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The Queen of Gravity Signs to French Manufacturer
By Andrew Juskaitis
After three legendary seasons with Team Volvo/Cannondale, Anne-Caroline Chausson, 10-time and current Downhill and Four-Cross World Champion has signed with French bike manufacturer Commencal for the 2003 race season. For the French native, her return completes a sponsorship loop that began in 1999 when Chausson left Sunn Bicycles (owned by Max Commencal) to join Team Volvo/Cannondale.
According to Cannondale’s Scott Montgomery, her decision to leave the American manufacturer for Commencal is fueled by her contentment of accomplishment in the sport and a desire to settle down with her boyfriend. “Anne-Caro has done it all, she’s winningest rider the sport has ever seen,” Montgomery commented. “I think her crash this past season [in Telluride] brought her face-to-face with the realities of the sport–serious injury is just around every corner,” he said. When asked about his opinion of her upcoming racing schedule, Montgomery explained, “I’m sure you can expect to see her at a few world cups and certainly worlds, but I’m sure she’s going to take a more laid-back approach to the upcoming schedule. She leaves us on the best terms–I’ve never worked with a racer who has provided so much valuable technical feedback, I wish her the best.”