Faulkner fantastic at GP Plouay, takes third
August 30, 2021
Kristen Faulkner rode the race of her life at the Grand Prix Plouay today, sprinting out of a reduced bunch after an attritional 150km, to take third place, one of her best results in a World Tour event since taking bronze at the Ladies Tour of Norway.
"Kristen had an amazing sprint to take third place," said TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank Team Director Hedderman after the finish in northwestern France. "I'm super happy with how things went. The teamwork has been really, really good, and it's starting to show in the results. This is a great accomplishment for the team."
Faulkner sprints to third at GP Plouay. Photo/Actu Cyclisme Feminin
Faulkner attributed the win to her teammates, who rallied hard under high pressure to maintain ideal race placement all day long.
"The race was very hard and high intensity the entire time," Faulkner said. "The peloton was either pushing a climb, fighting for position for the next corner, or chasing down an attack. The course also had 15mph winds which also made the race hard."
On the last few laps, there were several attacks that were neutralized by the peloton, however, the eventual winner, Elisa Longo Borghini, attacked on the final lap and went solo to the finish.
"Rachel emphasized the importance of positioning going into the final climb, and so I entered it third wheel, which was key going into the finale," Faulkner continued. "I stayed towards the front and waited until I saw someone start their sprint, and then I went."