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French Road Championships 2013

Date range:
June 20-23, 2013

June 20, Elite Women TT: 27km

Ferrand Prevot repeats as French time trial champion

Cycling News
June 20, 2013, 14:22 BST,
June 20, 2013, 16:49 BST

Cordon, Lesueur on podium

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Women Cycling Team) celebrates her victory in the time trial

Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Women Cycling Team) celebrates her victory in the time trial

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Pauline Ferrand Prevot demonstrated that her victory in last year's French time trial championship was no fluke: the 21-year-old repeated her success in both the elite and U23 women's titles, beating last year's runner-up Audrey Cordon by 20 seconds in the 27km test in Saint-Amand-les-Eaux.

Ferrand Prevot, the last rider to start as defending champion, struggled with a malfunctioning earpiece in the race, and unable to hear her splits relied upon bystanders calling out gaps.

"I saw very quickly from the first intermediate I was about ten seconds ahead," she told "I also knew that Jeannie Longo was present, and I told myself that if it came to that, that she was in shape.

"I stayed focused on me, on my race, my effort. Now that I've won here, my goal is to win the road race."

For Cordon, who posted the fastest time before Ferrand Prevot came through, second place was at first a profound disappointment, but then a satisfying finish.

"I'm a competitor and I like to win, so immediately, I was not satisfied, but afterwards it was better. I am pleased with this second place, I appreciate it and more so, I'm glad that it was Pauline who won. I do not despair, one day it will be me who mounts the highest step of the podium."

In a thinly veiled reference to 54-year-old Jeannie Longo, an 11-time French national time trial champion who last won in 2011, and this year only managed 9th place, Cordon said, "We, the younger generation, have proven that our takeover of last year was not a coincidence."

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Women Cycling Team) 0:38:32  
2 Audrey Cordon (Vienne Futuroscope) 0:00:20  
3 Mélodie Lesueur (Ile De France) 0:01:02  
4 Elise Delzenne (Bourgogne Pro Dialog) 0:01:08  
5 Lucie Pader (Bourgogne Pro Dialog) 0:01:11  
6 Edwige Pitel (S.C. Michela Fanini - Rox) 0:01:12  
7 Aude Biannic (Bretagne) 0:01:25  
8 Coralie Demay (Bretagne) 0:01:44  
9 Jeannie Longo (Rhone Alpes) 0:02:15  
10 Aléxia Muffat (Lointek) 0:02:22  
11 Magdaléna De Saint Jean (Provence) 0:03:29  
12 Charlotte Bravard (Poitou Charentes) 0:03:32  
13 Mathilde Favre (Lointek) 0:03:33  
14 Laurie Berthon (Rhone Alpes) 0:03:35  
15 Marine Strappazzon (Rhone Alpes) 0:03:38  
16 Sandrine Bideau (Vienne Futuroscope) 0:03:41  
17 Roxane Fournier (Ile De France) 0:03:48  
18 Ludivine Loze (Midi Pyrenees) 0:04:24  
19 Emmanuelle Merlot (Vienne Futuroscope) 0:04:26  
20 Alna Burato (Ile De France) 0:05:07  
21 Céline Ondet (Languedoc Roussillon)    
22 Marie - Aline Bera (Bourgogne) 0:05:51  
23 Eloise Bec (Languedoc Roussillon) 0:05:52  
24 Mélanie Pette (Bourgogne Pro Dialog) 0:06:16  
25 Pauline Cantele (Languedoc Roussillon) 0:07:18  
U23 Women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Rabo Women Cycling Team) 0:38:32  
2 Lucie Pader (Bourgogne Pro Dialog) 0:01:11  
3 Aude Biannic (Bretagne) 0:01:25  
4 Coralie Demay (Bretagne) 0:01:44  
5 Aléxia Muffat (Lointek) 0:02:22  
6 Charlotte Bravard (Poitou Charentes) 0:03:32  
7 Mathilde Favre (Lointek) 0:03:33  
8 Laurie Berthon (Rhone Alpes) 0:03:35  
9 Marine Strappazzon (Rhone Alpes) 0:03:38  
10 Roxane Fournier (Ile De France) 0:03:48  
11 Céline Ondet (Languedoc Roussillon) 0:05:07  
12 Eloise Bec (Languedoc Roussillon) 0:05:52  
13 Pauline Cantele (Languedoc Roussillon) 0:07:18