The French women’s team won the pursuit on Wednesday, during the Cairo round of the Nations Cup. France won four more medals on the first day.
After Jakarta (Indonesia) in February and while waiting for Milton (Canada) in April, the city of Cairo is hosting the second of the three stages of the Track Cycling Nations Cup this week. And France won its first victory in Egypt on Wednesday with the women’s pursuit. Clara Copponi, Valentine Fortin, Marion Borras and Marie Le Net beat the New Zealanders in the final, in a remake of the Jakarta final, where Les Bleues lost. The two teams therefore have the same number of points in the classification of the discipline, so that everything will be decided during the third Canadian stage.
France take 🥇 in Women Pursuit Finals
⏱ 4:13.820 versus 🥈 New Zealand in 4:15.000#TissotNationsCup pic.twitter.com/ZU82f0jJRf
— UCI Track Cycling (@UCI_Track) March 15, 2023
A beautiful day for France
The day was prosperous for the French delegation, since in addition to the victory of the chasers, the Blues won four medals. France notably finished second in the men’s team sprint, with Timmy Gillion, Rayan Helal and Sébastien Vigier, behind the Netherlands. It is the Dutch who dominate the classification of this discipline, but everything will still be possible in Milton next month.
Second place also for the French in the men’s pursuit, with Thomas Denis, Corentin Ermenault, Quentin Lafargue and Valentin Tabellion, behind Denmark, who had already won in Jakarta. On the girls’ side, Mathilde Gros, Taky Marie-Divine Kouamé and Julie Maichaux finished third in the team sprint, behind China and Germany. Finally, Victoire Berteau took second place in the race for elimination behind the American Jennifer Valente but remains at the top of the general classification of the discipline. There are still two days of competition to try to win other medals.