French 1-2-3 in Junior Women's Cross-Country

Posted by Editor on 9/18/98.

The French have started these World Championships with a bang, taking all three of the top spots. As expected, the French and European champion - Cecile Rode was the victor, in her first year of racing at the Junior level. However, she did have a bit of a scare from second place Severine Hanson: ìI came back up from 4th place to them (Rode and eventual third place finisher Sandrine Guironnet), and then I took a turn at the frontî. However, Rode was definitely the strongest, an important point on a course that she said was ìvery technical, very physical. You had to work very hard on this course, because there was no recovery.î

In fourth place was Cecilia Potts, the defending champion. Potts had looked to challenge the French in the early going, sitting only 10 seconds behind Rode and Guironnet at the end of the first lap, however, she started to fade badly after that, eventually being passed by Hanson, and coming close to being caught by fifth place finisher Lea Fl¸ckiger of Switzerland.

Top Canadian was Carrie Tuck, of Crowes Nest Pass, Alberta. The 17 year old Tuck improved two positions on last yearís Worldís and was pleased with her result: ìI started to move up (from 10th) in the second lap, as i saw the girls in front begin to slow down. I was hoping to catch 5th, but I was going as strong as I could, so I am happy.î Tuck also won the Canada Cup series and the National Championships this year.

Full results to follow shortly.

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