The route was promised to the sprinters but the race decided otherwise. After 240km traveled around Cholet, Florian Sénéchal allowed his Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl training to retain his title of French road racing champion on Sunday. Sénéchal dominated Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) in the sprint, while Axel Zingle (Cofidis) took third place in this very lively race in the last thirty kilometers. The perfect shot is often a collective shot, and Florian Sénéchal’s victory was built that way. Despite a workforce reduced to three riders, the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl maneuvered masterfully to afford a new title of champion of France, one year after that of Rémi Cavagna. French ChampionshipsA missed turn and Burgaudeau crashedONE HOUR AGOCavagna placed the first stoneIt was thanks to the Clermont-Ferrand TGV that it all started, 30km from the finish. Then accompanied by Mathieu Burgaudeau (TotalEnergies), victim of a fall just after the offensive, and Adrien Petit (Intermarché Wanty-Gobert), Rémi Cavagna escaped from a peloton where there were still a good number of sprinters. Caught up by the peloton about ten kilometers from the finish, the trio then gave way to a duo. Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis) took advantage of the Côte de la Séguinière, one of the only small difficulties of the day, to get ahead. Florian Sénéchal immediately put himself in his wheel to compose a duo which kept the lead almost until the red flame. A missed turn and Burgaudeau fell Reassuring return for Alaphilippe But arrived at the last kilometer, a hunting trio joined the two men in the front. Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic), Axel Zingle (Cofidis) and Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies) managed to make the connection. A phase of observation followed, before Benjamin Thomas took the lead to launch his teammate Axel Zingle. But the Cofidis runner was released a little early. Florian Sénéchal then took the opportunity to launch his sprint and managed to resist the return of Anthony Turgis. If Sénéchal had the merit of finding himself on the right track, he certainly also owes it to his teammate Julian Alaphilippe. For his return to competition after his heavy fall at Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the double world champion was able to annihilate the few attacks at the end of the course to allow Sénéchal to take the right breakaway when the time was right. It now remains to be seen whether the wearer of the rainbow jersey will be able to wear it on the Tour de France in a few days. French Championships Sprint in sight, according to Coquard? “We can have surprises…”3 HOURS AGOFrench ChampionshipsCordon-Ragot: “I’m going to be 33 years old and yet I still manage to subdue young people”17 HOURS AGO
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