The event appeared in 2019 on the programs of the European and World Cycling Championships. France can now boast of being included in the list. The Blues won the continental mixed relay time trial title on Thursday September 21, a few weeks after winning world silver in Glasgow (Scotland) in August.

In the rain in the province of Drenthe (Netherlands), Audrey Cordon-Ragot, Cédrine Kerbaol, Juliette Labous, Bruno Armirail, Rémi Cavagna and Benjamin Thomas beat the Italians by 4 seconds and the Germans by 22 seconds.

“We really wanted revenge.”

“We rode really well, it was tough but the guys had prepared the ground well for us, we had no right to miss it,” reacted Audrey Cordon-Ragot on L’Equipe TV. His teammate Rémi Cavagna returned the compliment: “It’s thanks to them that we are here. At the world championships we finished second by 7 seconds, we really wanted revenge. It’s great for the France team. »

Switzerland, double reigning world champion, finished only sixth in the event, deprived of Stefan Küng who fell violently on Wednesday September 20 during the individual time trial. The runner suffered an uncomplicated concussion as well as a fractured cheekbone and hand.