Vichot at the 2012 Critérium du Dauphiné
|Full name||Arthur Vichot|
26 November 1988 |
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||70 kg (150 lb; 11 st)|
|2010–||Française des Jeux|
|Infobox last updated on
9 February 2014
Arthur Vichot (born 26 November 1988 in Colombier-Fontaine) is a French professional cyclist and member of UCI ProTeam FDJ.fr. He is the nephew of Frédéric Vichot, who won stages in the Tour de France in 1984 and 1985.
One tradition of the Tour Down Under is that the fans choose an unknown rider and treat him the way they would a star, by mobbing him at hotels and painting his name on the road. The rider must be a non-English speaking domestique who most likely will not get a start at a major race and will simply act as a bottle carrier. For 2010, in his first professional race, Arthur Vichot was chosen.
He started the 2011 season by taking fifth position at the Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise. The next month, he went on to win the Boucles du Sud Ardèche, and he was selected to ride in Paris-Nice. Bad luck struck in the race as he crashed hard and cracked his clavicle, preventing him from racing the Ardennes classics. He was selected to race the 2011 Tour de France. He finished the event in 104th position after playing a role of domestique. In September, he achieved a solo victory near his home in the Tour du Doubs. He also cracked the top ten in the Grand Prix cycliste de Montréal, finishing eighth.
In 2012, Vichot conquered the biggest victory of his career up to that point in the fifth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné, a mountainous affair that led the riders across the Col de la Colombière. He was part of the breakaway that formed at the beginning of the race and resisted to the bunch. With 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to go, Vichot distanced the remnants of the leading group, earning a solo victory.
In 2013, Vichot won the French National Road Race Championships and the right to wear the coveted tricolor jersey in the Tour de France.
- 1st Stage 2 Paris–Corrèze
- 1st Les Boucles du Sud Ardèche
- 1st Tour du Doubs
- 8th Grand Prix cycliste de Montréal
- 1st Stage 5 Critérium du Dauphiné
- 2nd Les Boucles du Sud Ardèche
- 3rd Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
- 1st National Road Race Championships
- 1st Overall Tour du Haut Var
- 2nd Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec
- 4th Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan
- 9th Overall Étoile de Bessèges
- 10th Overall Tour Méditerranéen
- 5th Overall Étoile de Bessèges
- 5th Grand Prix d'Ouverture La Marseillaise
Grand Tour general classification results timeline
WD = Withdrew; IP = In Progress
- "FDJ.fr (FDJ) — FRA". UCI World Tour. Union Cycliste Internationale. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
- "Vichot : " La physionomie parfaite pour moi "". velochrono.fr (in French). Retrieved 28 April 2011.
- "La FDJ sans Pierrick Fédrigo". cyclismactu.net (in French). Retrieved 26 June 2011.
- "Vichot à domicile". lequipe.fr (in French). Retrieved 4 September 2011.
- Frattini, Kirsten (11 September 2011). "Costa claims GP Montreal". Cycling News (Future Publishing Limited). Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- "Wiggins retains Dauphine yellow jersey as Vichot claims stage five". MailOnline (Associated Newspapers Ltd). 8 June 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
Media related to Arthur Vichot at Wikimedia Commons
- Française des Jeux official website (French)
- Cyclingnews.com article about "Vichot mania"
- Arthur Vichot profile at Cycling Archives