French Federation issues professional licences to top-tier female road cyclists

French Champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo)
French Champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Association Française des Coureures Cyclistes (AFCC) has revealed to Cyclingnews that the French Cycling Federation (FCF) will issue professional racing licences to top-tier female road cyclists for the first time in 2021. French road race national champion Audrey Cordon-Ragot called the move a significant step forward for women's cycling in France.

"I'm glad we have managed to achieve our first goal as a young association," said Cordon-Ragot, who races professionally for Trek-Segafredo and is the co-vice-president of the AFCC, a national women's association founded in 2019 to campaign for the professional recognition of female cyclists.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.