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Cavagna solos to French men's road title

Rudy Molard, Remi Cavagna and Damien Touze on the podium
Rudy Molard, Remi Cavagna and Damien Touze on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Remi Cavagna from Deceunick QuickStep team jubilates as he wins the French cycling championship in Epinal eastern France on June 20 2021 Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON AFP Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZONAFP via Getty Images

Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quickstep) wins the French men's road race title (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Deceunick QuickStep winner Remi Cavagna C poses on the podium next to secondplace Groupama FDJ Rudy Molard L and thirdplaced AG2R CITROEN Damien Touze R after the French cycling championship in Epinal eastern France on June 20 2021 Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON AFP Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZONAFP via Getty Images

Rudy Molard, Remi Cavagna and Damien Touze on the podium (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Remi Cavagna from Deceunick QuickStep team jubilates as he wins the French cycling championship in Epinal eastern France on June 20 2021 Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON AFP Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZONAFP via Getty Images

Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quickstep) wins the French men's road race title (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Rémi Cavagna delivered Deceuninck-Quick Step's second French national road race title 10 years after Sylvain Chavanel and three days after a big disillusionment due to mechanical problems in the individual time trial for which he was the defending champion.

The 25-year-old won by 58 seconds after a lone attack from 14 kilometres out in poor conditions on the hilly course. Rudy Molard (Groupama-FDJ) and Damien Touze (AG2R Citroen) rounded out the podium after winning the sprint from a reduced chase group.

"I don't realize what's happening," said Cavagna, interviewed by French national team manager Thomas Voeckler. "My goal was the time trial. I was the favourite and I came for winning. I was very disappointed. It was a slam in my face. I know there were circumstances and problems…

"However, today we were a team of only three riders with Julian [Alaphilippe] and Florian [Sénéchal] but a super team anyway. Our tactic was for me to be ahead if a numerous group was formed at the front. When I heard that Julian was coming across, I could take it easy for a while after I rode a lot in the breakaway. At the last feeding, I heard some encouragement so I took my chance and it worked out."

Cavagna took place in the leading after 30km of racing, along with Pierre Rolland (B&B Hotels-KTM), Warren Barguil (Arkea-Samsic), Jérémy Leveau (Xelliss-Roubaix-Lille Métropole), Rémy Rochas and Victor Lafay (Cofidis), Matthieu Ladagnous, Simon Guglielmi and Molard (Groupama-FDJ), Geoffrey Bouchard and Touzé (AG2R-Citroën), Alexis Guérin (Vorarlberg), Jérémy Cabot and Fabien Doubey (TotalEnergies).

They got a maximum time gap of five minutes at half way. With 35km to go, Sénéchal put the hammer down, launching a strong attack for Alaphilippe. Only David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) and Benoît Cosnefroy (AG2R-Citroën) managed to follow the world champion. Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) reacted with a slight delay. Pierre-Luc Périchon (Cofidis), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) and Julien Bernard (Trek-Segafredo) made it across.

The 7-man chasing group missed being reunited with the 14 leaders by a mere thirty seconds due to the presence of Alaphilippe. After they got reeled in by the remaining of the peloton on the rain soaked demanding circuit of Epinal, Madouas and Cosnefroy attacked. Martin reacted, again with a slight delay.

Once the trio bridged the gap, Cavagna was gone solo at the beginning of the last lap with 14km to go. He could power on his favourite time trial mode to collect the white, red and blue jersey that will not be featured on the roads of the Tour de France as the 'TGV of Clermont-Ferrand' – his nickname – pursues further goals after having ridden the Giro d'Italia and missed out on the last stage victory due to a crash in the last curve in Milan. The time trial of the Tokyo Olympics is one of them.

In between Chavanel and Cavagna, Groupama-FDJ settles for seven French titles for road racing out of nine.

"We outnumbered the other teams in the front group", Molard said. "I knew the team would put faith in me but Rémi was too strong. He attacked at the right place in the feed zone. We never managed to bring him back.

"We came to defend our jersey. We rode well, tactically speaking with giving Gaudu and Madouas the possibility to play their cards in case of a regrouping. It's a pity to come second. But we'll come back for another jersey in the team."

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rémi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 6:06:10
2Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:58
3Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
4Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
5Jeremy Cabot (Fra) Total Direct Energie
6Victor Lafay (Fra) Cofidis 0:01:02
7Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:01:04
8Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
9Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:05
10Alexis Guerin (Fra) Team Vorarlberg 0:01:33
11Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:02:14
12Pierre Rolland (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
13Jérémy Leveau (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:02:18
14Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:02:19
15Fabien Doubey (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:02:21
16Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis 0:03:18
17Clément Berthet (Fra) Delko 0:03:43
18Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis 0:04:15
19Anthony Turgis (Fra) Total Direct Energie 0:04:22
20Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
21Alexandre Delettre (Fra) Delko
22Laurent Pichon (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
23Elie Gesbert (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
24Cyril Barthe (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
25Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:04:26
26Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:04:28
27Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:04:45
28Julien El Fares (Fra) EF Education-Nippo
29Bryan Coquard (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
30David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
31Simon Guglielmi (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
32Tony Gallopin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
33Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
34Aurélien Paret Peintre (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
35Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
36Julien Antomarchi (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
37Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:04:48
38Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep
39Nans Peters (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:05:16
40Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93 0:08:31
41Cyril Lemoine (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
42Maxime Urruty (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole 0:09:05
43Maxime Bouet (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
44Quentin Pacher (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
45Romain Combaud (Fra) Team DSM
46Eddy Fine (Fra) Cofidis
47Romain Cardis (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
48Maxime Chevalier (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
49Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
50Julien Simon (Fra) Total Direct Energie
51Cyril Gautier (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
52Julien Trarieux (Fra) Delko
53Jeremy Bellicaud (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
54Matis Louvel (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
55Flavien Maurelet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
56Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation 0:12:13
57Antoine Huby (Fra)
58Hugo Page (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
59Aloïs Charrin (Fra) Swiss Racing Academy
60Lucas De Rossi (Fra) Delko
61Clément Carisey (Fra) Delko 0:13:24
62Benjamin Thomas (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:15:44
63Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
64Pierre-Luc Périchon (Fra) Cofidis
65Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
66Robin Meyer (Fra) Nippo-Provence-PTS Conti
67Jonathan Couanon (Fra) Nippo-Provence-PTS Conti
68Théo Delacroix (Fra) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
69Clément Davy (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
70Pierre Latour (Fra) Total Direct Energie
71Thibault Guernalec (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
72Clément Russo (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
73Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Team Illuminate
74Anthony Maldonado (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
75Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis
76Alexys Brunel (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
77Franck Bonnamour (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
78Thibault Ferasse (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
79Thomas Champion (Fra) Cofidis
80Antoine Raugel (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
81Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
82Thomas Boudat (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
83Romain Seigle (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
84Enzo Paleni (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
85Paul Penhoet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
86Alexis Renard (Fra) Israel Start-up Nation
87Mickaël Crispin (Fra)
88Fabien Grellier (Fra) Total Direct Energie
89Rémi Lelandais (Fra)
90Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Delko
91Louis Louvet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
92Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Total Direct Energie
93Maxime Cam (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
94Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis
95Kevin Ledanois (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
96Jonathan Hivert (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
97Romain Hardy (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
98Donavan Grondin (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
99Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
100Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Total Direct Energie
101Adrien Guillonnet (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
102Julien Morice (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
103David Menut (Fra)
104Samuel Leroux (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
105Jordan Levasseur (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
106Marlon Gaillard (Fra) Total Direct Energie
107Adrien Petit (Fra) Total Direct Energie
108Alan Riou (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
109Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
110Lilian Calmejane (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
111William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
112Nathan Vandepitte (Fra) Bingoal WB
113Jérémy Lecroq (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
114Alan Boileau (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
115Thomas Denis (Fra) Xelliss-Roubaix Lille Metropole
116Valentin Ferron (Fra) Total Direct Energie
117Marc Sarreau (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
118Jerome Cousin (Fra) Total Direct Energie
119Louis Coqueret (Fra) Leopard Pro Cycling
120Lorenzo Serres (Fra) Cambodia Cycling Academy
121Sacha Bietry (Fra) Team Novo Nordisk
122Nils Marin (Fra)
123Tony Hurel (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
124Ugo Ananie (Fra)
125Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
126Christopher Lamaille (Fra) Cambodia Cycling Academy
127Thomas Peyroton Dartet (Fra) Eurocyclingtrips-CMI Pro Cycling
128Yoann Paillot (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
129Vincent Louiche (Fra) Ferei-CCN
130Mickael Delage (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
131Lilian Schneider (Fra)
132Jason Tesson (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
133Noé Castille (Fra)
134Kevin Reza (Fra) B&B Hotels p/b KTM
135Florian Maitre (Fra) Total Direct Energie
136Baptiste Bleier (Fra) St Michel-Auber 93
137Damien Gaudin (Fra) Total Direct Energie

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