Which French people have impressed? Which ones have disappointed? One week before the New Year, it’s time to take stock of the French runners in 2020.
Alaphilippe as a flag bearer
Julian Alaphilippe can only find himself at the top of the ranking with his title of world champion gleaned at the end of September in Imola (Italy). A happiness that France had not known since 1997. The rider of the Deceuninck-Quick Step also won the third stage of the Tour de France. If he did not have the capacity to aim for the final victory, he still wore the yellow jersey for three days. In addition, Alaphilippe won a 2nd place on Milan-San Remo and a 5th place on Liège-Bastogne-Liège. A disappointment to note, his fall on the Tour of Flanders while he was neck and neck with Wout van Aert and Mathieu van der Poel for the final victory.
Starts the sprint king
Arnaud Démare has, for his part, signed the most victories this year among all the riders in the peloton. 14 successes including four on the Tour of Italy. The Groupama-FDJ rider finished this edition of the Giro with the cyclamen jersey on his back. Milan-Turin, the Tour de Wallonie including two stages and a new French road champion title have been added to his list of achievements this year. David Gaudu can also have a smile. After his retirement from the Tour de France, the Groupama-FDJ rider rebounded with a leadership role in the Tour of Spain, where he scored two stage victories and an 8th place overall. Finally, Benoît Cosnefroy stood out in the Tour de France for having worn the best climber polka dot jersey for the first two weeks.
Unfortunately, there are not only satisfactions. Warren Barguil has not won this year, which he sorely misses. He never really had a leadership role but always finished in satisfactory places: 9th in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, 9th in the Critérium du Dauphiné, 5th in Paris-Tours and 14th in the Tour de France. Romain Bardet was not luckier than his compatriot. To remember, his retirement from the Tour de France after the 13th stage due to a concussion following a fall. Frustration for the Frenchman who was 4th in the general classification before this stage. The biggest disappointment is to be attributed to Thibaut Pinot. His year had started well with a 5th place in Paris-Nice. He then finished 4th in the Route d’Occitanie and 2nd in the Critérium du Dauphiné despite a crash. Another fall, during the 1st stage of the Tour de France, handicapped him for the rest of the race. His ambitions for final victory quickly took the lead, he finished this edition in 29th place. Always diminished from his fall on the Tour, he was forced to retire before the 3rd stage of the Vuelta. A year to forget.
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