Pauline Ferrand-Prévôt will stop mountain biking at the end of the year

Pauline Ferrand-Prévôt confirmed on Sunday, after the Nove Mesto World Cup round, which she won, that she will retire from mountain biking at the end of the season.

Already the holder of the number of world titles since last summer (5), the Frenchwoman had already mentioned, to L’Équipe last year then in Geraint Thomas’ podcast in the fall, that she would like to return on the road for the end of her career – where she notably won a world title, the Flèche wallonne and finished 2nd in the 2014 Tour of Italy.

“This will definitely be my last season in mountain biking,” she told Eurosport on the sidelines of Sunday’s race. I want to do everything possible to be at my best this season and win the Games at home. »

Towards a departure from Ineos to participate in the Tour?

To the point of then lowering the curtain on his very rich career in the discipline? “I think I have done everything possible on a mountain bike. I still like it but it doesn’t make much sense to go beyond that. And it will be good to finish with an Olympic title at home,” said the one who has been involved with Ineos-Grenadiers since last season, with a contract running until the end of the season.

The rest of her career, and in particular a first participation in the Tour de France or Paris-Roubaix, could take shape elsewhere than in the British team which does not currently have a female squad.


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