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Cycling: sprint winner in Cholet, Florian Sénéchal wins the title of French champion

Florian Sénéchal hits hard five days before the Tour de France! Launched on a 240 kilometer circuit in Cholet, the French championships were won on Sunday by the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team northerner, who seized the tricolor jersey for the first time in his career.

The hole had been made with the rest of the peloton 10 kilometers from the finish, before the decision was made by five in the final straight (Sénéchal-Turgis-Zingle-Barguil-Thomas). By resisting the sprint to Anthony Turgis (TotalEnergies), finally second, Florian Sénéchal (28 years old) succeeds Rémi Cavagna on this course favorable to sprinters. This is the sixth career success – including a stage in the Tour of Spain last year – for this generous rider who is used to sacrificing himself for his leaders.

A good comeback for Alaphilippe

“We exchange the jersey it seems (Editor’s note: after Cavagna’s victory last year), admitted the winner, after crossing the finish line, on France Télévisions. The emotion is incredible, I’m not going down. I will realize this when I put on the tricolor jersey. it’s fun. It was a tough year, with all the sacrifices I make away from my family, it feels good. I knew I had a good chance, I’m still strong in France. I spoke to Julian (Alaphilippe), I had good legs. We managed well. The race was tough: I saw that Arnaud (Démare) wasn’t as good up the grade, so we decided to attack. »

Triple French champion and big favourite, Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) finished only 6th, winner of the sprint of the beaten. He misses the opportunity to equal the record of Jean Stablinski, the only cyclist with four titles. Julian Alaphilippe, who wanted to test himself for the Tour de France, managed a full race. He was making his comeback two months after his serious fall during Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Will we now see the tricolor jersey of the new French champion on the route of the Grande Boucle, Friday from Copenhagen (Denmark)? “Unfortunately, I cannot answer you. It is the team that will give the answer, ”evaded Florian Sénéchal. The title remains the property of Quick-Step.

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