Pauline Ferrand-Prevot makes return to road racing in French National Championships
Jun 28 2019 01:20 am CET

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot makes return to road racing in French National Championships
Pauline Ferrand-Prevot makes return to road racing in French National Championships
Photo of Pauline Ferrand-Prevot by Canyon-SRAM

Pauline Ferrand-Prevot is returning to competition on the road for the French National Championships. The rider has been already taken part in the Mountain Bike season since May.

The French rider had to have surgery in the iliac artery in January to fix a problem of blood pressure on the leg. After a long recovery process, she returned to race in Mountain Bike in May and has already reached several podium positions, including at her second UCI MTB World Cup of the season.

"The French national cup in early May was a really hard step back into high-level racing," Ferrand-Prevot explained. "So too was the World Cup in Albstadt in Germany the weekend after.

"My coach was suggesting it was too early for me to go back to racing at that level because he knew I wasn't yet in full form and believed it might not be good for my morale if things didn't go well," revealed Ferrand-Prévot. But I needed to race. I needed it for motivation for the next races, to push even harder in training."

The rider now feels ready to also make her return to the road from where she has been absent since La Course by Le Tour de France in July of 2018. "I'm doing better training than last year and that's why I'm confident," the Frenchwoman explained. "My numbers are there, the results are coming, I'm training well, and now it's up to the racing. It's why I want to do road nationals too.

"I think the road course suits me, and I would like to be a part of the French team for road world championships in Yorkshire in September. This weekend is a good way to show my chance for that."




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