IRREPLACEABLE GUIDE. In such a young team and, in some cases, less experienced than other squads in the UCI Women’s WorldTour, having a cyclist as respected into the bunch and powerful on flat courses as Aude Biannic is crucial in many races. And she’s not just a rouleur: the double French road race champion also defends herself into tougher, hillier races, with intelligence and character, and even excels into breakaways, like the one she led through the final stage of the Giro Rosa -went just 1km short for winning-. A perfect operator for the Blue train.
MAIDEN UCI VICTORY. Biannic claimed the first leader’s jersey in a UCI stagerace for the Movistar Team as she won the short, explosive prologue of the 2018 Lotto Belgium Tour. Her team-mates experimented, together with Aude herself, the responsibility to defend it at an international event for the first time in their career. In 2019, the best result for Biannic came right at the start of the season: she was 7th at the Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.
INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE. Despite being just 28, she’s got already nine years on her shoulders riding out of home soil, which includes several appearances at the Giro and the Women’s Tour as well as eight caps -the last seven consecutively, from 2013 to 2019- in the World Championships (she got a 10th place in Copenhagen 2011, just turned 20) and a brilliant outing at the London Olympics’ road race, where she came really close (10th place) to a Diploma.
Before the Movistar Team, Biannic had already raced for a Spanish squad as she joined the Lointek team in 2014, where she met Sanz and now-teammates Alicia González and Eider Merino. “I really liked how things worked in Spain and the way people enjoys life there. I just wanted to switch roles from my previous teams and take on more responsibilities – being part of this with them three is a huge boost of motivation for me.”
During her years at the FDJ / Futuroscope squad, which she joined the Movistar Team from at the end of the 2017 season, she was combining world-class bike racing with kinesiotherapy studies at university. “In the future, when I’m not racing anymore, I’d like to continue being part of this sport and travel to races doing what is the work I’ve studied for.”
- Just 1km short for a 2019 Giro Rosa stage win.
- At the 2019 Ronde van Vlaanderen.
- 2018 French road race champion.
- Winner of the Lotto Belgium Tour prologue.