French champion Arthur Vichot wins GP La Marseillaise
Jan 29 2017 11:42 pm CET

French champion Arthur Vichot wins GP La Marseillaise

French champion Arthur Vichot of FDJ has won the first race of the season on home soil, beating Fortuneo–Vital Concept in the final sprint of the GP la Marseillaise.

The 1.1 category race featured mostly French teams, with the exception of a few including Belgium's Lotto-Soudal. This was reflected in the final standings as the entire top six consisted of home riders and only one non-Frenchman managed to conquer a spot in the top ten.

At the end of the 146km course, Vichot powered to the victory ahead of Bouet and Direct Energie's Lilian Calmejane. The top five was completed by Julien El Fares and Tony Gallopin.

Although the French were particularly dominant in this year's edition, Vichot is the first home rider to win the race since Justin Jules in 2013. The event had such been won by Kenneth Vanbilden (BEL), Pim Ligthard (NED) and Dries Devenyns (BEL).

The GP La Marseillaise traditionally takes place on the day before the start of the Etoile de Besseges, the first European stage race of the season.



Photo of Arthur Vichot (cropped) by FDJ Equipe Cycliste





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