The French rider Aude Biannic has confirmed to Le Telegramme that she intends to retire at the end of the 2024 season. The domestique who was part of Annemiek van Vleuten’s triple major GC winning teams in 2022 says that she will be able to “turn the page without regret” retiring at that point when she will be 33 years old.
Biannic has taken 3 UCI level victories in her long career. A stage of the 2013 Giro Toscana Int. Femminile, the 2018 French national road race championships and the prologue of the Lotto Belgium Tour, also in 2018. Biannic became French champion with an attack that saw her finish 10 seconds ahead of the then budding star of Gladys Verhulst in Mantes-la-Jolie. That was also her first season on the Movistar team, where Biannic has ridden ever since. Previously, she rode for S.C. Michela Fanini – Rox, Lointek and Poitou-Charentes.Futuroscope.86, which became better known to current fans as FDJ-Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope in 2017.
Biannic would love to take part in Paris Roubaix Femmes before she retires, having missed the opening 2 editions of the cobbled race. She also believes the French national championships may suit her due to the cobbled climbs in Hazebrouck and Cassel. Generally though, she is committed to working for team leaders like Annemiek van Vleuten, Liane Lippert and Floortje Mackaij.
The Paris Olympics are a goal for next season but ultimately, if Biannic isn’t selected, she will still go watch the race in person.
Since the end of the Tour de France Femmes, I’ve been asked about it in every interview. All the girls on the team now have the Tour de France in mind. After just one edition, it has already become the reference race. I never imagined that things would go so quickly. It made an incredible boom! And then, our sport is much more recognised. Even my grandparents told me about my role as a teammate…Aude Biannic
Aude Biannic plans to begin her 2023 season at the UAE Tour on 9th-12th February.