20 year-old Mélodie Lesueur won the women's French national road race title with a solo attack that left surprised her rivals and stopped Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli taking another time trial and road race double.
Lesueur attacked mid-race with Nadia Triquet-Claude of the strong Vienne-Futuroscope team, blocking the chase behind. But Lesueur then dropped Triquet-Claude on the rolling hills and soloed to victory.
Amélie Rivat (Rhône-Alpes), also just 20, finished 1:55 behind Lesueur, with Longo-Ciprelli taking the bunch sprint for third. At 51, Longo-Ciprelli is older than the two young riders put together.
"At first I thought about waiting for Nadia but I decided to focus on my race. On the last two laps I had cramp everywhere," Lesueur told l'Equipe.fr.
"The opportunists won today," Longo-Ciprelli said, admitting that the bunch an big names of French cycling failed to organise their chase soon enough.
|1||Mélodie Lesueur (Esgl93-Gsdgestion)||3:07:08|
|2||Amélie Rivat (Rhonealpes)||0:01:56|
|3||Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli (Rhonealpes)||0:03:59|
|4||Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Viennefuturoscope)|
|5||Edwige Pitel (S.Cmichelafaninirecordrox)|
|6||Audrey Cordon (Viennefuturoscope)|
|7||Sophie Creux (Esgl93-Gsdgestion)|
|8||Eugénie Mermillod (Esgl93-Gsdgestion)|
|9||Béatrice Thomas (Esgl93-Gsdgestion)|
|10||Mélanie Bravard (Esgl93-Gsdgestion)|
|11||Emilie Blanquefort (Aquitaine)|
|12||Marion Azam (Midipyrenees)|
|13||Julie Krasniak ((Lorraine)|
|14||Aude Biannic (Bretagne)||0:06:13|
|15||Mélanie Ferrand (Rhonealpes)||0:06:29|
|16||Vicky Fournial (Lorraine)||0:06:33|
|17||Pascale Jeuland (Viennefuturoscope)|
|18||Nadia Triquetclaude (Viennefuturoscope)|
|19||Elodie Hegoburu (Esgl93-Gsdgestion)|
|20||Marielaure Cloarec (Iledefrance)|