Wiel wins French women's road race

Jade Wiel finishes the junior women's road race at the 2018 world championships

Jade Wiel finishes the junior women's road race at the 2018 world championships (Image credit: Getty Images)

At the age of 19 and mentored by Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), cyclo-cross specialist Jade Wiel became the road race French champion in scorching conditions in La Haye-Fouassière near Nantes.

Wiel had the help of the FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope team that had a grip on the race from start to finish to score a one-two with Victorie Guilman, while defending champion Aude Biannic of Movistar Women Team rounded out the podium.

"It’s crazy," Wiel said. "During the race, I just thought it was impossible for me to become the French champion. When I came across I burned some energy, but Marie’s enormous work was gold for me. It’s been very tactical at the end. We all know that it’s not always the strongest who wins in cycling. We had to play it smart and that’s what we did."

Another 19-year-old from FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope, Marie Le Net, the silver medallist at last year’s junior world championship while Wiel was fifth, took the initiative as far as 100km before the end, showing no fear under the heat. Lena Gérault, a mountain bike specialist of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes who got bronze at the 2017 world championships in Cairns, Australia, for mixed relay, accompanied her in a long breakaway that forced Aubervilliers 93-St-Michel and Charente-Maritime teams to chase.

Halfway into the race their advantage was only 1:30, but the peloton was under control. As veteran Edwige Pitel of Cogeas-Mettler-Look attacked with 52km to go, their teammate Coralie Demay reacted. Former world champion of all disciplines Pauline Ferrand-Prévot from Canyon-SRAM showed up at the head of the peloton, although she hadn’t competed on the road since since La Course by Le Tour de France, almost one year ago, as she underwent an iliac artery surgery.

On her own, Wiel surprised the favourites from the foreign WorldTour teams to come across to the two leaders in the climb of Château-Thébaud with 43km remaining. Gérault couldn’t hold the pace anymore. Wiel and Le Net formed a FDJ duo with 34km to go. Biannic rode away from the peloton 25km from the finish, as did Trek-Segafredo’s Audrey Cordon-Ragot with 15km left.

Victorie Guilman, also from FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope, had caught Biannic’s wheel, making it three versus one when junction was operated at the 4km to go mark, while Cordon-Ragot came close but remained alone behind for a second disappointment in three days after losing her time trial title to Séverine Eraud of Dolticini.

Wiel and Guilman were attentive enough to Biannic in the last kilometre and passed her to finish in that order. Hailing from Besançon in the Franche-Comté region, Wiel is mentored by Pinot since they took part together in the “Étoiles du Sport” gathering in the French Alps last winter. She probably learned that attacking is an FDJ trademark at the French national championships.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope3:22:11
2Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 1 - Cell 2
3Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 2 - Cell 2
4Marie le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:17
5Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women0:00:23
6Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:00:57
7Severine Eraud (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 6 - Cell 2
8Laura Asencio (Fra) WNT-Rotor Pro CyclingRow 7 - Cell 2
9Marion Sicot (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck SportRow 8 - Cell 2
10Marion Bessone (Fra)0:01:10
11Roxane Fournier (Fra) Movistar Team WomenRow 10 - Cell 2
12Clara Copponi (Fra)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Sandrine Bideau (Fra)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Lucie Jounier (Fra)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Coralie Demay (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Camille Robert (Fra)Row 15 - Cell 2
17Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb WomenRow 16 - Cell 2
18Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 17 - Cell 2
19Edwige Pitel (Fra) Cogeas Mettler LookRow 18 - Cell 2
20Pauline Ferrand Prevot (Fra) Canyon-SRAM0:01:14
21Pauline Allin (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women0:01:22
22Pascale Jeuland (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport0:02:20
23Gladys Verhulst (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women0:03:02
24Melodie Lesueur (Fra)0:04:38
25Barbara Fonseca (Fra)Row 24 - Cell 2
26India Grangier (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women0:07:04
27Océane Tessier (Fra)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Audrey Weingarten (Fra)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Lyse Girault (Fra)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Sophie Almeida (Fra)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Marine Quiniou (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 30 - Cell 2
32Coralie Houdin (Fra)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Pascaline Duchesne (Fra)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Lena Gerault (Fra)0:07:07
35Charlotte Bravard (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope0:07:17
36Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 35 - Cell 2
37Greta Richioud (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine FuturoscopeRow 36 - Cell 2
38Celia le Mouel (Fra)0:08:03
39Marie Gielen (Fra)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Chloé Charpentier (Fra)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Fanny Zambon (Fra)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Cyriane Muller (Fra)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Manon Souyris (Fra)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Maina Galand (Fra)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Juliette Landon (Fra)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Aline Guglielmi (Fra)Row 45 - Cell 2
47Oriane Chaumet (Fra)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Laura da Cruz (Fra)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Audrey Menut (Fra)Row 48 - Cell 2
50Emeline Eustache (Fra)Row 49 - Cell 2
51Camille Devi (Fra)Row 50 - Cell 2
52Manon Minaud (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 51 - Cell 2
53Ophelie Fenart (Fra)Row 52 - Cell 2
54Zoé Delachaux (Fra)Row 53 - Cell 2
55Lucie Lahaye (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 54 - Cell 2
56Marjolaine Bazin (Fra)0:08:07
57Thérésa Hoebanckx (Fra)0:10:34
58Anaïs Morichon (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women0:14:06
59Valentine Fortin (Fra)0:43:49
60Sandrine Polizzi (Fra)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Loriane Ceyssat (Fra)Row 60 - Cell 2
62Audrey Gascon (Fra)Row 61 - Cell 2
63Sarah Pope (Fra)1:13:49
64Marine Thiebault (Fra)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Lisa Fabien (Fra)Row 64 - Cell 2
66Claire Floret (Fra)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Camille Cochet (Fra)1:43:49
68Jeanne Louise Barbier (Fra)2:13:49
69Alison Avoine (Fra)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Marine Louboutin (Fra)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Sylvie Riedle (Fra)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Sonia Marsollier (Fra)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Mathilde Terrasson (Fra)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Hélène Mulot (Fra)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Caroline Deguy (Fra)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Christelle Charvin (Fra)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Justine Gegu (Fra)Row 76 - Cell 2
78Solène le Douairon Lahaye (Fra)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Florine Leplat (Fra)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Alexia Buzzi (Fra)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Jade Leroueil (Fra)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Anaelle Menet (Fra)Row 81 - Cell 2
83Noëline Polycarpe (Fra)Row 82 - Cell 2
84Maryanne Hinault (Fra)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Laura Semon (Fra)Row 84 - Cell 2
86Coralie Nourry (Fra)2:43:49
87Alizee Collas (Fra)Row 86 - Cell 2
88Laura Ripplinger (Fra)Row 87 - Cell 2
89Valérie Jeudy (Fra)Row 88 - Cell 2
DNFAlice Coutinho (Fra)Row 89 - Cell 2
DNFMélanie Guedon (Fra)Row 90 - Cell 2
DNFMargot Pompanon (Fra)Row 91 - Cell 2
DNFTyphaine Laurance (Fra)Row 92 - Cell 2
DNFMargot Grosjean (Fra)Row 93 - Cell 2
DNFCharlotte Guillard (Fra)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFElsa Hugot (Fra)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNFAurore Verhoeven (Fra)Row 96 - Cell 2
DNFIris Sachet (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFGwenaelle Houot (Fra)Row 98 - Cell 2
DNFMarion Norbert Riberolle (Fra)Row 99 - Cell 2
DNFLisa Guerin (Fra)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFMarion Borras (Fra)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFNoemie Abgrall (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFMarine Cloarec (Fra)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFMélanie Labeyrie (Fra)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFNoémie Dumas (Fra)Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFGabrielle Rimasson (Fra)Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFElodie Belz (Fra)Row 107 - Cell 2
DNFOcéane Grimaud (Fra)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNFElise Lafitte (Fra)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFClara Levarlet (Fra)Row 110 - Cell 2
DNFClaire Lise Comparat (Fra)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFMarie Geslin (Fra)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFClemence Eraud (Fra)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFBalladyne Tritsch (Fra) Charente-Maritime WomenRow 114 - Cell 2
DNFLaura Silande (Fra)Row 115 - Cell 2
DNFOriane Cervesato (Fra)Row 116 - Cell 2
DNFEstelle Robert (Fra)Row 117 - Cell 2
DNFMaëva Paret Peintre (Fra)Row 118 - Cell 2
DNFMargaux Cadol (Fra)Row 119 - Cell 2
DNFNolwenn Houot (Fra)Row 120 - Cell 2
DNFJulie Rollee (Fra)Row 121 - Cell 2

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