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Lucie Jounier : “A day where I could express myself”

On the line

Lucie Jounier

It was a sprint finish which was planned on a 120 km flat stage with 4 laps of the circuit of around 20 km. The instructions were to go in the breakaways if there were any, to control behind and to let the big teams do it so that it came in! We weren’t represented in the breakaway and on the last lap they were almost 2 minutes ahead. Amandine and Pauline got down to the plank to help Movistar and DSM get back on the runaways. They did a big job! I was well supported by Léa, Greta and Typhaine to replace me. Unfortunately at 5 kilometres from the finish, 2 girls try to pass where it did not pass in front of me and it fell. I almost avoided the fall but the bike boomeranged and I found myself on the ground when we were in a good position and I was well surrounded. I’m disgusted it was a day where I could express myself, there aren’t many chances on this Giro. I really wanted to do well and to fall so close to the finish is really disappointing. When I see the Top 10, we say to ourselves that there was something to do. I would like to thank all of my teammates for the hard work they have done throughout the day and I hope that we will be happy with the next steps ” When I see the Top 10, we say to ourselves that there was something to do. I would like to thank all of my teammates for the hard work they have done throughout the day and I hope that we will be happy with the next steps ” When I see the Top 10, we say to ourselves that there was something to do. I would like to thank all of my teammates for the hard work they have done throughout the day and I hope that we will be happy with the next steps”.

The debrief ‘

Franck Renimel (Sports Director) : “A race without real movement as we expected. This course presented no difficulty, a peri-urban route. We were planning a massive sprint for Lucie. We saw good work from the team who drove on the breakaways. We quickly returned to the breakaways. Up to 6 km everything was fine, Lucie was placed for the sprint with a grouped peloton. Unfortunately she fell and as a result there was no longer any hope of getting a result. Bad day but our riders all the same learned to ride behind a breakaway to take a sprint, that may be the only positive point of the day”.

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