Ricarda gets 4th at GP Feminin de Chambery

Ricarda gets 4th at GP Feminin de Chambery

Ricarda Bauernfeind finished fourth in today’s Grand Prix Féminin de Chambéry. It was the first UCI 1.1 race for CANYON//SRAM Generation and the team performed strongly. Ricarda was on the podium for second in the U23 classification.

“It was the first big race for our team and I was quite nervous. My goal was top 20, so to get fourth, I‘m very happy about it,” says Ricarda.

The CANYON//SRAM Generation rider describes how the 109km race played out.

“In the early part of the race, there were two riders in the front and a group of around 20 riders behind which included me and five riders from FDJ. After 45km, there were different attacks. I went with the first two but we didn‘t get away from the group. By the third attack, two FDJ riders could go and they bridged across to the leaders. I tried to go with them but after the other attacks, I couldn’t quite get there. Behind, I was in a group of six but there wasn’t very good cooperation.”

“I worked a lot when I heard that the gap to the leaders was getting closer and I tried to attack the climbs and go across but I couldn‘t close the gap. Eventually, one rider of the breakaway had a puncture so that meant my group sprinted for fourth place.”

“Adam (Szabo) told me that it‘s still a long way to go up to the finish so I waited and followed the high pace of the other riders. I really wanted to win the sprint of my group to finish the hard race in a good place. I‘m very happy with the fourth place. I’m disappointed I couldn’t be in the lead group but at that moment I couldn’t ride any faster,” finished Ricarda.

Teammate Agua Marina Espinola Salinas was in the next group and finished 20th. Valentine Nzayisenga and Llori Sharpe were in a group further behind but were stopped by the commissaire before the final circuit.