'I almost died' - Simone Boilard on comeback at Tour de France Femmes

LUXEMBOURG CESSANGE LUXEMBOURG APRIL 29 Simone Boilard of Canada and Team St Michel Auber 93 sprints during the 14th Ceratizit Festival Elsy Jacobs 2022 Prologue a 22km Individual Time Trial stage from Cessange to Cessange ITT felsy on April 29 2022 in Luxembourg Cessange Luxembourg Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Canadian Simone Boilard of Team St Michel-Auber 93 (Image credit: Bas Czerwinski/Getty Images)

It's been nearly one year since Simone Boilard lay in a hospital bed after developing a nearly-fatal sepsis infection, with her mother at her side, fighting for her life. "I almost died," the Canadian spoke with Cyclingnews in the small town of Meaux where she prepared for the start of the rebirth of the Tour de France Femmes avec Zwift. "Now, I'm here racing in the biggest race in the world."

Boilard is racing for the French Continental team St Michel-Auber93, and she's thriving at the Tour de France. She finished eighth in the opening stage on the Champs-Élyées in Paris last Sunday.

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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.