Tronet beats Gallopin for French road title

Steven Tronet is the best young rider

Steven Tronet is the best young rider (Image credit: Isabelle Duchesne)

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.

 

Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Steven Tronet (Fra) Auber 935:58:11
2Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal0:00:03
3Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 2 - Cell 2
4Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-AlpecinRow 3 - Cell 2
5Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-StepRow 4 - Cell 2
6Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 5 - Cell 2
7Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:06
8John Gadret (Fra) Movistar TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
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) FDJ.frRow 12 - Cell 2
14Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:13
15Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:01:51
16Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Auber 930:02:03
18César Bihel (Fra) Auber 93Row 17 - Cell 2
19Clément Koretzky (Fra) Team Vorarlberg0:02:42
20Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 20 - Cell 2
22Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 21 - Cell 2
23Fabien Canal (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 22 - Cell 2
24Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ.fr0:02:44
25Romain Combaud (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 24 - Cell 2
26Julien El Fares (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTMRow 25 - Cell 2
27Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 26 - Cell 2
28Sébastien Turgot (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 27 - Cell 2
29Théo Vimpere (Fra) Auber 93Row 28 - Cell 2
30Anthony Maldonado (Fra) Auber 93Row 29 - Cell 2
31Julien Guay (Fra) Auber 93Row 30 - Cell 2
32Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 31 - Cell 2
33Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 32 - Cell 2
34Romain Sicard (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 34 - Cell 2
36Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 35 - Cell 2
37Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.frRow 36 - Cell 2
38Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ.frRow 38 - Cell 2
40Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 40 - Cell 2
42Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ.frRow 41 - Cell 2
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 TerreRow 44 - Cell 2
46Romain Le Roux (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 45 - Cell 2
47Yoann Offredo (Fra) FDJ.fr0:05:03
48Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.frRow 47 - Cell 2
49Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar0:06:19
50Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ.frRow 49 - Cell 2
51Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.fr0:07:13
52Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:26
53Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 52 - Cell 2
54Damien Gaudin (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 53 - Cell 2
55Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr0:08:08
DNFWilliam Bonnet (Fra) FDJ.frRow 55 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.frRow 56 - Cell 2
DNFMickael Delage (Fra) FDJ.frRow 57 - Cell 2
DNFKenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.frRow 58 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Geslin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 59 - Cell 2
DNFArnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.frRow 60 - Cell 2
DNFJohan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.frRow 61 - Cell 2
DNFOlivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.frRow 62 - Cell 2
DNFLorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.frRow 63 - Cell 2
DNFFrancis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.frRow 64 - Cell 2
DNFCédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.frRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFMarc Sarreau (Fra) FDJ.frRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFArthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ.frRow 67 - Cell 2
DNFGiovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 68 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Boudat (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFJerome Cousin (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFJimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 71 - Cell 2
DNFYohann Gene (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 72 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Guillemois (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 73 - Cell 2
DNFTony Hurel (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 74 - Cell 2
DNFFabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 75 - Cell 2
DNFVincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 76 - Cell 2
DNFMorgan Lamoisson (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 77 - Cell 2
DNFYannick Martinez (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 78 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Morice (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 79 - Cell 2
DNFBryan Naulleau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 80 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandre Pichot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 81 - Cell 2
DNFPerrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Thévenot (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFBruno Armirail (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Bodiot (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Duval (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Gonnet (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFYann Guyot (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Lebreton (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 89 - Cell 2
DNFJordan Levasseur (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFQuentin Pacher (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFJimmy Raibaud (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFBenoît Sinner (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Thomas (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFEtienne Tortelier (Fra) Equipe Cycliste de l'Armee de TerreRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFGuillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Daniel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFAxel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFHubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFQuentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFBiel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFPierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFSébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFMatthieu Boulo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFFrédéric Brun (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Cam (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFBrice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFArmindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFArnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFFlorian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 115 - Cell 2
DNFChristophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 116 - Cell 2
DNFPierre-Luc Perichon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 117 - Cell 2
DNFFlorian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché EnvironnementRow 118 - Cell 2
DNFYohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 119 - Cell 2
DNFLoïc Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 120 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 121 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 122 - Cell 2
DNFChristophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 123 - Cell 2
DNFCyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 124 - Cell 2
DNFAdrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 125 - Cell 2
DNFFlorian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 126 - Cell 2
DNFClément Venturini (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 127 - Cell 2
DNFPierre Gouault (Fra) Auber 93Row 128 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Menut (Fra) Auber 93Row 129 - Cell 2
DNFMaxime Renault (Fra) Auber 93Row 130 - Cell 2
DNFAlexandre Blain (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTMRow 131 - Cell 2
DNFRémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTMRow 132 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Giraud (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTMRow 133 - Cell 2
DNFJulien Loubet (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTMRow 134 - Cell 2
DNFYoann Paillot (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTMRow 135 - Cell 2
DNFClément Penven (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTMRow 136 - Cell 2
DNFClement Saint Martin (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTMRow 137 - Cell 2
DNFGrégoire Tarride (Fra) Team Marseille 13 KTMRow 138 - Cell 2
DNFRudy Barbier (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 139 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Damuseau (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 140 - Cell 2
DNFRudy Kowalski (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 141 - Cell 2
DNFJeremy Leveau (Fra) Roubaix Lille MetropoleRow 142 - Cell 2
DNFJérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM CyclingRow 143 - Cell 2
DNFJustin Jules (Fra) Veranclassic - EkoiRow 144 - Cell 2
DNFMelvin Rulliere (Fra) Veranclassic - EkoiRow 145 - Cell 2
DNFAlexis Guerin (Fra) AWT GreenwayRow 146 - Cell 2
DNFRayane Bouhanni (Fra) AWT GreenwayRow 147 - Cell 2
DNFNicolas Baldo (Fra) Team VorarlbergRow 148 - Cell 2
DNFRomain Lemarchand (Fra) Cult Energy Pro CyclingRow 149 - Cell 2
DNFCorentin Cherhal (Fra) Team Novo NordiskRow 150 - Cell 2
DNFDamien Monier (Fra) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling TeamRow 151 - Cell 2
DNFMorgan Kneisky (Fra) Team Raleigh GACRow 152 - Cell 2

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