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With a heart-breaking post, Pauline Ferrand-Prevot ended her season in dramatic fashion, stating that she was unsure when or if she’d return to racing again. Fans rejoiced when she uploaded a picture to her Instagram account of her training again. But the eagle-eye observers noticed something else: she was sporting Rapha instead of her Rabo-Liv colours.
Today, Canyon-SRAM confirmed the rumours by officially announcing her transfer to their Rapha-sponsored team.
The former multi-discipline world champion has been part of the Rabo-Liv team since its inception in 2012 but after her many successes, she struggled through a troublesome season this year, which saw her sidelined with injuries, unable to win a single race in any discipline, and walking out of the Olympic mountainbike race and her season pre-maturely.
Seemingly with a newfound pleasure in cycling, Ferrand-Prevot is happy to sign with a new team: “After five great years spent with the best riders in the world I’m glad to announce I’ll be riding for CANYON//SRAM Racing next year. Thank you to Canyon and the team for giving me the opportunity to join a super talented and strong line-up, and believing in me for the coming years,” revealing on her Facebook that she signed a four-year deal.
Canyon-SRAM team manager Ronny Lauke welcomes Ferrand-Prévot to the team. “We are happy to welcome such a young but already proven athlete to our modern program. Pauline obviously has a lot of potential, and we believe with our international roster and our approach to the sport, that she can develop further.”
“With her abilities to race in all areas Pauline has created a unique career already and it will bolster our already high quality in the team, especially in the mountains.”
The full 2017 roster of Canyon-SRAM will be announced soon.