Vichot wins French national road race

Second national title for FDJ rider

Arthur Vichot delivered FDJ’s fourth French national road race title in five years, and the second to his personal account after he pulled on the blue-white-red jersey three years ago between the reigns of Nacer Bouhanni and Arnaud Démare. On Sunday he succeeded Steven Tronet - who created an enormous surprise for Auber 93 last year - as he outsprinted breakaway companions Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) and Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale).

“[team manager] Marc Madiot told us at the pre race briefing that our favourite jersey had been borrowed for one year but we had to bring it back home”, Vichot said minutes after the finish in Vesoul.

“In the finale I played with the fact that I already won that race before at the difference of my two rivals. I didn’t look at them. I looked at the finishing line. It’s indescribable emotion after all the hiccups I faced since I last won the French championship.”

FDJ outnumbered the other teams in the 34 men leading group that took shape after the first lap with another 220km to go. Nine of them, Olivier Le Gac, Arnaud Démare, Benoît Vaugrenard, Sébastien Chavanel, Lorrenzo Manzin, Kevin Reza, Matthieu Ladagnous, Jérémy Roy and Cédric Pineau were accompanied by Jérémy Cornu, Tony Hurel, Thomas Voeckler, Bryan Nauleau, Lilian Calmejane, Bryan Coquard (Direct Energie), Jean-Marc Bideau, Arnaud Gérard, Cédric Delaplace, Julien Loubet, Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fortunéo-Vital Concept), Florian Sénéchal, Anthony Perez, Christophe Laporte, Clément Venturini, Cyril Lemoine, Jérôme Cousin (Cofidis), Leonardo Duque, Christophe Laborie (Delko-Marseille Provence), Alexis Gougeard, Hubert Dupont, Sébatien Minard, Pierre Latour, Jean-Christophe Peraud and Axel Domont (AG2R-La Mondiale).

All major teams were represented but not the continental squads who rode behind. Ladagnous, Périchon, Gougeard, Nauleau and Laporte forged on but most of the favourites came across. Vuillermoz, Gallopin and Vichot countered Julian Alaphilippe to ride away with 7km to go while Thibaut Pinot and Romain Bardet were marking each other. Alaphilippe didn’t manage to bridge the gap to the three escapees with Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R-La Mondiale) and Périchon on his wheel.

“For me it would have been the dream of my career to sprint for the win at a French championship”, said Dumoulin who was probably the fastest. “But all year long I campaign for team spirit so I wasn’t going to chase my team-mate and I couldn’t take the risk of bringing Alaphilippe to the line. I wasn’t 100% sure of beating him.”

“In an uphill sprint I could have challenged Vichot and Gallopin but a descending false flat like this wasn’t in my favor”, echoed Vuillermoz, “so I tried to take them by surprise at 300 metres but Tony saw me, Arthur also. I’m very disappointed to miss out on the title but after my crash at the Dauphiné I’m reassured about my condition ahead of the Tour de France.”

Probably the most disappointed of them all was Gallopin who was already second last year and third three years ago behind Vichot and Sylvain Chavanel. “I don’t think I’ve made any mistake”, said the Lotto-Soudal rider, who was once again isolated against well organized teams. “I’ve had a lot of disappointments in my career but this one tops the lot.”

“It had to be a tactical win especially against Alaphilippe who is impossible to follow on a short uphill, he’s really a Valverde type of rider”, commented Vichot who bounced back after a broken collarbone, a virus and a few tendonitis who hampered his career in the past two years.

“It might be egocentric to say that but after all the troubles I’ve experienced, I’m the rider who deserves this title the most. When I made the final top three at Paris-Nice with a stage win on the last day with my French champion jersey in 2014, I had reached a good level in the WorldTour but everything has gone wrong since. When I started this season, I said the most beautiful moment would be a win here at the French championship, it’s magic!”

Vichot hails from the Franche-Comté region where the race was held. So does Pinot who won the time trial on Thursday. “We couldn’t ask for more than these two titles this week on home soil”, Pinot declared. “We’ve got one jersey each. Everything is in place for the Tour.”

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ6:13:38 
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal  
3Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
4Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:12 
5Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
6Pierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
7Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:38 
8Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
9Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
10Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
11Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie  
12Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  
13Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ  
14Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale Pro Cycling0:01:23 
15Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
16Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
17Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
18Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ  
19Julien Loubet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
20Quentin Pacher (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
21Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ  
22Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ  
23Flavien Dassonville (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
24Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
25Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
26Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
27Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
28Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie  
29Yoann Barbas (Fra) Armee de Terre  
30Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
31François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
32Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin  
34Brice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
35Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
36Francis Mourey (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
37Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
38Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
39Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:45 
40Jerome Cousin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:48 
41Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:50 
42Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:01:56 
43Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
44Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille0:02:47 
45Pierre Moncorge (Fra) Bliz - Merida Pro Cycling  
46Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
47Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ  
48Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
49Jerome Mainard (Fra) Armee de Terre  
50Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ  
51Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
52Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Team Raleigh Gac  
53Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
55Brian Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
56Rayane Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:03:59 
57Frédéric Brun (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
58Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:29 
59Steven Tronet (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
60Yann Guyot (Fra) Armee de Terre0:05:36 
61Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
62Damien Garcia (Fra) Stradalli - Bike Aid0:06:24 
63Biel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:06:37 
64Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie  
65Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
66Thierry Hupond (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
67Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ  
68Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
69Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Direct Energie0:07:48 
71Jimmy Raibaud (Fra) Armee de Terre0:09:33 
72Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
73Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Armee de Terre  
74Florent Pereira (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille0:11:28 
75Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFJean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFFranck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFArnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFBenoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFKevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo - Vital Concept  
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) FDJ  
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ  
DNFArnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ  
DNFMickael Delage (Fra) FDJ  
DNFArnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ  
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) FDJ  
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
DNFOlivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ  
DNFJérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ  
DNFLorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ  
DNFMarc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ  
DNFBenoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ  
DNFJulien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFQuentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFSébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFThomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFLilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFRomain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFFabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFNacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFLoïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFHugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFChristophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFCyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFFlorian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFGeoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFClément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFBryan Alaphilippe (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFBruno Armirail (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFThibault Ferasse (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFRomain Le Roux (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFJordan Levasseur (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFClément Penven (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFStéphane Poulhies (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFThomas Rostollan (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFBenoît Sinner (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFYannis Yssaad (Fra) Armee de Terre  
DNFCésar Bihel (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFPierre Gouault (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFJulien Guay (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFAnthony Maldonado (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFDavid Menut (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFThéo Vimpere (Fra) HP-BTP Auber 93  
DNFJulien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFChristophe Laborie (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFLeonardo Fabio Duque (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFRudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
DNFJeremy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
DNFFelix Pouilly (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
DNFNicolas Moncomble (Fra) Roubaix Metropole Europeenne De Lille  
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh Gac  
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Team Roth  
DNFRémi Cavagna (Fra) Klein Constantia  
DNFMatthieu Jeannes (Fra) Lupus Racing Team  
DNFGuillaume De Almeida (Fra) Radio Popular - Boavista  
DNFAlliaume Leblond (Fra) Team Differdange - Losch  
DNFClément Koretzky (Fra) Team Vorarlberg  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Veranclassic-Ago  

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