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Ferrier Bruneau wins alone

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Joanne Duval in the escape

Joanne Duval in the escape
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Julie Bresset and Amelie Rivat on the attack

Julie Bresset and Amelie Rivat on the attack
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Julie Bresset leads the chase.

Julie Bresset leads the chase.
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The espoir women

The espoir women
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Julie Bresset and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot

Julie Bresset and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
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Magdalena De Saint Jean puts the pressure on

Magdalena De Saint Jean puts the pressure on
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Melodie Lesueur leads the chase.

Melodie Lesueur leads the chase.
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The 2011 women's French road race championship podium

The 2011 women's French road race championship podium
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Joanne Duval off the front

Joanne Duval off the front
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Jeannie Longo wouldn't be adding her 59th national title.

Jeannie Longo wouldn't be adding her 59th national title.
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Christel Ferrier Bruneau, the 2011 French champion

Christel Ferrier Bruneau, the 2011 French champion
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The U23 women's podium topped by Audrey Cordon

The U23 women's podium topped by Audrey Cordon
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Audrey Cordon was the first espoir to take her second title of the week

Audrey Cordon was the first espoir to take her second title of the week
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Christel Ferrier Bruneau wins in Boulogne-Sur-Mer

Christel Ferrier Bruneau wins in Boulogne-Sur-Mer
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Christel Ferrier Bruneau celebrates her French title

Christel Ferrier Bruneau celebrates her French title
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Christel Ferrier Bruneau with a solo victory

Christel Ferrier Bruneau with a solo victory
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Beatrice Thomas and Joanne Duval finished just outside the podium

Beatrice Thomas and Joanne Duval finished just outside the podium
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Christel Ferrier Bruneau on her way to the gold

Christel Ferrier Bruneau on her way to the gold
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Christel Ferrier Bruneau soaks it all in

Christel Ferrier Bruneau soaks it all in
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The women's road race podium: Longo, Ferrier-Bruneau and Magdalena De Saint Jean

The women's road race podium: Longo, Ferrier-Bruneau and Magdalena De Saint Jean
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Christel Ferrier-Bruneau (Gauss) claimed the French national road race title in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, denying veteran Jeannie Longo her 59th title on a cold and rainy day.

Ferrier-Bruneau jumped away on a steep climb in the final 500m of the 109.6km race, leaving Longo behind. Magdalena de Saint Jean took the third spot from the three-rider breakaway.

The final lap was rife with attacks, with Ferrier-Bruneau and Longo each having a go, but the trio came together under the red kite to battle it out in the tough finale.

"I tried to attack on the first climb, but they came back," Ferrier-Bruneau said. "I thought I had to be careful because Longo is strong and has a lot of experience. The wall before the finish suited me and I gave it everything there."

Longo said she wasn't confident for the finish against the superior speed of Ferrier-Bruneau. "Tactically, I was positioned wrong because I found myself at the front in the final corner. I wanted to do what Christel did: to put in an attack from behind.

"Christel had a great race, It's good that she has the jersey."

A cold rain in the morning soaked the Boulogne-Sur-Mer course, making the early part of the race a nervous affair. It wasn't until the mid-point of the race that an attack finally went clear, with Joanne Duval gaining a maximum lead of 3:10 over the course of the next two laps.

With three to go, the chase began in earnest and Duval's lead slipped away as the furious pace broke the peloton to pieces behind.

Three strong women: St. Jean, Longo and Ferrier-Bruneau made the juncture to the fading Duval with two laps to go, and the escapee could not hold onto the trio's pace for long.

The three would go on to fight out the podium places, while Duval was joined by her teammate Beatrice Thomas to hold onto fourth.
 

Full Results
1Christel Ferrier Bruneau3:26:11
2Jeannie Longo0:00:12
3Magdalena De Saint Jean0:00:18
4Joanne Duval0:04:12
5Beatrice Thomas
6Julie Krasniak0:05:10
7Melanie Bravard0:07:15
8Emilie Blanquefort
9Emmanuelle Merlot
10Nathalie Jeuland0:07:29
11Marie Laure0:07:31
12Audrey Cordon0:09:08
13Amelie Rivat
14Pauline Ferrand Prevot
15Elodie Hegoburu
16Marion Rousse
17Aurore Verhoeven0:09:13
18Marion Azam0:09:14
19Eugénie Mermillod
20Margot Ortega0:09:20
21Céline Schuller0:09:30
22Aodez Le Fourn
23Julie Bresset
24Marlene Petit0:09:39
25Mélodie Lesueur0:09:42
26Steffi Jamoneau0:12:32
27Céline Wittek0:12:36
28Charlotte Bravard0:13:02
29Oriane Niay0:13:19
30Louise Blot0:14:48
31Vicky Fournial
32Fanny Riberot
33Nathalie Cadol0:14:52
34Aurelie Bramante0:15:03
35Marion Sicot0:15:04
36Sandrine Baldassarre0:15:07
37Angelique Goron
38Lise Dodement0:15:08
39Justine Macret0:15:10
40Cynthia Huygens0:15:19
DNFAudrey Gascon
DNFNadege Prudhomme
DNFCindy Morvan
DNFDelphine Rousseau
DNFMelanie Briot
DNFCamille Darcel
DNFAlessia Bugeia
DNFSarah Thibaud
DNFLucie Pader
DNFElodie Le Bail
DNFVeronique Paillard
DNFSylvie Gaillon
DNFAlexia Muffat
DNFEdwige Pitel
DNFFlorence Girardet
DNFJennifer Mark
DNFSandra Dos Santos
DNFStephanie Viel
DNFSandrine Bideau
DNFLudivine Loze
DNFAlna Burato
DNFClotilde Lefort
DNFJénifer Letue

 

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