Pauline Ferrand-Prévot scorched to her fifth world mountain bike cross-country Olympic discipline title on Saturday (12 August).
The 31-year-old Frenchwoman took the lead early on lap two of the seven 3.5km circuits in Scotland’s Glentress Forest, having spent the first lap moving to the front.
Ferrand-Prévot and compatriot Loana Lecomte formed a front pair, but only briefly as the 2014 road race world champion quickly dropped her teammate.
The INEOS Grenadiers rider kept increasing her gap and finished more than a minute clear of Lecomte to secure her second rainbow jersey at these championships after takng the cross-country short track event on Thursday.
A big battle for bronze was taking place behind between Puck Pieterse of the Netherlands and Austria’s Mona Mitterwallner . The two were together on the final lap with 21-year-old Pieterse attacking on the last descent to take the last spot on the podium.
Ferrand-Prévot now has nine individual world titles in mountain biking. She is also a former world champion in cyclo-cross and road race.
The 2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships also awarded two Paris 2024 quotas for riders who have not yet secured a quota place through the UCI Mountain Bike Olympic Qualification ranking or the 2023 Continental Championships.Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) is limited to a single spot during the event, and NOCs that have qualified through the elite race are ineligible to secure qualification through the under-23 race.As National Olympic Committees have the exclusive authority for the representation of their respective countries at the Olympic Games, athletes’ […]