There aren't many athletes who can claim to be at the top of their chosen sport in three distinct disciplines. Pauline Ferrand-Prévot is one such athlete.
The bike racer competes at the very highest level of mountain bike cross-country (XCO), cyclocross and road racing and is past senior World Champion in each. Indeed, the Frenchwoman is the only person in history to hold the road, cyclocross and mountain bike world titles at the same time.
Riding a bike came naturally to Pauline Ferrand-Prévot. Her parents ran a bicycle school, her sister and brother compete in France. Since stepping on a bike as a five-year-old this native of Reims, France, has had victory on her mind.
A junior World Champion on the road and cross-country, Ferrand-Prévot turned pro in 2012 with the Rabobank-Liv team. The Dutch-based cycling outfit was the perfect place for Pauline as they allowed her to pursue objectives with them across road, cross-country and cyclocross.
The years 2014 and 2015 saw Ferrand-Prévot at the peak of her powers. Two XCO World Cup wins in 2014 were followed by victory at the Road Race World Championships in Spain. Early 2015, saw Pauline add the World Championship Cyclocross title to her palmares, followed by a second place in the Giro Rossa multi-stage road race in spring. Another XCO World Cup win came in Windham in August of that year and a month later she took the Worlds XCO title in Vallnord, Andorra.
Niggling injury problems have been the reason behind Ferrand-Prévot's disappointing performances during the 2016 bike season but with her talent it won't be long before she tops a podium again, whatever the discipline.Read more