Sunday, in Drenthe (Netherlands), the French team will try to win the European Championships for the first time in its Elite version (event created in 2016).
To achieve this, Thomas Voeckler selected Arnaud Démare (32 years old), the new sprinter from Arkéa-Samsic who finished twice on the second step of the podium (in Munich last year and in Plouay in 2020) and on the AG2R – Citroën puncher Benoît Cosnefroy (27 years old), bronze medalist two years ago in Trento in Italy. Another big name, Christophe Laporte (Jumbo-Visma, 30 years old), performed well in March with his victories on À Travers la Flandre and Gent-Wevelgem.
The rest of the selection is made up of Sandy Dujardin (TotalEnergies, 26 years old), Matis Louvel (Arkéa-Samsic, 24 years old), Clément Russo (Arkéa-Samsic, 28 years old), Florian Sénéchal (Soudal – Quick Step, 30 years old) and Axel Zingle (Cofidis, 24 years old).
For the time trial which will take place on Wednesday, Bruno Armirail (Groupama – FDJ) and Rémi Cavagna (Soudal – Quick Step), recent winner of the Tour of Slovakia, will represent the Blues.