Arkea’s young talent Lucie Jounier will be one of the team’s leaders in the upcoming 2022 season. The French rider has seen some teammates leave this off-season, which after a stellar 2021, leaves her near the top of the pack. She’s another rider to come out of the French heartland of cycling – Brittany. We saw how much the Bretons love their cycling during the start of the 2021 Tour de France. The homeland of Bernard Hinault continues to develop new talents.
After the first contract in 2018 with US Vern Cyclisme and then in 2019 with Team Breizh Ladies, Jounier was picked up by Arkea in 2020. She had a so so 2020, with the season interrupted by COVID 19 and scored her best result at the start of the year with 12th at Le Samyn. This 2021 season though, Lucie Jounier has really pushed on. Finishing with 8 top-10 results and a best of 4th at both GP Eco-Struct and Ronde de Mouscron.
Jounier felt she could have done better at the French Nationals in 2021. After finishing 14th and 7 minutes behind winner Evita Muzic. Following on from her strong Belgian spring classic season in 2021, it’s no surprise that those races will once again be targets for her. After those, the major targets will be Paris Roubaix and Flèche Wallonne in the latter part of the Spring. Then the Thüringen Ladies Tour, Giro Donne and naturally, the reborn Tour de France Femmes. Later on, the Tour de l’Ardeche is the last major objective of the 2022 season. A first pro podium and/or victory would be the aim and certainly achievable.
Arkea has been working with ODCycling to optimise rider positions on their race bikes. Lucie Jounier is one of the 6 riders (Marie-Morgane Le Deunff, Amandine Fouquenet, Pauline Allin and Anaïs Morichon are the others) to have received the optimisations. The team will be hoping that all 6 can maximise their results on the bike in 2022.