Anthony Roux rules France

FDJ rider beats Turgis and Alaphilippe to French national championship

Anthony Roux (FDJ) came out on top in a thrilling race at the French national championships with powerful sprint to hold off Anthony Turgis (Cofidis) and Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step  Floors). FDJ used their numbers in the finale perfectly to set up the win. With the line in sight Turgis opened up his sprint but Roux had enough in the tank to come back on terms and then take the win by a comfortable distance.

The win marked Roux's first French champion title as he won a six-man sprint in Mantes-la-Jolie near Paris.

"I can't believe it," Roux said. "For so many years, I've been close to winning, also in the time trial [4th on Thursday]. I made the podium twice and once I was disqualified [for causing the crash of Nacer Bouhanni [in 2015]. I was afraid that I was not able to target the victory any more. I didn't think the course would suit me. But the race went to perfection. I did everything to perform here after the Giro. Hadn't Alaphilippe come across, Rudy Molard would have been the French champion. I wasn't confident to beat Alaphilippe. When Turgis forced me to sprint from far out, it helped me to have a 56 gear at the front. We don't become French championz by coincidence. It's great to keep the title in the team."

Founded in 1997 by the Madiot brothers who were themselves French champions in 1986 (Yvon) and 1987 (Marc), the FDJ team took the title only once in fifteen years, with Nicolas Vogondy in 2002. Roux keeps the winning streak that started with Nacer Bouhanni in 2012, followed by Arthur Vichot in 2013 (and again in 2016) and Arnaud Démare in 2014 (and again in 2017), and was only interrupted by the victory of continental rider Steven Tronet for Auber 93 in 2015.

Now renamed Groupama-FDJ, they kept the race under their control from start to finish, first pulling behind early attackers Alexis Vuillermoz (AG2R-La Mondiale), Damien Gaudin (Direct Energie), Maxime Daniel (Fortuneo-Samsic) and Marc Fournier (Vital Concept). Secondly, they had six riders in the 31-man front group that was formed after 50km of racing, including up and coming climber David Gaudu, who is the replacement for Thibaut Pinot as the team's climber at the Tour de France next week. The other French WorldTour team AG2R-La Mondiale was also represented by six riders while all eyes were on defending champion Arnaud Démare who was again the hot favourite as it could have been another sprint finish, even in a reduced bunch. But the heat took its toll.

Groupama-FDJ kept Démare's hopes alive as they maintained the gap at around three minutes. They outnumbered their rivals after half way when the front group split. Gaudu, Valentin Madouas, Romain Seigle and Benjamin Thomas upped the tempo while their teammates stopped pacing the peloton.

Rémi Cavagna (Quick Step Floors) was the first to bridge the gap from the peloton to the escapees with 50km to go. Counter attacks kept going after that. Successively, it brought the likes of Roux, Vichot, Molard (Groupama-FDJ), Warren Barguil (Fortuneo-Samsic), Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) and Cyril Gautier (AG2R-La Mondiale) into contention for the blue-white-red jersey.

Molard rode away with Jimmy Turgis (Cofidis) and Johan Le Bon (Vital Concept) but a strong attack from the bunch was launched by Alaphilippe and the other Turgis [Anthony] from Cofidis. Pierre Latour (AG2R-La Mondiale) also came from behind.

There were eventually were six to contest the title: Molard, Roux, Turgis, Martin, Latour and Alaphilippe. Groupama-FDJ were the only team with two riders after Vichot cramped with 6km to go, and Molard sacrificed himself for Roux who won from a very long sprint that he launched 300 metres before the line. The jersey remains in the same camp but Roux isn't part of the Tour de France team.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ6:04:53 
2Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
3Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
4Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
5Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:00:06 
6Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:09 
7Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:00:23 
8Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:34 
9Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
10Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
11Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
12Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
13Arthur Vichot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:46 
14Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:00:50 
15Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
16Damien Touze (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
17Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
18Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
19Maxime Bouet (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
20Yoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
21Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
22Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
23Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic0:00:53 
24Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie  
25Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
26Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:00:57 
27Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:00:58 
28Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:25 
29Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:01 
30Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:02:05 
31Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Direct Energie  
32Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
33Jérémy Maison (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
34Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
35Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
36Laurent Pichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
37Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:18 
38Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:04:47 
39Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
40Arnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:04:49 
41Johan Le Bon (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:04:51 
42Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
43Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept Club0:06:18 
44Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:00 
45François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
46Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:08:12 
47Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:08:55 
48Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
49Paul Ourselin (Fra) Direct Energie  
50Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
51Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
52Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
53Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
54Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
55Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
56Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
58Yoann Bagot (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
59Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
60Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
61Steven Tronet (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
62Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie  
63Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
64Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie  
65Camille Thominet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
66Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
67Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
68Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:10:00 
69Pierre Gouault (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:17:19 
70Thomas Joly (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
71Christophe Masson (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFBruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFDavid Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFJérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFMarc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFRomain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFBenoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFLéo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFRomain Cardis (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJerome Cousin (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFJonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFAxel Journiaux (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFBryan Nauleau (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFSimon Sellier (Fra) Direct Energie  
DNFRudy Barbier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFTony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFClement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFFranck Bonnamour (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFRomain Hardy (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFBenoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFRomain Le Roux (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFAmael Moinard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFClement Russo (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFLoic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFHugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFMathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFCyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFGeoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFErwann Corbel (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFCorentin Ermenault (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFMarc Fournier (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFAdrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFJérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFLorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFJustin Mottier (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFKevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept Club  
DNFPierre Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFJeremy Cabot (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFPierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFSamuel Leroux (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFAnthony Maldonado (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFYoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFRomain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJulien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJulien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence KTM  
DNFJulien Amadori (Fra) Project Nice Cote d'Azur  
DNFHugo Bouguet (Fra) Project Nice Cote d'Azur  
DNFStéphane Cognet (Fra) Project Nice Cote d'Azur  
DNFJérôme Pulidori (Fra) Project Nice Cote d'Azur  
DNFThomas Vaubourzeix (Fra) Project Nice Cote d'Azur  
DNFFabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Groupe Gobert  
DNFFlorian Senechal (Fra) Quick-Step Floors  
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic  
DNFPierre Moncorgé (Fra) Memil Ccn Pro Cycling  
DNFYannis Yssaad (Fra) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
DNFFlorian Hudry (Fra) Interpro Stradalli Cycling  
DNFCyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias  
DNFMatthieu Jeannes (Fra) Probaclac/Devinci  
DNFFlorian Deriaux (Fra) Sovac-Natura4Ever  
DNFCorentin Navarro (Fra) Team Wiggins  
DNFArnaud Gerard (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic  
DNSFloryan Arnoult (Fra) Trevigiani Phonix-Hemus 1896  

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