Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic) finished 4th in these French championships and therefore first Breton. Started with Cavagna and eleven other riders in the breakaway which was the good one, he was in front all day but missed the first three places. “I’m running for the title, there is not much missing to make the podium. We were all on the same line in the sprint, ”he analyzes after the race, but felt that he was“ too generous ”when he found himself in a breakaway. He also confides having lived a difficult period after the Critérium du Dauphiné: “This morning, things were not necessarily going well. I was not in the mode of running, I did not have the head for that. But my wife found the words ”.
On the side of Groupama-FDJ, we wanted to play the Finistère card. But, beaten by a fit Cavagna, Valentin Madouas (7th) struggled to hide his disappointment. “We knew that the breakaway was going to go very far, with riders playing with the rain. It was the trigger for the race, we knew it was going to happen. That changes everything and we take a lot less time on a lap like this. And then you have to be realistic: Rémi Cavagna is one of the best riders in the world ”. For his part, David Gaudu (30th) speaks of a race “for marking”. “We knew that Julian (Alaphilippe) was going to be the big head of the championship and I had been waiting for his attack on the climb for a week. I knew what I had to do. He also knew I was going to mark him. We buried each other and in the end, it was the breakaway that went to the end ”.
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