
28 Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun    
29 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
30 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
31 Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
32 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
33 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ    
34 Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
35 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ    
36 Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar    
37 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ    
38 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:49  
39 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:01:50  
40 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ 0:02:10  
41 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:03:24  
42 Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:03:42  
43 Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale 0:05:27  
44 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun 0:06:50  
45 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ 0:08:00  
46 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun    
47 Jean Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
48 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar    
49 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Iam Cycling    
50 Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93    
51 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil - Dcm Pro Cycling Team    
52 Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
53 David Le Lay (Fra) Sojasun    
54 Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun    
55 Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun    
56 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
57 Mikael Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
58 Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar    
59 Paul Poux (Fra) Sojasun    
60 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ    
61 Steven Tronet (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93    
62 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun    
63 Rémi Cusin (Fra) Iam Cycling    
64 César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch    
65 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar    
66 Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93    
67 Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun    
68 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Ihned    
69 Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor    
70 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
71 Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal - Jakroo    
72 Florian Senechal (Fra) Etixx - Ihned    
73 Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93    
74 Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi    
75 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun    
76 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
77 Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
78 Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
79 Cyrille Patoux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
80 Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ    
81 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ    
82 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano    
83 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar    
84 Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
85 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs - Wanty    
86 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ    
87 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
88 Jean - Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
89 William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ    
90 Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
91 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
92 Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
93 Quentin Jauregui (Fra) Bkcp - Powerplus    
94 Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
95 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Team Raleigh    
96 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ    
97 Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun    
98 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun    
99 Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Sojasun    
100 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
101 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun    
102 Jean - Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun    
103 Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
104 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
105 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar    
106 Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar    
107 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Théo Vimpere (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93    
DNF Julien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Boris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Franck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Maxime Le Montagner (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Kévin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Rudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Julien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Guillaume Faucon (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93    
DNF Benoït Drujon (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93    
DNF Justin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole    
DNF Antoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Thomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Thomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille    
DNF Yann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano    
DNF Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano    
DNF Damien Monier (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Vincent Canard (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor    
DNF Victor Fobert (Fra) Colombia    
DNF Quentin Tanis (Fra) Colombia    
DNF Denis Flahaut (Fra) Colombia    
DNF Mathieu Chiocca (Fra) Atlas Personal - Jakroo    
DNF Flavien Dassonville (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93    
DNF Léo Menville (Fra) Team Nsp - Ghost    
DNF Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
DNF Eric Berthou (Fra) Team Raleigh    
DNF Arnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet Fidea    
DNF Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ    
DNF Maxime Daniel (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun    
DNF Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Anthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Axel Domont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
DNF Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
DNF Nicolas Bazin (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93    
DNF Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
DNF Hubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
DNF Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale    
DNF Erwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
DNF Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
DNF Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
DNF Benjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
DNF Pierre - Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement    
DNF Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits    
DNF Romain Bacon (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93    
DNF Morgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar    


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