This weekend was the turn of the French National Championships to fill the racing void and with a stacked field of riders and a rowdy course to test out the riders it provided plenty of great racing action. In the Women's racing, it was the current World Champion Myriam Nicole who came back from her second place in seeding to take the win by a huge 3.64 seconds ahead of Marine Cabirou who had been looking fast all weekend.
The men's racing saw another change in results from seeding with the fastest rider from Saturday, Loris Vergier, falling back to third place on race day. Dorval AM rider Benoit Coulanges laid down an incredible run to beat World Champion Loic Bruni to the line by just 0.72
seconds. An amazing win for Coulanges which should give him a lot of confidence heading into the first World Cup of the year. Results:
1st. Benoit Coulanges: 3:11.68
2nd. Loic Bruni: +0.72
3rd. Loris Vergier: +0.86
4th. Baptiste Pierron: +2.83
5th. Thibaut Daprela: +3.96
1st. Myriam Nicole: 3:37.20
2nd. Marine Cabirou: +3.64
3rd. Agnes Delest: +16.58
4th. Mélanie Chappaz: +17.68
5th. Léona Pierrini: +20.61
Women:Top 35 Men:Find the full results here.
Amaury Pierron Injured
Amaury Pierron was only just returning to racing this weekend after his crash at the French Cup race at Alpe d'Huez earlier this month, but he suffered a major crash during his race run and was reportedly airlifted to hospital. The [unconfirmed] word is a shoulder/arm/hand injury. His team has announced
on social media that it's "Apparently nothing too serious but we hope we can post some better news soon."
We wish Amaury all the best, and we'll update this when we get more information.