Tronet beats Gallopin for French road title

Auber 93 rider wins sprint from select group after Nacer Bouhanni crashes

Steven Tronet (Auber 93) claimed the French title in a crash-marred finale. Hot favorite Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) went down and runner-up Anthony Roux (FDJ) was disqualified for having changed his line. Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) and Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling) ended up on the final podium deprived of representatives from the French teams set to ride the Tour de France next week.

“Since I won stage 1 of the Route du Sud [in a very difficult finale in Auch], I believed I was able to become the French champion”, Tronet explained. “My friends, my family, my teams convinced me that I could win this race.”

Nevertheless, Tronet, 28, wasn’t exactly a favorite. The course in Chantonnay with three hills on the course was equally favorable for a long lasting breakaway or a sprint finish. A 13-man front group comprising Jérôme Coppel (IAM Cycling), Matthieu Boulo (Bretagne-Séché Environnement), Julien Guay (Auber 93), Rudy Molard and Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Bryan Nauleau and Cyril Gautier (Europcar), Francis Mourey, Olivier Le Gac and Kenny Elissonde (FDJ), Pierre-Roger Latour and Christophe Riblon (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Jérôme Mainard (Armée de Terre) stayed away after 100km.

Riblon, Coppel and Molard were rejoined by Warren Barguil (Giant-Alpecin), Romain Bardet and Damien Gaudin (AG2R-La Mondiale), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) and Julien Antomarchi (Roubaix-Lille Métropole) with two laps to go (34km). Voeckler did a great race once again. He attacked as much as he could but Cofidis seemed to have the race in its hand with five riders escorting Bouhanni in the final lap.

“Everyone was kind of alone in the finale”, Gallopin explained. “It was a group of strong men at the end. We had to make the race hard for Cofidis. I didn’t want to be second or third behind Bouhanni. My intention was to attack at the flamme rouge but Romain [Bardet] did it before me. I countered but Steven launched his sprint at the right moment.”

“I always like this kind of very long sprint”, Tronet confirmed. None of the podium finishers witnessed the crash that took Bouhanni down with 300 metres to go. It happened behind them when the 2012 French champion touched the wheel of Roux who was looking for a way on the left side as the wind was blowing from the left.

“Bouhanni deserved to win because of all the work done by Cofidis before,” said Chavanel, "but it’s not a real surprise to see Tronet winning after what he did at the Route du Sud.”

Gallopin was adamant that Bouhanni wouldn’t have necessarily won, hadn’t he crashed.

“Tronet was also very strong”, said the Parisian. “I’m really happy for him and for his team. I’ve myself raced for Auber 93 before. They’ve taught me a lot and they’ve done a lot for French cycling and young riders.”

Auber 93 already won the French title in 2000 with Christophe Capelle in the same area, in Le Poiré-sur-Vie, also in Vendée. But they were a Tour de France team at the time with BigMat as a main sponsor. They’ve been around in professional cycling under the management of Stéphane Javalet for twenty-three years. Everyone likes “les p’tits gars d’Auber” but there won’t be the French champion jersey at the Tour de France this year.



#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 935:58:11 
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:00:03 
3Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
4Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin  
5Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
6Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
7Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:06 
8John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team  
9Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:10 
10Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:18 
11Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:21 
12Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:45 
13Anthony Roux (Fra)  
14Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:13 
15Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:01:51 
16Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber 930:02:03 
18César Bihel (Fra) Auber 93  
19Clément Koretzky (Fra) Team Vorarlberg0:02:42 
20Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
21Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
22Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Fabien Canal (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
24Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:44 
25Romain Combaud (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
26Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
27Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Théo Vimpere (Fra) Auber 93  
30Anthony Maldonado (Fra) Auber 93  
31Julien Guay (Fra) Auber 93  
32Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
33Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
34Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar  
35Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
36Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
37Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra)  
38Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
39Kévin Reza (Fra)  
40Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
41Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra)  
43Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:30 
44Jerome Mainard (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre0:04:23 
45Yoann Barbas (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
46Romain Le Roux (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
47Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr0:05:03 
48Laurent Pichon (Fra)  
49Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar0:06:19 
50Arnaud Demare (Fra)  
51Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.fr0:07:13 
52Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:26 
53Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
54Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
55Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr0:08:08 
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra)  
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Fra)  
DNFMickael Delage (Fra)  
DNFKenny Elissonde (Fra)  
DNFAnthony Geslin (Fra)  
DNFArnold Jeannesson (Fra)  
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra)  
DNFOlivier Le Gac (Fra)  
DNFLorenzo Manzin (Fra)  
DNFFrancis Mourey (Fra)  
DNFCédric Pineau (Fra)  
DNFMarc Sarreau (Fra)  
DNFArthur Vichot (Fra)  
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFThomas Boudat (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFJerome Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFRomain Guillemois (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFFabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFVincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFMorgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFBryan Naulleau (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFGuillaume Thévenot (Fra) Team Europcar  
DNFBruno Armirail (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFAlexis Bodiot (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFJulien Gonnet (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFYann Guyot (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFKevin Lebreton (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFJordan Levasseur (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFQuentin Pacher (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFJimmy Raibaud (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFBenoît Sinner (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFBenjamin Thomas (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFEtienne Tortelier (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de Terre  
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAxel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFHubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFQuentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFBiel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFPierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFJean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMatthieu Boulo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFFrédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFAnthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFArnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFFlorian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFJonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFChristophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFPierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFFlorian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
DNFYohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFLoïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRomain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFChristophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFCyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFFlorian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFClément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFPierre Gouault (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFDavid Menut (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFMaxime Renault (Fra) Auber 93  
DNFAlexandre Blain (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
DNFRémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
DNFYoann Paillot (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
DNFClément Penven (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
DNFClement Saint Martin (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
DNFGrégoire Tarride (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTM  
DNFRudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFThomas Damuseau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFRudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFJeremy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFJérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFMelvin Rulliere (Fra) Veranclassic - Ekoi  
DNFAlexis Guerin (Fra) AWT Greenway  
DNFRayane Bouhanni (Fra) AWT Greenway  
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Vorarlberg  
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) Cult Energy Pro Cycling  
DNFCorentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk  
DNFDamien Monier (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team  
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh GAC  

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