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French championships: Cordon-Ragot wins women's road title

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Frances Audrey CordonRagot of TrekSegafredo celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the womens Elite French Road Cycling Championships 2020 between GrandChamp and GrandChamp western France on August 22 2020 Photo by Damien MEYER AFP Photo by DAMIEN MEYERAFP via Getty Images

Frances Audrey CordonRagot of TrekSegafredo celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the womens Elite French Road Cycling Championships 2020 between GrandChamp and GrandChamp western France on August 22 2020 Photo by Damien MEYER AFP Photo by DAMIEN MEYERAFP via Getty Images (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Frances Audrey CordonRagot of TrekSegafredo celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the womens Elite French Road Cycling Championships 2020 between GrandChamp and GrandChamp western France on August 22 2020 Photo by Damien MEYER AFP Photo by DAMIEN MEYERAFP via Getty Images

Frances Audrey CordonRagot of TrekSegafredo celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the womens Elite French Road Cycling Championships 2020 between GrandChamp and GrandChamp western France on August 22 2020 Photo by Damien MEYER AFP Photo by DAMIEN MEYERAFP via Getty Images (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Frances Audrey CordonRagot of TrekSegafredo celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the womens Elite French Road Cycling Championships 2020 between GrandChamp and GrandChamp western France on August 22 2020 Photo by Damien MEYER AFP Photo by DAMIEN MEYERAFP via Getty Images

Frances Audrey CordonRagot of TrekSegafredo celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the womens Elite French Road Cycling Championships 2020 between GrandChamp and GrandChamp western France on August 22 2020 Photo by Damien MEYER AFP Photo by DAMIEN MEYERAFP via Getty Images (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Gold medalist Audrey CordonRagot celebrates on the podium after winning the French Elite women road cycling championship in Grand Champ western France on August 22 2020 Photo by Damien MEYER AFP Photo by DAMIEN MEYERAFP via Getty Images

Gold medalist Audrey CordonRagot celebrates on the podium after winning the French Elite women road cycling championship in Grand Champ western France on August 22 2020 Photo by Damien MEYER AFP Photo by DAMIEN MEYERAFP via Getty Images (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Gold medalist Audrey CordonRagot sings the national anthem during the podium ceremony after winning the French Elite women road cycling championship in Grand Champ western France on August 22 2020 Photo by Damien MEYER AFP Photo by DAMIEN MEYERAFP via Getty Images

Gold medalist Audrey CordonRagot sings the national anthem during the podium ceremony after winning the French Elite women road cycling championship in Grand Champ western France on August 22 2020 Photo by Damien MEYER AFP Photo by DAMIEN MEYERAFP via Getty Images (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Audrey Cordon Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) claimed her first elite road title with an emphatic solo attack with just under 5km to go.

The 30-year-old missed out in the time trial on Friday by five seconds to Juliet Labous (Sunweb) but was taking no chances in Grand-Champ on Saturday.

After shattering the reduced field with a few probing attacks, Cordon Ragot used an uphill section to dispatch three riders and go solo to the line.

Gladys Verhulst (Team Arkéa) out-sprinted Clara Copponi (FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope) for the silver medal.

It was an emotional win for Cordon-Ragot, who was outnumbered by the FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope and Arkéa teams.

"Pierre Rolland told me this morning, ‘Audrey, today you have to race with a cold head and a warm heart.’ I kept repeating that in my head the whole day. I was composed and made a really deliberate attack when I did," Cordon-Ragot said.

"A national championship race is never simple. I knew the course really well, every corner. The little hills were not hard, but the succession of them made them really hurt. I had different scenarios in my head this morning, all coming down to trimming down the bigger teams.

"Yesterday was such an immense disappointment for me, and I couldn’t get over it. But today, I rebounded from it perfectly. I had so many goosebumps at the end! So many people shouting my name, it was incredible! I’m from Brittany, so this is like a home race for me… unbelievable!

"To be able to pull this off is just incredible! This is the most beautiful moment in my career: being able to win and wear this beautiful jersey. I am going to enjoy it!"

Full Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Audrey Cordon Ragot (Fra) Trek-Segafredo Women 3:03:59
2Gladys Verhulst (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:00:38
3Clara Copponi (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
4Victorie Guilman (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:02:00
5Manon Souyris (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
6Eugénie Duval (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
7Sandrine Bideau (Fra)
8Pauline Allin (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
9Laura Asencio (Fra) Ceratizit-WNT Pro 0:02:16
10Maëlle Grossetete (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope 0:02:33
11Marie Le Net (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
12Justine Gegu (Fra)
13Amandine Fouquenet (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
14Marlène Petit (Fra)
15Marie Gielen (Fra)
16Aline Guglielmi (Fra)
17Greta Richioud (Fra) Hitec Products-Birk Sport
18Melodie Lesueur (Fra)
19Axelle Guirado (Fra)
20Sandra Levenez (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
21Elsa Hugot (Fra)
22Juliette Labous (Fra) Team Sunweb Women
23Marine Strappazzon (Fra)
24Evita Muzic (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
25Iris Sachet (Fra)
26Cedrine Kerbaol (Fra)
27Audrey Weingarten (Fra)
28Alison Avoine (Fra)
29Barbara Fonseca (Fra)
30Dilyxine Miermont (Fra)
31Roxane Fournier (Fra) Chevalmeire Cycling Team
32Viviane Rognant (Fra)
33Jade Wiel (Fra) FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope
34Pascaline Duchesne (Fra)
35Anaïs Morichon (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
36Aude Biannic (Fra) Movistar Team Women
37Noemie Abgrall (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
38Zoé Delachaux (Fra)
39India Grangier (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling
40Edwige Pitel (Fra) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
41Morgane Coston (Fra)
42Claudie Chamboredon (Fra) 0:03:18
43Margot Pompanon (Fra) 0:03:38
44Typhaine Laurance (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
45Coralie Houdin (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic 0:03:58
46Sophie Almeida (Fra) 0:04:18
47Léa Curinier (Fra) Team Arkea-Samsic
48Chloé Charpentier (Fra) 0:06:14
49Jeanne Louise Barbier (Fra)
50Margot Grosjean (Fra) 0:06:41
51Cyriane Muller (Fra)
52Margaux Vigie (Fra) Valcar - Travel & Service
53Cindy Pomares (Fra) 0:10:25
54Ophelie Fenart (Fra) 0:12:34
55Valentine Fortin (Fra) 0:13:59
56Lore Le Pabic (Fra) 0:14:00
57Marine Thiebault (Fra) 0:14:14
58Sophie De Muynck (Fra) 0:14:16
59Victoire Berteau (Fra) Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport 0:14:44
60Marie Brunet (Fra) 0:15:15
61Amélie Hild (Fra) 0:17:15
62Julie Rollee (Fra)
63Nolwenn Houot (Fra)
64Victoire Barbe (Fra) Cogeas Mettler Look Pro
65Sara Touche (Fra)
66Malorie Beunard (Fra)
67Lisa Guerin (Fra)
68Melanie Menara (Fra)
69Margot Lauzier (Fra)
70Amélie Chavent (Fra)
71Chloe Schoenenberger (Fra)
72Hélène Mulot (Fra)
73Laura Semon (Fra)
74Marie Louise Biard (Fra)
75Caroline Mouraux (Fra)
76Balladyne Tritsch (Fra) Charente-Maritime Women Cycling 0:17:21
77Loriane Ceyssat (Fra)
78Anaelle Menet (Fra) 0:18:43
79Laurie Vezie (Fra) 0:18:49

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