It was a meeting she had carefully prepared. “I did an internship in Tignes for three weeks”. And Camille Udny didn’t miss it. Until to tell the truth, she even managed to exceed her expectations of the Top 5 by appearing on the women’s stage of the . to climbEstage of the Tour, last Sunday. The Drômoise – native of Romans-sur-Isère – took part in the event for the third time after participating in 2018 and 2019. “It’s the biggest cyclo of the year, it was obviously an important moment in my season”. The 28-year-old athlete makes these most famous cyclosportives the most important events on his calendar, which also includes marathon mountain bike events. “FFC road racing is now taking a back seat. I play very little and when I go there it is mainly to train”.
Of course she made this choice when she discovered that she was “more comfortable with long, endurance efforts”. Designer in a design office, her main reference until then held a 4th place at La Marmotte, last year. “It was already good, but it was still a chocolate medal. So this time it’s classy to get a podium on the most beautiful cyclos!”she laughs at DirectVelo. Last Sunday, she could once again count on the support of Chadam’s infrastructure to accompany her. “It was the team manager who took us. He stopped at Lautaret the first time to refuel and then a second time a little further on the track”.
“HE WAS ESPECIALLY NOT TRYING TO FOLLOW HER”
Camille Udny, accustomed to this kind of effort, succeeded perfectly in the series of Galibier, Croix-de-Fer and Alpe d’Huez. “I always knew where I stood compared to the other girls, even though there were a lot of people, a lot of spectators and you had to be vigilant to get your bearings. People like to see where the first women are and do not hesitate to give information”. Doubled up by future winner, Brazilian Flavia Oliveira, in the Col du Galibier, Camille Udny never attempted to take the wheel from the South American. “She passed much faster than me. Don’t try to follow her (smile)”.
So no regrets for whoever cut the line twenty minutes after the most successful of the women. “I think I drove my race well. You had to be careful not to be alone in the valley, especially since the dish has never been my forte. After that, once in the passes, all you have to do is take care of yourself and climb at your own pace. Especially now that I’m starting to get to know myself well”. Now it’s time for a little rest before returning to various events in August. “But it will also depend on the weather. I don’t like running in the rain (smile)”.