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Multi-discipline stars dominate inaugural gravel world championships

Multi-discipline stars dominate inaugural gravel world championships

Gianni Vermeersch wins 2022 gravel world championships (GCN) Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Gianni Vermeersch took the elite rainbow jerseys in convincing fashion in Citadella While gravel…

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Gianni Vermeersch wins 2022 gravel world championships (GCN) Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Gianni Vermeersch took the elite rainbow jerseys in convincing fashion in Citadella

While gravel may be the latest cycling specialism to enter the UCI’s inner sanctum, it proved the domain of the versatile this weekend, as two of the sport’s multidisciplinary stars, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot and Gianni Vermeersch, took home the elite rainbow jerseys at the inaugural UCI-sanctioned gravel world championships in Italy’s Veneto region.

In the elite women’s race yesterday, Ferrand-Prévot outsprinted Switzerland’s Sina Frei in the walled city of Citadella after the pair dropped breakaway companions Jade Treffeisen and Chiara Teocci in the tough final kilometre. What an unbelievable season! @FERRANDPREVOT (link is external) wins her fourth World title in the space of two months by winning the inaugural UCI #GravelWorlds (link is external) �
���� Winning rainbow jerseys has become something of a weekly occurrence for Ferrand-Prévot: the gravel worlds was – staggeringly – her fourth world title of the season, after the 30-year-old won the short track, cross country, and marathon races at the mountain bike world championships earlier this summer.

It was the all-terrain superstar’s 13th senior world title of her illustrious career, and in her fourth discipline, following her successes in mountain biking, cyclocross and on the road.

Ferrand-Prévot’s latest world title wasn’t even the end of her winning streak this weekend, as she travelled through the night to compete in, and win, the Roc d’Azur mountain bike race in France. Now that’s versatility.

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