Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

July 17, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Mollema solos from breakaway to Stage 15 victory at Tour de France; Brennauer back in Thüringen lead after stage wins for Simmonds, Stephens; Vos wins GC at BeNe Ladies Tour along with two stages; Ferrand-Prévot defends national cross-country title in Plouec; UCI announces junior women category for world cyclocross championships, starting in 2020; Study: Women cyclists more put off by traffic than men; Video: 24 hours with Michael Matthews at the Tour de France; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 15 highlights.

Ferrand-Prévot defends national cross-country title in Plouec

by CyclingTips

Pauline Ferrand-Prévot (Canyon-SRAM) continued her upward run of form when she successfully defended her French national cross-country title Sunday in Plouec. The 25-year old former world champion in road, cyclocross, and cross-country was 4:39 minutes ahead of her nearest rival, second-placed Sabrina Enaux, with Lucie Urruty over five minutes away in third.

“I aimed to have a good start in the race today because I wanted to do my pace on the downhill,” Ferrand-Prévot said. “The circuit was quite technical and I knew that I had to stay focused all of the time. I pushed hard on the climb and I saw already after one lap that I had a good gap. But I wanted to continue with a strong effort in case I had a crash or problems and so I kept pushing the whole race.”

Ferrand-Prévot said the win was an emotional one for her. “This morning I said to myself that I really wanted to keep this French jersey for another year. I was ready to fight for it. When I crossed the line today I felt like it was the first time I won a French championship. I was emotional and it’s given me a lot of pleasure and happiness.”

Ferrand-Prévot will now join her teammates on the road when she races La Course by Le Tour on July 20 starting in Briançon and racing up to the summit of col d’Izoard.