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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.



#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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