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French Road Championships 2011

Date range:
June 23-26, 2011

June 25, Elite Women Road Race: Boulogne - Boulogne 109.6km

Ferrier Bruneau wins alone

Cycling News
June 25, 2011, 12:43 BST,
June 25, 2011, 19:21 BST

Longo second, De Saint Jean third

Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Gauss) claimed the French national road race title in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, denying veteran Jeannie Longo her 59th title on a cold and rainy day.

Ferrier-Bruneau jumped away on a steep climb in the final 500m of the 109.6km race, leaving Longo behind. Magdalena de Saint Jean took the third spot from the three-rider breakaway.

The final lap was rife with attacks, with Ferrier-Bruneau and Longo each having a go, but the trio came together under the red kite to battle it out in the tough finale.

"I tried to attack on the first climb, but they came back," Ferrier-Bruneau said. "I thought I had to be careful because Longo is strong and has a lot of experience. The wall before the finish suited me and I gave it everything there."

Longo said she wasn't confident for the finish against the superior speed of Ferrier-Bruneau. "Tactically, I was positioned wrong because I found myself at the front in the final corner. I wanted to do what Christel did: to put in an attack from behind.

"Christel had a great race, It's good that she has the jersey."

A cold rain in the morning soaked the Boulogne-Sur-Mer course, making the early part of the race a nervous affair. It wasn't until the mid-point of the race that an attack finally went clear, with Joanne Duval gaining a maximum lead of 3:10 over the course of the next two laps.

With three to go, the chase began in earnest and Duval's lead slipped away as the furious pace broke the peloton to pieces behind.

Three strong women: St. Jean, Longo and Ferrier-Bruneau made the juncture to the fading Duval with two laps to go, and the escapee could not hold onto the trio's pace for long.

The three would go on to fight out the podium places, while Duval was joined by her teammate Beatrice Thomas to hold onto fourth.

Full Results
1 Christel Ferrier Bruneau 3:26:11  
2 Jeannie Longo 0:00:12  
3 Magdalena De Saint Jean 0:00:18  
4 Joanne Duval 0:04:12  
5 Beatrice Thomas    
6 Julie Krasniak 0:05:10  
7 Melanie Bravard 0:07:15  
8 Emilie Blanquefort    
9 Emmanuelle Merlot    
10 Nathalie Jeuland 0:07:29  
11 Marie Laure 0:07:31  
12 Audrey Cordon 0:09:08  
13 Amelie Rivat    
14 Pauline Ferrand Prevot    
15 Elodie Hegoburu    
16 Marion Rousse    
17 Aurore Verhoeven 0:09:13  
18 Marion Azam 0:09:14  
19 Eugénie Mermillod    
20 Margot Ortega 0:09:20  
21 Céline Schuller 0:09:30  
22 Aodez Le Fourn    
23 Julie Bresset    
24 Marlene Petit 0:09:39  
25 Mélodie Lesueur 0:09:42  
26 Steffi Jamoneau 0:12:32  
27 Céline Wittek 0:12:36  
28 Charlotte Bravard 0:13:02  
29 Oriane Niay 0:13:19  
30 Louise Blot 0:14:48  
31 Vicky Fournial    
32 Fanny Riberot    
33 Nathalie Cadol 0:14:52  
34 Aurelie Bramante 0:15:03  
35 Marion Sicot 0:15:04  
36 Sandrine Baldassarre 0:15:07  
37 Angelique Goron    
38 Lise Dodement 0:15:08  
39 Justine Macret 0:15:10  
40 Cynthia Huygens 0:15:19  
DNF Audrey Gascon    
DNF Nadege Prudhomme    
DNF Cindy Morvan    
DNF Delphine Rousseau    
DNF Melanie Briot    
DNF Camille Darcel    
DNF Alessia Bugeia    
DNF Sarah Thibaud    
DNF Lucie Pader    
DNF Elodie Le Bail    
DNF Veronique Paillard    
DNF Sylvie Gaillon    
DNF Alexia Muffat    
DNF Edwige Pitel    
DNF Florence Girardet    
DNF Jennifer Mark    
DNF Sandra Dos Santos    
DNF Stephanie Viel    
DNF Sandrine Bideau    
DNF Ludivine Loze    
DNF Alna Burato    
DNF Clotilde Lefort    
DNF Jénifer Letue