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Amandine Fouquenet takes French cyclo-cross crown for elite women

DUBENDORF, SWITZERLAND - FEBRUARY 02: during the 71st Cyclocross World Championships Dübendorf 2020, Women U23 / @UCI_CX / #Dubendorf2020 / on February 02, 2020 in Dubendorf, Switzerland. (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)
Image of Amandine Fouquenet from 2020 UCI Cyclo-cross Worlds (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Amandine Fouquenet (Arkea Pro) won her first women’s elite title at the French Cyclo-cross National Championships, edging Perrine Clauzel (A.S Bike Crossteam) by four seconds at the line in Pontchâteau. Marion Norbert Riberolle (Starcasino CX Team) secured the bronze. Hélène Clauzel (A.S Bike Crossteam) would follow on Norbert Riberolle’s wheel for a close fourth position.

The 19-year-old has raced in the elite division all season, her best finish a third place at Troyes Cyclocross International last weekend. Last year she finished 11th in the French national elite division, a year from winning the U23 title.

Sunday provided bright sunshine and dry conditions for the battle between Fouquenet and Clauzel, who had the race well under control with two laps to go. Clauzel held a 10-second advantage on the bell lap, but a slip allowed Fouquenet to close the gap, then pass on the final climb to hit the flat finish for the win.

“It's just magic, it's amazing,” Fouquenet told Le Télégramme after her win. “Perrine Clauzel was better than me on the technical parts. Despite everything, when she managed to take a few steps ahead, I never gave up. I was right, I managed to come back on it during the parts where it was necessary to have more strength. As soon as she sat down at the breakdown station, I took the opportunity to accelerate. I have always believed in it.”

Results

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) 0:40:24
2Perrine Clauzel (Fra) A.S Bike Crossteam 0:00:04
3Marion Norbert Riberolle (Fra) Starcasino Cx Team 0:00:20
4Hélène Clauzel (Fra) A.S Bike Crossteam 0:00:21
5Lauriane Duraffourg (Fra) Team S1Neo - Graal - Bjorka 0:01:12
6Marlène Petit (Fra) Team Podiocom Cc 0:01:29
7Anaïs Morichon (Fra) 0:01:36
8Marine Strappazzon (Fra) Team Podiocom Cc 0:02:07
9Anais Grimault (Fra) 0:02:21
10Severine Eraud (Fra) 0:02:38
11Solenne Billouin (Fra) 0:02:45
12Lyse Girault (Fra) 0:02:56
13Viviane Rognant (Fra) 0:03:04
14Laura Porhel (Fra) 0:03:11
15Amelie Laquebe (Fra) 0:03:24
16Marlène Morel Petitgirard (Fra) Team S1Neo - Graal - Bjorka 0:03:51
17Gwennig Le Dantec (Fra) 0:04:07
18Coralie Houdin (Fra) 0:04:21
19Cyriane Muller (Fra) 0:04:30
20Camille Devigne (Fra) Ardennes Cross Team 0:04:54
21Camille Benoit Guyod (Fra) 0:05:16
22Jennifer Mark (Fra) 0:06:33
23Audrey Weingarten (Fra) Aaa Sörius 0:08:38
24Lea Bonnafous (Fra) 0:08:51
LAPMarie Zeimeth (Fra) -1

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