The pace was pretty smooth at the start of the race, and then when it started to roll, it had the effect of skimming the field a bit. After 3 or 4 laps, three girls escaped. Behind, it rolled on a false rhythm. Auber’s team took matters into their own hands as they had no one in front, and their riders tried to get out. It was a running race, the gap varied between 30s and 2 min 30s. As soon as we saw them in sight, the girls stopped rolling, the breakaway then resumed a little field.

On arrival, we thought we were coming in for fourth place so Auber put a train to take Valentine Fortin who won. We realised once we got 300m from the line, that the 3 girls in front were looking at each other so we caught up with them. Valentine started the sprint, I got stuck in the barriers a bit and I finished second.

In addition, on the climb I felt that there was a problem, and on arrival I looked at my rear wheel, and I noticed that I had a slow puncture. I was almost flat!

It feels good to make a podium! Since the start of the year I have been doing big races so mentally I was slapping myself every weekend. It was complicated to locate, to know if I was at the level or not! There it is good for morale and it gives a little confidence! It’s also my first podium with the Arkéa jersey, so it’s nice!

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