Barguil Wins French National Title

Warren Barguil pulls on the tricolour as champion of France

Warren Barguil delivered his first victory for Arkéa-Samsic and his first since he won stage 18 atop the Col d'Izoard in the polka dot jersey at the 2017 Tour de France. He took a seven-man sprint ahead of Julien Simon and Damien Touzé, both from Cofidis, after late attacks from Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) and Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert). "This brings a lot of emotions after I almost quit cycling," Barguil reacted. "I’ve gone through hard times, I’ve been affected by criticisms and I’m thankful to the people who supported me throughout these difficult days, not to the people who only cheered on me when I was at my best." Barguil was part of the group of 37 riders who rode away in the third of the 15 laps around La Haye-Fouassière in the Muscadet wine producing area near Nantes. WorldTour teams Groupama-FDJ and AG2R La Mondiale had six riders each, ...

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