Audrey Cordon-Ragot has confirmed she will be absent from the World Championships after suffering a stroke a week before she was due to race the time trial in Wollongong.
“Life always has surprises in store for you and this week more than ever, I learned that life is far more important than anything else,” Cordon-Ragot wrote on Twitter. “My non-presence at the next world championships, which many people have allowed themselves to qualify as whims, fear of losing, lack of respect for the French team… and so on, is due to a stroke, to which I was a victim last Sunday.”
“Not detected right away, I was lucky (yes I say lucky) to be surrounded by a medical staff (thank you Gwenaëlle Madouas, Maryline Salvetat and Mathieu Le Strat) who strongly advised me to carry out a MRI which surely saved my life.”
Cordon-Ragot had taken to Twitter on Tuesday to announce she would not take part in the Worlds time trial or mixed relay for health reasons, with a decision to come on the road race. Two days later, the news broke that the French national champion would not join her compatriots in Australia.
“Difficult to explain how I feel,” she continued on Twitter. “I am exhausted, drained, sad, but at the same time so grateful and happy to have been able to return home to my loved ones.”
This significant health scare brings arguably the best season of Cordon-Ragot’s career to a close. The 32-year-old will now “observe a rest period and undergo an operation to resolve the heart problem that caused my accident.”
She signed off with a quote by philanthropist and intellectual Anne Barratin: “Vigoureusement aimer, c’est vigoureusement vivre.” (‘To love vigorously is to live vigorously.’)