The blue-white-red jersey remains in the ranks of the Quick Step Alpha Vinyl formation! The Northerner Florian Sénéchal made his power and his burst of speed speak in Cholet, this Sunday, to style Anthony Turgis (Total Energies) and Axel Zingle (Cofidis) at the end of the 240 km race in the league of the French championships .
This is the first time that Sénéchal, 28, has put on the precious tricolor tunic. He succeeds his teammate at Quick Step Rémi Cavagna on the list.
To build his success, Sénéchal was able to count on his two teammates within the Belgian formation: Cavagna, who was aiming for the double after his success in 2021, spent most of the day in the breakaway, while Julian Alaphilippe, who put on his first bib since his terrible fall during Liège-Bastogne-Liège in April, played the luxury team.
Cofidis, failed again
Back at the forefront of the peloton when the race got carried away 20 kilometers from the finish, the world champion did a proud service to Sénéchal 11 kilometers from the finish, by filling the break caused by the Cofidis formation .
After plugging the hole, Alaphilippe saw his teammate respond to the attack from Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis). The duo will not let go until the finish, joined in the meantime by a trio made up of Axel Zingle (Cofidis), Anthony Turgis (Total Energies) and Warren Barguil (Arkéa-Samsic).
If Cofidis tried to rely on its numerical superiority to get the first blue-white-red jersey in its history, the northern team could not do anything against Sénéchal, who beat Turgis by half a wheel. .
Another team disappointed after this result: Groupama-FDJ will have driven a lot to try to offer Arnaud Démare his fourth national title, in vain…