It was a three-way fight that gave exceptional suspense. After 44.3km of a time trial of the French championships in Cholet which will be remembered, Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ) won (50’50”) on Thursday, 24 seconds ahead of Rémi Cavagna (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl).Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis) completed this royal podium (+31”) which took shape, in disorder, from the first intermediate, after 9.1km.French ChampionshipsA 6th title: Cordon-Ragot is really the queen of the clock3 HOURS AGOWatch the French road cycling championships from Thursday to Sunday live on Eurosport Everything was decided between the second and the third intermediate on an almost flat course but more Bruno Armirail showed his power even though he had just learned the day before the start of this time trial that he was not selected for the Groupama-FDJ selection for the Tour de France, who will leave on July 1st. Armirail, the answer: “I will not do the Tour and I have read a lot p of things… “While after 9km, defending champion Benjamin Thomas had taken the lead, his two opponents were standing with him in just 4 seconds. A gap that rose to 7 seconds after 19km of racing, when the winner of the day, titled for the first time in his career, took the provisional lead. But the real blow was given by the Groupama FDJ rider after 38km. Vice-champion of France last year, Armirail increased his lead to 12 seconds over Cavagna and 24” over Thomas. The end was only a formality for the Frenchman who exploded again doubled his lead to finally be crowned at Cholet. “He’s a great guy”: Cavagna, “disappointed” for him but “happy” for ArmirailDevanne creates the amateur sensationPreviously, the amateur race resulted in a sensation. While former professional rider Corentin Ermenault (AVC Aix en Provence) was the favorite in his category, he was finally beaten by 35 seconds by the surprising Antoine Devanne (Vendée U Pays de la Loire), aged only 21. .A long time holder of the best provisional time, Pierre Thierry (WB-Fybolia Morbihan) finally climbed on the third step of the podium, with a time of 55’03”. The winner of the day, Antoine Devanne, was surprised by his result, as “the legs” did not follow in recent weeks according to him: “I was not leaving at all with the aim of being champion of France. This is exceptional. All the planets were aligned.”Cordon-Ragot, very moved: “If they’re not there, I think I’ll stop cycling”French ChampionshipsStart and the absolute record: “I’ve always had this flame for the tricolor jersey”YESTDAY AT 9:53 PMChampionnats de France
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