Audrey Cordon-Ragot (Trek-Segafredo) claimed the French national road race title for the second time in her career on Saturday, doubling up after her mid-week time trial victory.
The 32-year-old, who won the title in 2020, beat Gladys Verhulst (Le Col-Wahoo) in a two-up sprint for the line in Cholet.
Noémie Abgrall (Stade Rochelais Charente-Maritime) claimed the bronze medal and the final spot on the podium, leading home a chasing group of five riders.
Cordon-Ragot, who'd claimed the sixth TT crown of her career on Wednesday, attacked from the chasing pack to bridge over to a dangerous breakaway on the penultimate lap of the Cholet course. Verhulst went with her but big names like Juliette Labous (DSM) and Aude Biannic (Movistar) were stuck behind.
Cordon-Ragot attacked again on the Séguinière climb before responding to an attack from Verhulst as the pair went clear of the rest. It was settled in a sprint, with the Trek-Segafredo rider shading it before throwing her hands in the air.
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Deputy Editor - Europe. Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. After joining Cyclingnews as a staff writer on the back of work experience, Patrick became Features Editor in 2018 and oversaw significant growth in the site’s long-form and in-depth output. Since 2021 he has been Deputy Editor - Europe, taking more responsibility for the site’s content as a whole, while still writing and - despite a pandemic-induced hiatus - travelling to races around the world. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.
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