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Marta Cavalli wins inaugural Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenges Femmes

 Marta Cavalli of Italy and Team FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope
Marta Cavalli of Italy and Team FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Marta Cavalli (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope) won the inaugural edition of the Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenges Femmes, soloing clear 2.5km from the summit of the Giant of Provence.

Cavalli came home 41 seconds clear of Clara Koppenberg (Cofidis), while French National Champion Evita Muzic (FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope) took third, a further eight seconds back.

The 100km race featured some 2,800m of total climbing, with the final haul up Mont Ventoux coming by way of the 24.3km-long approach from Sault. Morgane Coston (Arkéa Pro Cycling) splintered the peloton with an attack at Chalet Reynard, but she would be caught 4km from the summit, eventually placing ninth at 2:33.

Cavalli had FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine-Futuroscope teammates Muzic and Brodie Chapman for company on the way up Mont Ventoux, and their work helped to tee up her decisive final move. The Italian danced clear with 2.5km remaining and her victory was never in doubt from that point as she quickly established a winning lead.

"It's a special race. It's the first time I've climbed Mont Ventoux," Cavalli said. "We had prepared this meeting with the staff and my teammates. We did very good teamwork."

Cavalli has enjoyed a fine 2022 campaign to date, winning Amstel Gold Race and Flèche Wallonne, and placing fifth at Paris-Roubaix.

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