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Arthur Vichot (FDJ) will wear blue-white-red this year as the new French Champion!

Added: sunday 23 June 2013 at 19:10:00
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    Arthur Vichot (FDJ) will wear blue-white-red this year as the new French Champion!Under a nice sun on the roads of the Pays des Abers we saw a group of 11 riders get away from the peloton pretty early in the race in line men elite of the French Championships 2013 today. In the end, one of the riders of this group, Arthur Vichot manages to stay ahead with two other competitors and the rider of the FDJ team attacked at the right moment in the last kilometer to win the race and thus become the new French Champion.

    The blue-white-red jersey thus remains in Marc Madiot's team since Nacer Bouhanni put his precious jersey up stake this morning.

    The summary of the race in line men of the French Championships 2013

    At 10.30AM the race started and after 5 kilometers a group of 11 riders already got away from the peloton, after an attack by Maxime Médérel (Sojasun). In this group we found 2 of Médérel's team mates, Jimmy Engoulvent and Jean-Lou Paiani, but also William Bonnet and Arthur Vichot of the FDJ team, Angelo Tulik and Sébastien Chavanel of the Europcar team, Steve Chainel for AG2R La Mondiale, Stéphane Poulhiès for Cofidis, Renaud Dion for Bretagne-Séché Environnement and Alexandre Blain of the Raleigh team.

    The peloton didn't seem to be bothered by this leading group and its composition and their gap thus passed above 10 minutes in the 6th lap of the circuit of a little bit over 19 kilometers.

    When the riders have done half of the total distance of the race, the gap however starts to drop quite rapidly, mainly due to the efforts of the AG2R La Mondiale team which put some riders at the head of the peloton. In the 10th lap, the efforts of the riders of this team led to a split in the peloton where a group of 37 riders got away from the rest of the peloton and at 3 laps from the finish, this group's gap on the breakaway was down to 2'25", while the second peloton was 20 seconds behind them. While the group of 37 riders slowly gets back on the 11 leading riders, the second peloton gets further and further away.

    In the 11th lap, William Bonnet no longer manages to follow the speed of the leading group and thus drops from this group. At the start of the forelast lap, Sébastien Turgot (Europcar) attacks and quite rapidly approaches the leading group, while Arthur Vichot also attacks a few kilometers further in the leading group!

    The race then really gets off and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) is the next rider to attack from the first peloton. The renewed French time trial champion gets back quickly on Arthur Vichot and Tony Gallopin (Radioshack-Nissan), who also attacked from this peloton joins the duo which was formed by Vichot/Chavanel at the head of the race in the mean time.

    This new leading trio gets a gap of around 35 seconds and it becomes clear that these riders are going to battle for the win. In the last kilometer the leading riders look at each other to try to gues each other's strategies and freshness and thus the chances to take the title of French Champion. Arthur Vichot seizes this occasion to get off a bit by surprise in the last kilometer and he thus takes the title of French Champion, ahead of Sylvain Chavanel who tried to get back on Vichot before the finish line, by getting rid of Tony Gallopin.

    The FDJ team was quite well represented in the top 10 of the race which you can find below:

    1/ Arthur Vichot (FDJ) - 6h04'38"
    2/ Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) - +0'04"
    3/ Tony Gallopin (Radioshack-Leopard) - +0'13"
    4/ Anthony Roux (FDJ) - +0'30"
    5/ Yoann Offredo (FDJ) - +0'36"
    6/ Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ) - +0'41"
    7/ Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R La Mondiale)
    8/ Arnaud Gérard (Bretagne-Séché Environnement)
    9/ Anthony Geslin (FDJ)
    10/ Cyril Lemoine (Sojasun)

    >> Full results

    The other results of the French Championships 2013

    Here are the other results of these French Championships 2013:

    Races in line

    Men U23

    1/ Cédric Delaplace (Sojasun Espoirs ACNC) - 4h07'47"
    2/ Clément Saint Martin (Oceane U Top 16) - +0'05"
    3/ Yann Guyot (E.C. Armée de Terre) - +0'24"

    >> Full results

    Women Elite

    1/ Elise Delzenne (Bourgogne Pro Dialog) - 3h09'25"
    2/ Amélie Rivat (Vienne Futuroscope) - +0'02"
    3/ Aude Biannic (Bretagne)

    >> Full results

    Women U23

    1/ Aude Biannic (Bretagne) - 3h09'27"
    2/ Pauline Ferrand Prévot (Rabo Women Cycling Team)
    3/ Marion Sicot (Bourgogne Pro Dialog) - +0'14"

    >> Full results


    Men Elite

    In the men time trial, Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) renewed his title and thus set a record since he thus became the French Champion time trial for the 5th time in his career! Chavanel litterally crushed away all competition since he was over 2 minutes faster than Jérémy Roy (FDJ)!

    1/ Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) - 56'48"
    2/ Jérémy Roy (FDJ) - +2'01"
    3/ Johan Le Bon (FDJ) - +2'20"

    >> Full results

    Women Elite

    1/ Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabo Women Cycling Team) - 38'31"
    2/ Lucie Pader (Bourgogne Pro Dialog) - +1'11"
    3/ Aude Biannic (Bretagne) - +1'25"

    >> Full results

    Women U23

    1/ Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Rabo Women Cycling Team) - 38'31"
    2/ Audrey Cordon (Vienne Futuroscope) - +0'20"
    3/ Mélodie Lesueur (Île de France) - +1'02"

    The photos of the French Championships 2013

    As soon as possible, probably tomorrow during the day, you'll find a selection of photos of the French Championships 2013 on velowire.com!

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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Currently 4 comments!
  1. Très belle course, animée, sympathique à regarder, comme souvent avec les championnats de France.

    Le circuit était plus difficile que je ne le pensais, et le vent a l'air d'avoir joué un rôle important.

    Et beau vainqueur, qui a superbement joué le coup.

    Thomas, as tu des informations sur les villes candidates pour organiser le championnat de France en 2014?

    | Olivier73 | sunday 23 June 2013 at 19:15:12

  2. @Olivier73, le vent a effectivement joué un rôle assez important !

    En ce qui concerne les villes candidates pour organiser les Championnats de France en 2014 j'ai effectivement une information. En effet, c'est triste à dire, mais il n'y a actullement ... aucune ville candidate ! Pour l'instant il n'est donc pas du tout sûr où auront lieu ces Championnats.

    | Thomas Vergouwen | sunday 23 June 2013 at 19:17:42

  3. Ça c'est de l'info et surtout de la mauvaise info ! Est-ce-que ASO pourrait dépanné en proposant à ces villes candidates au Tour d'accueillir un championnat de France ? Certes, c'est moins ''classe'' ou prestigieux mais cela reste tout de même LE Championnat de France. En plus je suis maire ou président de communauté de communes (comme cette année pour le Pays des Abers) entre Paris-Nice et les ''France'' mon choix est rapide ... (le dernier bien-sûr)

    | bapt77 | sunday 23 June 2013 at 19:50:59

  4. Merci Thomas pour cette info. De ce que j'ai lu, le président de la fédé tenait un discourt tout autre, du style "beaucoup de villes sont intéressées par les championnats en 2014, mais avec les problèmes économiques et les élections municipales, les mairies hésitent".

    On pourrait se retrouver dans le cas de 1997, 1998 et 1999, où si je ne me trompe pas, il n'y avait pas de candidatures et la FFC avait du louer le circuit de Montlhéry en 97, et celui de Charade en 98 et 99. Un retour à Charade ne me dérangerais pas. Après tout les sprinteurs s'étaient plein de ne pas avoir d'occasion d'être champion de France, on leur avait du coup monté un championnat en 2012. Les purs grimpeurs n'on plus eu d'occasion depuis 1999, il serait temps de réparer cet oubli.

    Je rejoints Bapt sur le choix entre Paris Nice et les Championnats de France, il n'y a pas d'hésitation, les Championnats, c'est une 4 jours de fête, mais peut être que c'est également plus chère à organiser (et plus compliqué, ça c'est certain).

    | Olivier73 | sunday 23 June 2013 at 20:05:59

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