Barguil wins French national title

Cofidis duo Simon and Touzé round out the podium

Warren Barguil delivered his first victory for Arkéa-Samsic and his first since he won stage 18 atop the Col d'Izoard in the polka dot jersey at the 2017 Tour de France. He took a seven-man sprint ahead of Julien Simon and Damien Touzé, both from Cofidis, after late attacks from Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) and Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert).

"This brings a lot of emotions after I almost quit cycling," Barguil reacted. "I’ve gone through hard times, I’ve been affected by criticisms and I’m thankful to the people who supported me throughout these difficult days, not to the people who only cheered on me when I was at my best."

Barguil was part of the group of 37 riders who rode away in the third of the 15 laps around La Haye-Fouassière in the Muscadet wine producing area near Nantes. WorldTour teams Groupama-FDJ and AG2R La Mondiale had six riders each, just like Arkéa-Samsic. The biggest names up the road were Madouas, David Gaudu and newly crowned French time trial champion Benjamin Thomas (both Groupama-FDJ), whereas AG2R La Mondiale had Alexis Gougeard and Pierre Latour. Pierre Rolland (Vital Concept-B&B Hôtels) was also in the mix.

Their advantage was 3:30 with 150km to go. Total Direct Energie was obviously not satisfied with the composition of the breakaway, having Perrig Quémeneur, Angelo Tulik, Paul Ourselin and Mathieu Burgaudeau in the front group but not Anthony Turgis, who was last year’s runner up. With 100km remaining, Groupama-FDJ relayed Total and suddenly brought the gap down to 1:55..

Arkéa-Samsic also chased at some stages but an attack by Gaudu with 80km to go made the breakaway alive again. The lead group was reduced to 23 riders and the gap went up again: 3:35 with 65km left to race.

"I always believed that we could stay away until the end if we kept three to four minutes lead before the last hour," Barguil said. "All my team-mates at the front were committed to help me win. Our road captain Florian Vachon made me calm two or three times when I rode too generously and I was pissed off with some riders who didn’t cooperate."

With 40km to go, four top riders attacked from the peloton: Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Anthony Turgis (Total Direct Energie), Elie Gesbert (Arkéa-Samsic) and Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-La Mondiale). After they were reined in due to a lack of cooperation, Pinot went again. Inside 20km to go, he was close to bridging the gap along with Rolland, who had been dropped from the front group, but it didn’t happen.

His teammate Madouas, who finished 13th overall in the Giro d’Italia, went by himself from the break with 7km to go. He stayed alone in the lead for 4km. Barguil and Martin were next to attack. "Martin made us lose the title," Simon deplored. "I raised my hand up in the air to ask Damien [Touzé] to ride behind him and we launched our sprint too early."

Barguil said that he "knew that a championship isn’t necessarily won by the fastest rider in the finale”, and duly claimed the spoils. He already had a French championship under his belt as he won solo in the junior ranks 10 years ago in Vendôme. In 2009, it was also the only other victory in the French Elite championship for Arkéa-Samsic that was then named Bretagne-Schuller and ranked a continental team, as Dimitri Champion outclassed the FDJ block. In 23 attempts since their inception in 1997, Cofidis are yet to bring the blue-white-red jersey home.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic5:54:36 
2Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
3Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
4Angelo Tulik (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
5Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
6Quentin Pacher (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
7Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team0:00:02 
8Cyril Gautier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels0:00:21 
9Paul Ourselin (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
10Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie0:01:10 
11Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:18 
12Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
13Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
14Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
15Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
16Kevin Le Cunff (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
17Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
18Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
19Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
20Julien El Fares (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence0:01:24 
21Samuel Leroux (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
22Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
23Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
24Thomas Boudat (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
25Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence  
26Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
27Anthony Maldonado (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
28Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
29Franck Bonnamour (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
30Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
31Fabien Schmidt (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence  
32Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
33Julien Trarieux (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence  
34Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
35Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck - Quick-Step  
36Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
37Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
38Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
39Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
40Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
41Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:32 
42Mathieu Burgaudeau (Fra) Total Direct Energie0:01:34 
43Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
44Pierre Rolland (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
45Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:16 
46Clément Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
47Adrien Guillonnet (Fra) Interpro Cycling Academy  
48Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
49Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence  
50Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
51Rémy Rochas (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence0:02:45 
52Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
53Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
54Pierre Luc Perichon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
55Camille Thominet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
56Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
57Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
58Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
59Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
60Kevin Reza (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels0:03:11 
61Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic0:07:34 
62Brice Feillu (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
63Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
64Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
65Johan Le Bon (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels0:09:19 
66Corentin Ermenault (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
67Christophe Masson (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole0:09:32 
68Pierre Gouault (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
69Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
70Corentin Navarro (Fra) Team Wiggins LeCol  
71Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:11:26 
72Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
73Rudy Barbier (Fra) Israel Cycling Academy0:14:18 
74Théo Nonnez (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:15:22 
75Florian Hudry (Fra) Interpro Cycling Academy0:15:23 
76Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
77Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence  
78Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
79Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:17:16 
80Nicolas Baldo (Fra) St Michel-Auber 930:17:17 
81Gauthier Navarro (Fra) Interpro Cycling Academy0:21:17 
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFHugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFTony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFJerome Cousin (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFJérémy Maison (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
DNFAlexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFDavid Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFPierre Barbier (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
DNFBenoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
DNFLorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
DNFYoann Offredo (Fra) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team  
DNFSimon Guglielmi (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFFlavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFAurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFThibault Ferasse (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
DNFFabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty-Gobert Cycling Team  
DNFPierre Idjouadiene (Fra) Natura4Ever-Roubaix-Lille Metropole  
DNFAdrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
DNFMarc Sarreau (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFBenoit Vaugrenard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFLéo Vincent (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFFrançois Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFFabien Grellier (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFAlan Riou (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
DNFFlorian Vachon (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
DNFAlexis Guerin (Fra) Delko Marseille Provence  
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFArnaud Courteille (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
DNFClement Davy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFThibault Guernalec (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFRomain Sicard (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFMickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFBenoit Jarrier (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFRomain Le Roux (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
DNFAmael Moinard (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic  
DNFEmmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFRomain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ  
DNFJustin Mottier (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
DNFDamien Gaudin (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFYoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93  
DNFSamuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNFRomain Cardis (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFBryan Nauleau (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFJérémy Lecroq (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFYoann Bagot (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotels  
DNFAxel Journiaux (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFLuis Javelly (Fra) Start Cycling Team  
DNFJonathan Hivert (Fra) Total Direct Energie  
DNFGabriel Muller (Fra) Team Differdange Geba  
DNFVictor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  

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