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) TeamResult
1Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ6:04:38 
2Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:04 
3Tony Gallopin (Fra) Radioshack - Leopard0:00:13 
4Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ0:00:30 
5Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ0:00:36 
6Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ0:00:41 
7Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
8Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
9Anthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ  
10Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Sojasun  
11Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
12Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
13Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:49 
14Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano0:00:53 
15Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ0:00:56 
16Angélo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar0:01:11 
17Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:26 
18Jean - Lou Paiani (Fra) Sojasun  
19Maxime Bouet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
20Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
21Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun  
22Maxime Mederel (Fra) Sojasun  
23Renaud Dion (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement0:01:36 
24Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement0:01:37 
25Sébastien Minard (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:01:45 
26Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
27Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
28Jérémie Galland (Fra) Sojasun  
29Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
30Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
31Christophe Riblon (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
32Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
33Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ  
34Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
35Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ  
36Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Team Europcar  
37Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ  
38Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:01:49 
39John Gadret (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:01:50 
40Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ0:02:10 
41Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar0:03:24 
42Steve Chainel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:03:42 
43Blel Kadri (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale0:05:27 
44Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Sojasun0:06:50 
45Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ0:08:00 
46Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) Sojasun  
47Jean Luc Delpech (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
48Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
49Sébastien Hinault (Fra) Iam Cycling  
50Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
51Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil - Dcm Pro Cycling Team  
52Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
53David Le Lay (Fra) Sojasun  
54Julien El Fares (Fra) Sojasun  
55Christophe Laborie (Fra) Sojasun  
56Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
57Mikael Cherel (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
58Franck Bouyer (Fra) Team Europcar  
59Paul Poux (Fra) Sojasun  
60Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ  
61Steven Tronet (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
62Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Sojasun  
63Rémi Cusin (Fra) Iam Cycling  
64César Bihel (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch  
65Damien Gaudin (Fra) Team Europcar  
66Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
67Rony Martias (Fra) Sojasun  
68Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Ihned  
69Thomas Lebas (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor  
70Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
71Nicolas Baldo (Fra) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
72Florian Senechal (Fra) Etixx - Ihned  
73Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
74Romain Sicard (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
75Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Sojasun  
76Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
77Loïc Desriac (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
78Florent Barle (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
79Cyrille Patoux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
80Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
81Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ  
82Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano  
83Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
84Gael Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
85Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Accent Jobs - Wanty  
86Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ  
87Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
88Jean - Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
89William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
90Benjamin Giraud (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
91Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
92Grégoire Tarride (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
93Quentin Jauregui (Fra) Bkcp - Powerplus  
94Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
95Alexandre Blain (Fra) Team Raleigh  
96Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ  
97Brice Feillu (Fra) Sojasun  
98Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Sojasun  
99Etienne Tortelier (Fra) Sojasun  
100Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
101Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Sojasun  
102Jean - Marc Marino (Fra) Sojasun  
103Yannick Martinez (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
104Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
105Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
106Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
107Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFThéo Vimpere (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
DNFJulien Antomarchi (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFBoris Zimine (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFFranck Vermeulen (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMaxime Le Montagner (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFKévin Lalouette (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFRudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFGuillaume Faucon (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
DNFBenoït Drujon (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFAntoine Lavieu (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFThomas Rostollan (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) La Pomme Marseille  
DNFYann Huguet (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano  
DNFThierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos - Shimano  
DNFDamien Monier (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFVincent Canard (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor  
DNFVictor Fobert (Fra) Colombia  
DNFQuentin Tanis (Fra) Colombia  
DNFDenis Flahaut (Fra) Colombia  
DNFMathieu Chiocca (Fra) Atlas Personal - Jakroo  
DNFFlavien Dassonville (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
DNFLéo Menville (Fra) Team Nsp - Ghost  
DNFJean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFEric Berthou (Fra) Team Raleigh  
DNFArnaud Jouffroy (Fra) Telenet Fidea  
DNFKenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ  
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
DNFLaurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ  
DNFCédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) Sojasun  
DNFJonathan Hivert (Fra) Sojasun  
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFAnthony Charteau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFBryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFChristophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFAxel Domont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFPierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFNicolas Bazin (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFHubert Dupont (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFLloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2R La Mondiale  
DNFErwann Corbel (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
DNFSébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
DNFBenoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
DNFBenjamin Le Montagner (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
DNFPierre - Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne Seche Environnement  
DNFJulien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRomain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFStéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRomain Bacon (Fra) Bigmat-Auber 93  
DNFMorgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  


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