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Tour de France 2014 : pourquoi pas une victoire d'étape pour Arthur Vichot ?

Par Blandine Costentin, France Bleu Belfort-Montbéliard et France Bleu Besançon samedi 5 juillet 2014 à 6:01

Tour de France 2013 Arthur Vichot
Tour de France 2013 Arthur Vichot © Maxppp

Le natif de Colombier-Fontaine dispute son quatrième Tour de France. Depuis sa première participation, il n'a cessé de progresser au classement général. Cette année, il veut profiter de son expérience pour "faire des résultats".

Comme Thibaut Pinot, son coéquipier de l'équipe FDJ, Arthur Vichot va pédaler sur des routes qu'il connaît bien : celles du Nord Franche-Comté à la fin de l'étape Mulhouse - La Planche-des-Belles-Filles et la région bisontine lors du départ de la 11e étape, Besançon - Oyonnax. Né près de Montbéliard, à Colombier-Fontaine, il y a 25 ans, Arthur Vichot vit aujourd'hui à Besançon où se tiendra la première journée de repos, le 25 juillet. Son début de saison a été handicapé par une blessure au genou qui l'a rendu indisponible pendant deux mois.

Arthur et le Tour

Arthur Vichot dispute depuis le début le Tour de France avec l'équipe FDJ. A chaque édition, il grignote des places au classement général : 104e en 2011, 94e en 2012, 66e en 2013, année au cours de laquelle il a courru le Tour avec la tunique bleu-blanc-rouge de champion de France

Cette année, Arthur Vichot reconnaît qu'il sait "où mettre les roues, mais qu'il va falloir commencer à faire des résultats ". Le Franc-Comtois juge que le week-end vosgien "s'annonce très difficile et va faire des dégâts ". Il aimerait remporter sa première victoire d'étape: "j'ai beaucoup travaillé à la montagne ces derniers mois. J'espère que ça va porter ses fruits ". 

Tour de France 2014 avant-sujet Arthur Vichot

Palmarès

Il se définit lui-même comme un "puncheur" qui apprécie les bosses et les longues traversées. Vice-champion de France "espoirs" en 2008, puis "amateurs" en 2009, il a décroché le titre de champion de France chez les pro en 2013. Il a fini 3e du dernier Paris-Nice , après avoir remporté la dernière étape. il s'est aussi offert une étape du Critérium du Dauphiné en 2012. Il affectionne les "classiques ardennaises" : il s'est classé 23e de la Flèche Wallonne en 2012 (à 23 secondes du vainqueur) et 21e de Liège-Bastogne-Liège, la même année. Il a remporté le Tour du Haut-Var (2013) et le Tour du Doubs (2011). 

Signe particulier

Son cousin Frédéric Vichot a remporté deux étapes du Tour de France, en 1984 et 1985, et une étape du Tour d'Espagne, en 1981.

Il est aussi adepte des réseaux sociaux, notamment :

> VOIR : nos cartes interactives- la 10e étape Mulhouse - La Planche-des-Belles-Filles- vivre la journée de repos à Besançon- la 11e étape Besançon - Oyonnax

> LIRE : le portrait de l'autre Franc-Comtois du peloton, Thibaut Pinot

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