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French rider Audrey Cordon-Ragot suffers stroke ahead of road world championships

I was lucky, the French Champion said to her followers in a social media post



The French road bicycle racer Audrey Cordon-Ragot has revealed she suffered a stroke a week ahead of her scheduled departure for the 2022 UCI Road World Championships.

Cordon-Ragot announced the news in a social media post after she dropped out of France’s elite women’s squad for the upcoming UCI road world championships citing medical reasons.

The French Champion said she did not immediately notice the symptoms she had, but an MRI confirmed a stroke on Sunday, September 11.

Cordon-Ragot announced her followers that she will rest and undergo an operation to address a heart condition that is likely to have caused the stroke.

“Life always has surprises in store for you and this week more than ever, I learned that it is far more important than anything else,” she said on Instagram.

“My non-presence at the next world championships, which many people claimed was down to a whim, fear of losing, lack of respect for the French team… and so on, is due to a stroke, of which I was a victim last Sunday.

“Not detected right away, I was lucky (yes, I say lucky) to be surrounded by medical staff (thank you Gwenaëlle Madouas, Maryline Salvetat and Mathieu Le Strat) who strongly advised me to carry out an MRI which surely saved my life.”

“Difficult to explain how I feel, I am exhausted, drained, sad, but at the same time so grateful and happy to have been able to return home to my loved ones,” she continued.

“My season is therefore over, as you can guess (some will say that I am a crier and a sissy, for all these people refrain from commenting!).

“I will observe a period of rest and undergo an operation to resolve the cardiac problem at the origin of my accident.

“The moral of the story is that I understood how much I loved my family, my life, more than anything and that I would not let anything or anyone take away the privilege of enjoying it 200 percent.

“Thank you to all the people who asked about me, who surrounded me: my family, my friends, the French Cycling Federation, my team and the nursing staff of the Centre Hospitalier du Centre Bretagne.”

She ended her message by adding: “To love vigorously is to live vigorously.”

The 32-year-old French rider’s successful career was marked in June by her sixth French time trial title and second national road race title, which saw her wear the famous Tricolore jersey at the following month’s inaugural Tour de France Femmes.