Arthur Vichot survived a long breakaway to claim the French road race championship on Sunday — and confirm a spot on FDJ’s Tour de France team.
The 24-year-old took the victory in the 251.5km race at Lannilis in Finistère ahead of breakaway companions Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) and Tony Gallopin (RadioShack-Leopard).
Vichot made it into an early 11-man breakaway that went on to build a 10-minute lead before disintegrating. The last man standing, he was joined by Chavanel and then Gallopin going into the final lap, 19km from the finish.
The young FDJ rider then benefited from some marking between Chavanel and Gallopin.
“It’s pretty amazing to win while I was in the break all day. This is a career goal come true,” he said, conceding that he pretended to be spent when Chavanel and Gallopin rode up to him.
Vichot, who turned professional in 2010, succeeded teammate Nacer Bouhanni in the champion’s jersey.