Drentse Acht van Westerveld - Audrey Cordon-Ragot: Today was a good opportunity for me
Mar 16 2019 06:28 am CET

Drentse Acht van Westerveld - Audrey Cordon-Ragot: Today was a good opportunity for me
Drentse Acht van Westerveld - Audrey Cordon-Ragot: Today was a good opportunity for me
Photo of Audrey Cordon-Ragot (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Trek-Segafredo's Audrey Cordon-Ragot has taken her first victory in a UCI road race in eight years at the Drentse Acht van Westerveld.

The French rider crossed the finish line of the Dutch race solo. "I don't know what to say! I am super happy!" said Cordon-Ragot. "It such a good feeling – it's been a long time since I have put my hands up. Today was a good opportunity for me; it was a hard race, a warrior's race, and I like that. I am proud of the team, of me, and the way we rode together. I think everyone is happy for me. It's a really nice feeling.

"Our group worked well together to the end because there was still a long way to go. When we were on the local lap of 6kms, we planned with Ellen (van Dijk) to attack first, and then if that did not work, I would try in the sprint because I can also be fast."

It was a hard and windy race, and that wind provoked a break in the pack, eventually leaving 8 riders in front including Cordon-Ragot and Van Dijk. "We had to try something because we were not the fastest with (Amy) Pieters, (Marta) Bastianelli there," the French rider explained. "After the attacks from Ellen, and (Gracie Elvin) Mitchelton-Scott also attacked, and when we slowed again, I found the opportunity to go. It was a headwind, so I was thinking it was not the smartest move, but in the end, no one in the back was able to really chase because I think everyone was kaput.

"I went as fast as I could and heard the moto next to me saying 10 seconds, 15 seconds, 35 seconds, so I saw the gap growing, and told myself to just keep going because I still had six kilometres. When I passed the finish line for the final lap, I did not feel my legs anymore. I just pulled as hard as I could, doing a proper time trial. When I saw the finish line, I finally turned my head and didn't see the group – only the cars behind me – then I knew I made it!"




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