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FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope crowned a “perfect day” on home soil with victory and third place at the inaugural women’s Mont Ventoux Dénivelé Challenge.
Rising star Marta Cavalli claimed her third victory of the year, destroying the competition after attacking with around 2.5 kilometers to the line. In short order, she built up a commanding lead over an elite chasing group to win by a massive 41 seconds.
The one-day race up the iconic Ventoux climb was Cavalli’s first race since crashing out of the Vuelta a Burgos at the end of May. There were no signs of any lingering injury from the incident as she romped up the ascent.
“We had prepared this race well and I had the opportunity to study it several times, especially with the passages of the Tour de France,” Cavalli said after her win. “I was in training last week, but I was already thinking about today’s race and my head was already in Mont Ventoux. I would really like to thank the organization that allowed us to do a race like this.”
After launching the race in 2019, this year was the first time that a women’s event was organized and it is only the second time since a stage of the 2016 Tour de l’Ardèche that the pro women’s peloton has raced up Mont Ventoux.As one of […]