The long cyclo-cross Sunday at the European Championships in Pontchâteau was opened by the junior women and it was a Frenchwoman who made a blistering start in front of her own people.
Célia Gery immediately put a lot of pressure on her fellow top favorite Cat Ferguson and already opened up a gap on the British in the first round.
The home rider systematically increased her lead in the first 2 laps and started the 3rd lap with a comfortable bonus of more than 20 seconds. Gery did not relinquish her title again.
Our compatriot Shanyl De Schoesitter rode around in a good 4th position for a long time, but tumbled to 11th place. “But I messed up a bit in that fight for 4th place,” she responded afterwards.
“When five of them came over me, I relaxed a bit. They then immediately started to move on again, I immediately wanted to go and I surrendered.”
The Schoesitter eventually came in 11th. “I’m happy with that. We also rode 5 minutes longer than normal. I don’t know where I would have finished if it had been one lap less.”